Game of Pixel

Conway’s Game of Life (GOL) is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970. The game evolution is determined by its initial, typically random, configuration, requiring no further input. One plays with the Game of Life by creating an initial configuration and observing how it evolves. GOL purpose is to show how complex behaviors similar to life can emerge from simple rules of interaction between many bodies.

A run of the GOL starting from a random configuration, lasting 512 generations and then restarting. A cell is a square of side 5 pixels: white cells are alive, black cells are dead.

I coded a variant of GOL called Game of Pixel (GOP) in Processing and ran it on the pixels of an input image. The effect is as if images are invaded by a colony of artificial life that feeds of pixels, expanding along unpredictable paths.

Read this Medium post for more on the making-of process. Resulting images are tokenized on KnownOrigin and SuperRare. A couple of examples follow.

Μετέωρα, 2018, SuperRare
In the Game of Christ, 2018, SuperRare