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Don Miller, 2012

For the past two years I've worked with Data Garden, performing live visuals at their annual Switched-On Garden events, held at the historic Bartram's Gardens in Philadelphia. In their own words, Data Garden "research[s] the heritage of primitive electronic art and explore[s] the synthesis of biological and digital technologies as a channel of human expression". Meditating on this mission, I decided to program a simulation of diffusion-limited aggregation to "grow" a structure from an image.

Below is an animated GIF showing one run of the simulation, with full size images following. Each time the simulation is run, it's a bit different, and mimics natural crystal growth.