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Algorithms transform Chicago scenes into trippy lobby art

Algorithms transform Chicago scenes into trippy lobby art
From Engadget - January 15, 2018

ESI Designs created the installation at 515 North State, the first US skyscraper created by Pritzker award-winning architect Kenz Tange. The building used to be the home of the American Medical Association, but now touts "best-in-class connectivity," rooftop honeybees and organic gardens. The brutalist-style gray lobby, while foreboding, is the perfect backdrop for ESI Designs' colorful installation.

The videos at first appear to be just wild, streaking colors, but eventually they morph into realistic images of boats, trains and people. The images are created by custom paint-simulation software "in a poetic interpretation of human vision," as ESI design puts it.

"Our custom software analyzes each video for moving objects, so moments like a person walking, or a car driving become the 'brushstrokes' that slowly create each abstraction," explained Purver. "As each video collides with the next, new compositions unfold in real time, literally creating thousands of possibilities in this one-of-a-kind evolving digital artwork."

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