Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sculplture and Murmuration

How do you understand enormous changing forms made of living creatures?

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
You don't. You just watch in awe.

A mumuration is a gathering of starlings.
PS. It's amazing how quickly interesting information can spread. After writing this post, I've been sent emails, facebooks, etc containing this video. If you've already seen it, watch it in the context of sculpture rather than nature.  What other than living organisms could create sculpture that constantly changes shape?


Deb said...

How do we as humans begin to understand such complex natural processes? We model them. In this case, through computers and simulation. I just came back from the supercomputing conference in Seattle, SC11. This could have been one of the simulations presented by a National lab or university. Yet, there is still a wide conceptual gap between
the parts (the math and the code)
and the whole (that beautiful image.)

Patrick Gracewood said...

Deb, I don't know how or where one would begin to create a computer simulation of that flock. I'm sure there's tremendous satisfaction and beauty in getting the code to function but I stand a better chance of understanding it by becoming those 50 thousand birds and flying it myself.....

Here's the link to the conference Deb attended: