Created in Mar 2020
Derived from Kwok’s piece Autotroph created back in 2018, Autotroph.OBJ is an experiment to objectify the former’s algorithmic structure and transform it into a light installation.
The original polygon-based drawing method is revised to export .svg path per recursion level instead, with each cell hollowed out from the parental boundary. All .svg paths are later engraved onto acrylic glass sheets and sorted in order of recursion level. A customized lighting pattern travels back and forth between the first and last layer of the glasses, creating a subtle animation of cell division.