A year old now I know, but I just came across this article on the Northern Rivers Echo website from the end of 2006 when I found my best mate Rhi, another of my class mates, and myself, selected for the NSW state-wide Art Express Exhibitions for 2007.
As I said, it’s a year old, but hey, it was exciting for me to find my art being exhibited all over the state including places like Albury, Orange, Grafton, Newcastle, and Sydney.
I did a fractal animation to a song by a friend of the family, Dennis Nattrass (or Wah Wah Willie). Wah Wah Willie has done some really great music. It is guitar based ambient and shows off much of his skill on the guitar. I highly recommend his album entitled “Cinema“. It adds a very unique twist on more common ambient music and is very complimentary to fractals.
I created the fractals using Apophysis and rendered them in Flam3. It was really quite an interesting experience, as I had created many fractal’s in Apophysis and had a fairly good understanding of how the software functions, the effects of different triangles and so on, however I had not done any animations before, so it was all new. I have since done another animation as a birthday present for Rhi, for which I have also created the audio.
The theory behind my animation was much deeper than what is outlined in the article in the Echo, as I explained in my film and write up, it was based on the chaos theory. My thinking behind it is as follows:
The Chaos Theory
The study of phenomena which appear random, but in fact have an element of regularity which can be described mathematically.
“Trust me…There is order here, very faint, very human.”
“There can only be one right answer in mathematics. Fractals are an art form, based entirely on maths. Like anything though, when the human element is added to math, it becomes imprecise, there can be mistakes, errors, many right answers.
Variation becomes limitless, but order remains.
From the chaos theory, fractals are born.
Trust me, there is order here.”
To my knowledge, neither of my video clips thus far are available anywhere on the internet. The first one probably never will be unless agreed to by Wah Wah Willie, but my new one just might be one of these days. Just have to wait and see.