Morphogenesis Series

Morphogenesis Series is a collection of digital still images created using custom computer software based on biological models of development. A rule-based developmental model is used to model the growth and form of selected native Australian species. The rules are a kind of ‘digital DNA’ that defines the growth and development of the plant in a simulated environment. The DNA can then be subject to mutation, ‘genetic splicing’ (where segments of DNA from two or more species are intermixed) and evolutionary processes, allowing individual species to evolve based on aesthetic or other subjective criteria.

Geometric model generated by the software (detail)

These processes lead to strange, yet familiar models of archetypal Australian flora. They are structurally and topologically coherent, yet could probably never exist as real biological form: impossible nature.

The software generates highly detailed and complex 3D geometric models which are rendered as digital images. These images are then printed as lightjet prints on archival photo media.

A limited number of prints from the series are available for sale. For purchase enquiries please contact Novamedia Arts.

A related project, Bloom, uses similar techniques.