12 Bit Alchemy

Exhibition at Fiber Festival

The Desire to approximate and adjust,

to continuously iterate and refine

is weaved into every form of creation.

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12 Bit Alchemy

To adapt an existing configuration, based upon an everchanging subjective need, seems to be an exclusive element of creative exploration. To investigate a material that primarily resonates within the researcher himself, seems to be a highly intrinsic feature of human behaviour. The piece “12 Bit Alchemy”, commissioned by Fiber Festival 2017 and exhibited at Prima Materia, is devoted to no other field then the act of tinkering, play and refinement itself. By merging diverse digital procedures, we continuously aim to portray the desire for computational, yet visual revelations.

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Project

The project “12 Bit Alchemy” deals with the ongoing transformation and evolution of digital matter. To explore new shapes and colours, we combined real-time procedures and pre-rendered computer graphics. Our design process aims to create chain reactions of different data containers, which were generated across multiple production steps. We call the corresponding method deferred simulation in reference to the advanced technology of deferred rendering.

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We defined more than sixty different materials using substance designer and developed a surreal mixture of stone, snow like surface and ice. We then applied those materials to different crystals and rendered each object in C4D. By using Octane as our primary renderer, we were able to generate image data describing the geometric and material attributes of the object – such as uv coordinates, 3d positions, normals, ambient occlusion or material id. By loading those data sets into our realtime vvvv application, we were able distort and deconstruct the rendered images based upon their physical characteristics. Therefor we developed a digital pseudo simulation of chemical reactions for each pixel.

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Insights

The content consists of multiple short movies rendered in octane. To create a physically correct, yet surreal experience we utilized a number of different procedures and custom software,

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C4D
Octane
Substance Designer
Houdini

Credits

Project by Waltz Binaire

Artistic Direction: Christian Mio Loclair
3D Artist: Remo Gambacciani
Sound Design: kling klang klong
Commisionened: Fiber Festival 2017
Exhibition: Prima Materia

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