-> Jul. 2022
-> Keywords: Generative Art
-> To the Animation

Using a generative algorithm—namely, the “vehicle system”—as brush strokes, Borderline Travesty evolves over time to produce a fluid, never-repeating artwork that meditates on the traffic across the US-Mexico border.

By sequentially encoding multiple “motors” and “sensors” in virtual vehicles, we acquire a moving agent that reacts to its environment and finally behaves in a way that is complicated, flexible and adaptive, and even appear to be intelligent. Hundreds of these vehicles are populated in Borderline Travesty, and they depart from a line in the shape of the US-Mexico border, moving forward to their destinations but being attracted or repelled by the adjacent landscapes (major immigration cities) on their ways. Their trajectories are thus rendered through time.

While the logic behind the vehicle system is purely mechanical, their movements become somewhat self-organized, cognitive, and intelligent. Echoing back to the immigration and transports through the border, the vehicles’ curvy trajectories remind us of the swings and roundabouts—in the scale of life!—that travelers have to go through.  

Among so many routes, were you also one of the vehicles traveling back and forth?

Borderline Travesty (close-up)
8964*7520 px (variable size)

Borderline Travesty

Digital Rendering

Borderline Travesty (prints)
16.53 x 16.53 inches