In the mid-1990s, William Latham amazed the world with his Organic Art PC application and screensavers – introducing the public to bizarre, other-worldly forms rendered using cutting-edge genetic algorithms that continually mutate simple shapes into elaborate organic lifeforms. I’ve always been fascinated by generative art, and have long dreamt of creating an interactive installation where participants can influence the algorithms by their presence or movement. Walabasquiat uses Processing on Raspberry Pi and Android with the Walabot sensor as input parameters to create a unique, ever-evolving tapestry of pixels in response to the movement of its viewers.
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