Natural Static is a generative NFT series that feeds video of natural motion into a pixel-based water simulation, creating representations of physical motion that are both highly digital and deeply analog.
The piece is fully responsive, and uses WebGL to turn each pixel on your screen into its own feedback system. Each pixel has a high probability of sampling its previous state, and a low probability of sampling the underlying video.
This system turns your screen into a primitive water simulation, which is then disturbed by the videos of water taken IRL. Once the piece begins, the video sampling could be removed and the last few seconds of motion would continue to loop across the pixels.
Increment - pixels are incremented until they reach max brightness , then roll over to min brightness
Decrement - pixels are decremented until they reach min brightness, then roll over to max brightness
RGBIncrement - the red, green and blue channels of each pixel are incremented at varying rates, and are individually rolled over to 0
RGBDecrement - the red, green and blue channels of each pixel are decremented at varying rates, and are individually rolled up to
Each work also includes a live-generated audio aspect, which uses the same frequency values as the Feedback Speed traits to oscillate six channels of pink noise.
Source videos and code are hosted on Arweave, a permanent and decentralized storage blockchain. Information on the filming location, weather and time of day for video can be obtained by calling getVideoInfo(tokenId) on the contract. In the case a video file is lost, the artist authorizes the collector to re-create the video using the parameters in the videoInfo file.
Edition size is 2x the number of source videos in the collection, for a total of 416. These videos were taken by the artist in multiple locations in Montreal and New York, the artist making digital art by standing still by a river.
Natural Static launches en tandem with exhibition Generative Art Beyond the Algorithm, curated by Brian Droitcour.
Edition of 416 - 0.1 ETH
Date: Wednesday, September 27th
Allowlist for Salt, Social Contracts, Canonicon and Jonathan’s drops collectors at noon ET / 18 hs CEST
Public: 1pm ET / 19hs CEST