Forgetful Tree Lifespan with Obstacle A

Forgetful Tree Lifespan with Obstacle A

Janus Fouche 2019

A drawing grown out of a generative algorithm.

Thousands of virtual ants explore their world, leaving a trace of their path for
others to follow. A scent-memory.
The work (part of the Forgetful Trees series) starts out as a single tiny dot, and over
time, as the ants explore outward, lines are drawn tracing their paths. Once an ant
reaches the end of its lifespan and dies, a new one is born at the root of the tree.

Every ant initially follows the first scent it can find, and then continues exploring
further, in a direction it's most confident about. Over time the scent gets distorted,
uncertain, and eventually disappears beneath hundreds of thousands of fresh
Additionally, an obstacle is placed in their path- obstructing the initial exploration
and shaping the development of drawing, and then later being embraced as
branches grow to engulf it.
The works in the series are each printed in the exact same scale. Physically larger
pieces are older trees, while the smallest ones are as few as 1600 generations.
This piece has taken 43 788 generations of ants to grow.

450mm x 1200mm
Algorithm, Digital print on German Etching Paper
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