Capital M

Capital M, the graduation show of the Master Art students in Antwerp wanted to start their exhibition with a bang. The brief was simple; create a 10 sec. mapped video, ending or starting with the Capital M. The result was a nice mix of styles and colors by different participants. A short impression of my contribution to the mapping project: “Breeding animations” 🌀

For my piece I marked 9 propulsion points on the building which were used to steer the dots and lines to their ideal spot in order to form the Capital M.

A technique called “genetic algorithm” was used to find the ideal pulse sequence for the propulsion points.

    For each new breed I used 9000 simulations with a very low mutation rate in order to get working results between 10 or 50 generations. It took around 3 hours to find a working sequence. All code is available at Github.

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    Example of a few generations

    I highly recommend the chapter Chapter 9. The Evolution of Code in the book Nature of Code by Daniel Shiffman if you want to learn more about this algorithm.


    St Lucas & Royal Academy Antwerp

    Mapping concept




    Concept & Design