2017 Bridges Conference Short Film Festival

# David Zelenka

## Filmmakers

## Statement

David Zelenka enjoys teaching students in Port Angeles along the magnificent coast of the Olympic Peninsula. As an artist and web designer he began looking at how interference patterns generate beautiful designs. In 2005, David found that by using a particular spiral equation he could generate countless interesting designs. The equation he uses is: x= t*sin (t) - r*cos (t), y= t*cos (t) + r*sin (t). He calls it, "Plato's Spiral," because of the archetypal forms it contains. Since the patterns are based on the spiral, he likens the study of these forms to taking a hike in the forest or examining the creatures of intertidal ecosystems. How similar the patterns are to ferns, mosses, flowers, seedpods, seastars and sea anemones!