Do you see random shapes and faces in the clouds or your food? Do you see patterns where others don’t? This is apophenia, the human tendency to perceive patterns and connections in random data.
Apophenia is a website that showcases abstract movements in generative code patterns such as Perlin noise, 3D Perlin noise (Mesh), and the Mandelbulb. Through this project, viewers not only have the opportunity to observe mesmerizing patterns but also to actively engage with them by submitting their own responses and viewing others' contributions. The patterns are presented in a dynamic composition, recorded in video format, and set against a monochrome black-and-white theme to emphasize their intricacies. Ultimately, Apophenia aims to inspire curiosity and appreciation for the intersection of art and technology by stimulating the imagination through the exploration of complex and beautiful patterns.
The goal is to invite viewers to take a closer look at the world and question the patterns hidden in plain sight. Through an archive of viewers’ responses and associations with these patterns, the work sheds light on the impact of apophenia on our interpretation of the world around us. How do you make connections in the world around you? Take a closer look, and see what patterns emerge.