Talysis I, Crystalpunk Workshop for Soft Architecture, Utrecht, Holland
’Hidden in the former utility area of a vacant 13 floor office in Utrecht, the Crystalpunk Workshop for Soft Architecture will evolve an empty room from nothingness into unknown states of technological enhancement. Unlike the alphabet that always knows where it is going, this workshop does not.’
It would be hard not to accept an invitation to visit this vacant office and its multitude of interesting invited participants and so I headed off to Utrecht on a cold November weekend with my recently completed film Talysis I.
Talysis I (9 min DVD) was made especially for the workshop. It explored elements self-organisation and autocatalytic image making with recursive symmetry using digital video feedback. The kinds of recursive forms it generates are only usually created by code and iterative functions. It embraced the intangible, slightly blurred, meaning of the Crystalpunk, crystallisation and recursivity.
Its navigates the possibility of a sentient geometry to produce a stream of geometric archetypes, a collective unconscious for emergent dynamical systems, a video feedback language system for pattern recognition.