dynamic maps

In dynamical systems, a bifurcation occurs when a small change made to the parameter values of a system causes a sudden qualitative or topological change in its behaviour. The name “bifurcation” was first introduced by Henri Poincaré in 1885 in the first paper in mathematics showing such a behavior.

Even in simple systems such as the logistic map, bifurcations can arise and introduce chaos. A rough description of chaos is that chaotic systems exhibit a great sensitivity to initial conditions. The animation depicts a cobweb diagram of the logistic map and shows its chaotic behavior.

Unfold Human Consciousness.

A 3D map of Spiral Dynamics, an anthropologic theory on the evolution of mankind. We can witness an unfolding development, starting from its core 100,000 years ago, through the various stages of existence we have been through until today, and to our postulated manifestating future. The formation of our development rotates around the ideals of its time while it slowly unfolds into new states of being. The previous stages move towards the centre never losing their influence and adding to the grand scheme we call human consciousness.


Leap Motion Hack 02 - DirectX 11

Coding project by evvvvil is a real-time generative music visualizer controlled with hand gestures via a Leap Motion sensor - video embedded below:

Made in vvvv, HLSL and C# by Mangosh Prunier aka evvvvil. 100% audio-responsive real-time generative 3d graphics, no post-production, entirely controlled by leap motion.
Features: Custom audio responsive extrude geometry shader, custom audio-responsive particle system with geometry instancing & particle rotation, dynamic animated cube maps, multi-pass rendering with correctly occluded glow, real-time text effects, 3 track audio analysis.
How it works: Keytab gesture to start/pause extrusion, circle gesture to rewind. Red cubes react to DRUMS, extrusion reacts to BASS and blue circles react to NOISE.



(Ba)Kongo cosmograms 

Although specialists use “emblem”, “symbol” and related terms for Kongo cosmograms (dikenga), they stress that whether performed, found, or inscribed, all map complex, dynamic relations systems of knowledge. The sign is thus the tip of philosophical iceberg, and like these floating accretions, always emergent (dingo-dingo) above and below the Kalinga waters. Multidimensional “dikenga ideology” interconnects the perpetual solar round; course of all well lived life; relationships of person to community, ancestors and future generations; give-and-take of debate; political structure of local and larger polities; responsibilities of leaders and specialists’ and relationship of humanity to other creatures and land all with modes of transformation from one state of being to another.

Although “symbol” is a handy portmanteau term, the dikenga is not a unitary symbol analogous to Christian cross or national flag. Nor are some rendering more “pure” than others; rather variations attune to diverse contexts and purposes without which the dikenga could not exist or persist. Although variants like the diamond shaped metopic spot representing the soul on the foreheads o niombo figure, and the yowa do signal particular identities in appropriate contexts depends on being reducible to the identities or any single trajectory of meaning. Rather, an ensemble of practices, meaning, and the recombinant intuitional forms comprise a nexus or personal and group identity. Also, therefore, the dikenga is not tied to any given set of intuitions. Indeed, the key premise of dikenga ideology is that nothing ever survives “intact” because nothing ever survive in a fixed form.

Also, given extensive pre- and postcolonial Bantu migrations, wars, traumas in individual lifetimes, and the vast reach of related terms and concepts in Africa and the America, it stands to reason that people have used mnemonic signs to help them continually remane a recognisable world. An enduring moral compass, the dikenga offers guidance for peaceful and violent times alike. From an “Africanist perspective” then, the cosmograms attests to the significance of Kongo and Bantu thought, often in terms cognate with other African cosmologies. From a diasporic perspective it sums up a vast resource pool on which captives could draw to confront oppression in strange lands they worked to make their own.

Standing Female figure  (by the Lumbo a Bakongo subgroup/tribe) Arts of Africa collection South Gallery, Brooklyn Museum

“This figure’s arms and its diamond and cross insignia refer to the “four moments of the sun”—dawn (birth), noon (life at its fullest), sunset (the end of life’s journey), and, finally, for those who lead exemplary lives, a second dawn (rebirth)”

  • The Kongo Cosmogram in Historical Archaeology and the Moral Compass of Dave the Potter by Grey Gundaker[Historical Archaeology]