I saw a connection between computer vision, a branch of AI, and the cellular automata algorithm. The work seeks to draw a line visually, connecting an advanced social issue, like surveillance in society, reverse engineered back to a computational logic.
I used langton’s ant, an autonomous agent operating within a cellular automata system. CA’s are grid based calculations using neighbourhood relations. I was interested in how an autonomous computational entity would navigate and register a data set, in this case a photographic image.
Using a satellite image of the site of The Meeting of The Waters, the confluence of two rivers in the amazon, that due to their densities and different colours, don’t merge, but run alongside each other for several kilometers.
The work is an experimentation with showing the algorithms view of the system, which is a simplified logic, versus the human view, which is a higher quality but surface image.