Gene Shuman

CTO / Chief Artist
Entropy & Sons
San Francisco
Experimenting with video feedback loops on our auditorium's projection system while in college, the artistic potential of recursive systems became readily apparent. Over the proceeding years I began to digitize components of the process one by one until left with an entirely virtual feedback system, exploiting the then novel computational capabilities of GPU's for real time rendering. A virtual feedback system is amenable to mathematical precision. Complex analytic spatial transformations are available in lieu of the roughly affine transformations of a video camera. And the fidelity of the recursion is now limited only by processing capability as opposed to camera CCD quality, projector lenses, placement, etc.
crystalcortex
61 x 61 cm
digital print on metal
2019
The artworks presented here are created by a recursive feedback process. A sequence of frames is generated. Textures and shapes are drawn and the result is combined with a version of the previous frame which is spatially deformed by an elementary complex function. The result is then processed through an origami-like transformation both to add additional self similarity and to reflect the (finite)buffer across the entire plane. Various other artistic transformations & processing steps are implemented along the way as the process is repeated.

The algorithm & software have been in development in some form for 19 years, combining my interests in math, computer science and art.
read symbol, move tape
61 x 61 cm
digital print on metal
2019