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AboutCollaborating as boredomresearch, Southampton-based Vicky Isley and Paul Smith make artworks inspired by the diversity that exists in nature. Their practice uses computer modelling techniques to explore the creative potential of diversity. Inspired by pattern formations such as the marks on butterfly wings, boredomresearch create new, intricate and diverse forms of intrigue and beauty. In many of their artworks they have employed artificial life techniques to bring these forms to life creating works that unfold in real time.
Brilliant Cloud is the name given to boredomresearchs' latest work, in which hundreds of bands of vibrant colour combine to create cloud like formations. Inspired by patterns formed in agate (a form of volcanic quartz) they are neither cloud nor rock but play with the space between these two very opposite substances. Also, included in the exhibition are boredomresearchs' latest software objects Lost Calls of Cloud Mountain Whirligigs - a world populated with mysterious flying life forms called Whirligigs, inspired by birds of paradise, flower petals and mechanical flying machines. As time passes unique Whirligigs are created with new forms, colours and their own song. Each visitor gets to see just one slice from the immense diversity explored over time.
boredomresearch are ArtSway Associates. Their work has been exhibited throughout the world and is in many private collections as well as in the collection of the British Council.