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Sabina Hyoju Anh (KR)

Fractal

2015- 2021
Multi-channel video installation, generative algorithm

Generated in real time, this series of hypnotic videos results from the artist’s fascination with the iteration of patterns and the underlying order hidden behind the apparent chaos of the natural world. 

Intrigued by this dichotomy, the artist used a Lindenmayer System, known as L-system – employed to describe the behaviour of plant cells and to model plant growth processes – and merged it with inspirations from Chaos theory. 

Chaos theory is an interdisciplinary theory stating that, within the apparent randomness of chaotic complex systems, there are underlying patterns, interconnectedness, constant feedback loops, repetitions, self-similarity, self-organization, and of course fractals.

The term fractal, from the Latin fractus for broken or fragmented, was coined by the mathematician Mandelbrot in 1975. Simply put, a fractal is a set that is more irregular than those described by traditional mathematics.

No matter how much this type of set is magnified, a fractal preserves the richness and complexity of its overall structure, while its smaller and smaller details become visible.

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