Sunday, 12 February 2012


Convergent Alchemies: a study in to the interaction between biological and mineral agents systems

The project explores the morphogenetic possibilities arising from the interconnection of multi-agents logics coming both from the biological and the chemical world. It investigates the field of self-organized geometries and the emergent properties of both living and non-living systems.

The supporting structure of the system is generated by a complex set of rules derived from the microscopic dendritic processes that occur in the formation of copper sulphate crystals. The emergent formations are never stable, but develop continuously over time, in a process of local self-regulation that produces a higly structured whole out of the interaction of simple parts.

This structure is then populated by a biological growth system inspired by the internal logic of a simple organism, the slime mold Physarum Polychephalum. This creates a complex network that self-stabilizes itself over the supporting crystals, translating the base geometry in a complex aggregation of folds, connections and bubbles.

The integration of the two systems gives rise to a multi-layered structure in which the supporting level of crystals expands itself in the organic system of the mold, creating an unstable formation continuosly changing and adapting to related modification.

_Crystal Structure - Diagrams of growth

_Slime Mold - Diagrams of growth


_Growth video

Scripting elective - Tutor Alexander Kalachev - Dessau Institute of Architecture
Convergent Alchemies team: Keila Caldera, Clara Fonte Boa, Lila Panahi Kazemi, Andrea Rossi, Bogdana Ruteska, Matteo Taramelli, Daria Vernigora