Decision Fields : Embodied Algorithms

What began as an intention to produce hand printed textiles became a multi-year research project into a visual tool / process / system for marking decisions. It has distinct chapters, as it has distinct incarnations [1] : artisan business, craft that produces paintings, and, now, a reach toward something mathematical.

In process and intention, the textiles "patterns" from Dym | california textiles don't emerge from ideas of being lyrical or interesting. They mark the translation of myriad decisions onto a surface which forms a pattern field.


Through the actions of conscious agents, Decision Fields foster the emergence of infinitely variable patterns on a plane. I'm currently figuring out how to describe this process formally, as well as finding out if Decision Fields has value beyond aesthetic appeal. Decisions Fields incorporates (with neither judgement nor resistance) agent error, directional recalibrations, and unruly actions. [2] It encodes each agent's decisions as traceable marks on a surface.



Reading math papers


Signal Machines. Tangle Machines. These constructs sound like what I'm doing:



[1] It's had other names, including Infinite Stripes and Embodied Algorithms. The former, Infinite Stripes, now refers to a collection of textiles, the latter, Embodied Algorithms, is the communication game / activity version.

[2] They can also be used as the communication game, Embodied Algorithms.