“Why don’t humans have patterned texture like animals?” director Kouhei Nakama asks with DIFFUSION, a stunning new computer-generated short film-cum-texture experiment. “Humans will be able to get it,” they answer. With such little description, you’d hope Nakama’s piece would speak for itself, and it does—in a big way. Shiny scleras descend on the skin of a female figure, echoing both the living art of Coral Morphologic and the bacteria infested bodices of Neri Oxman. According to r/cellular_automata, these are reaction-diffusion models, systems devised to simulate biological processes in mathematical testing. What’s astounding, then, is their resulting ability to feel at once natural as they do extraterrestrial.
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