Experimenting Fractals in Art at ARTECHOUSE

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ARTechouse is one of DC’s more different museums. Probably a bad way of describing it but weird sounded bad and too many are unique so, it’s more different. In a unique weird way.

The current exhibit explores fractals. We took Najwa and her friend Dayla out there, though I think the concept of fractals escaped them. But as long as they had fun.

They had VR goggles where you could float through some weird fractal patterns. Interestingly, Nduku seemed to spend the most time behind the VR goggles. It was too weird for me but I think she found something calming about the patterns. Of course, when I asked about it, she said it was weird.

A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over.

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