The objective of this exercise was to connect-the-dots between the left and right side of my mind, to melt the analytic + creative perspectives together and generate thought-provoking art.
For the former, I had been working in MATLAB a lot since the time I worked with the Taylormade-Adidas Golf’s R+D department and I knew it could handle an incredible amount of heavy lifting beyond Flash’s capabilities, making it a scalable approach for the future if I was interested in pursuing that path further.
For the creative part of the exercise, I originally intended to use Photoshop because the beta at the time included some of Tom Ruark’s magic which enabled MATLAB to drive Photoshop in real-time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to emulate natural media as well in Photoshop vs. Painter, so I decided to play off of my previous experience with Painter’s scripting language (see Painter<>Flash: The Color Collection).
I ported Jared Tarbell’s Lorenz Attractor Flash code from Levitated.net to MATLAB and then generated a painting script for Painter. I love, on the one hand, how organic this image looks, its precision and how it hugs math / algorithms at the same time.