DescriptionNobody ever said that science is easy. Solving the mysteries of science requires hard work. While there may be one 'ah-hah' moment---where the true form of the problem is revealed---that moment is always preceded by countless hours of careful research.In the course of my own dissertation research, I consulted several books and hundreds of academic papers with over 5000 pages in total. Distilling this knowledge and adding my own minor contributions still led to 400 new pages of text and 600 pages of computer code.This image represents the paper equivalent of that work. Each revision of each page of code that I wrote appears on one page in this image. In addition, the code on the pages was actually used to create the flowing forms in the image. The fluid-like cascade of paper reminds me of feeling overwhelmed at the volume of information that had to be considered.
Mark J. Stock, Newton, MA Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement Mark Stock is a programmer, researcher, and artist who explores the boundary between the real and the unreal reflected in the sciences of fluid dynamics, computer simulation, and visual perception. He has had work appear in juried exhibitions since 2001, including Ars Electronica, ASPECT Magazine, and six SIGGRAPH Art Galleries.
He first learned simulation and visualization by programming Moire patterns and particle dynamics routines on a Commodore computer. His interests in mathematics and programming followed him through high school and led him to acquire degrees in engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. An interest in photography led him to discover computer graphics as an undergraduate at U-M. He spent several years exploring different techniques and tools for creating virtual images. In 1999, while attempting to debug some of his simulation software, he rendered the suspect program's output with a highly-accurate lighting visualization package called Radiance. This inadvertent discovery of an unnatural beauty, hidden within the sciences of computational fluid dynamics and radiosity, prompted him to pursue this branch of new media art. Now, using computationally-intensive tools and methods, he creates artwork that examines perception and humanity in this world of ubiquitous computation.
Mark works for a small fluid dynamics research company in California. He currently resides with his wife and their two cats in Newton, MA.