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First published 20 July 2015

Hybrid Forms (2015)

Andy Lomas

Abstract (Excerpt)

Hybrid Forms is a new work created for ECAL 2015, and represents the latest stage in a series of work called Cellular Forms. Inspired by Alan Turing, Ernst Haeckel and D'Arcy Thompson, these works use simplified biological models of morphogenesis to explore the generation of complex three dimensional structures.

Each form starts with a small initial ball of cells which is incrementally developed over time, adding iterative layers of complexity to the structure. The aim is to create forms emergently from the interactions between individual cells, exploring generic similarities between many different shapes in nature rather than emulating any particular organism. The process reveals universal archetypal forms that can come from growth-like processes rather than top-down externally engineered design.