The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: 18F44

Whoa, who would have thought that mutating hexagons could be so beautiful. It's like watching a sheet of sentient paper origami itself into form.


As Raven Kwok, the programmer behind this haunting animation—which was generated in real time in Processing—describes,

18F44 is a further study based on EDF0, the recursive structure was first extended to 3d protrusion based on a regular hexagon...In this version, the base regular hexagon is replaced by a group of six intersecting planes to provide more complexity. In addition, I create a more flexible controlling mechanism which allows me to separately play with each child on each level of the structure. You can see processes of "growth", "mutation","protrusion" and "deconstruction" in this movie clip demonstration.

However he does it, the results are amazing.



I know the music had a lot to do with it but why are so many of these random computer-generated images so alien and eerie? I once played chess with a computer that had its own arm to move the pieces around. I only did it once because it creeped me right out. The computer won, by the way—and quite handily, I might add.