[SISEA 1990] Artist Statement: Karl Sims – Panspermia

Artist Statement

1990 2.08 minutes

Panspermenia: The theory that life exists and is distributed throughout the universe in the form of germs or spores.

This piece depicts a single life cycle of an inter-galactic life form. Evolutionary mechanics of random variation and artificial selection were used for procedural generation of complex organic structures. Physical simulations, procedural plant growth, and 3D rendering were performed in parallel on Connection Machine Computers.

Software and Animation: Karl Sims

Sound: David Atherthon, David Grimes, Steve Blake, Target Productions

Computer Hardware: Connection Machine System CM-2

Video: Panspermia

  • Karl Sims (USA)