This event has already happened! Sorry.
“Once and Future Cities” is the creation of Bentley Ousley, local artist, computer programmer, composer and musician who has brought together an international team of “code” artists and fractal designers, to create this 45-minute immersive experience. Over the past decade, Ousley has worked extensively with electronic compositions, one of which earned him the grand prize in the Warner Brothers Pictures’ “Inspiring the Future” competition. He learned about fractals while researching visuals to pair with his music. Ousley said, “When I discovered fractal art, I became so enthralled with what these artists were doing, I thought it only appropriate that they have a canvas more in keeping with the scale of their ambitions. So, instead of a panel on a web page, I’ve adapted their work for the 60 foot, 360 x 180 degree dome of the Gottlieb Planetarium.’”
Fractals are images created by mathematical formulas. “When you look at these amazing images,” Ousley said, “it’s hard to believe they weren’t created in the traditional sense – no direct manipulation of visual input whatever. Instead, they were created by expressing mathematical formulas through computer code. These formulas become both their paint brush and canvas. These ‘recipes for universe creation’ are amazingly compact, most often expressed in just a couple hundred lines of computer code! These fractal designers manage to distill the essence of both natural and man-made processes and landscapes into concise mathematical formulas and express them through the creation of amazingly engaging and believable miniature universes!” Well, not so ‘miniature’ after May 1st.
The show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Tickets for the event will be $15. You can purchase tickets in advance through Science City’s website or at the entrance of Science City on the day of the event. Proceeds from “Once and Future Cities” will support After the Harvest, a local, grass-roots hunger-relief organization started in 2014.