PROJECT: Generative art and NFTs
ROLE: Designer, programmer
Quantrian started more than 20 years ago when I began experimenting with using generative algorithms as digital brushes to paint square-based abstract modern art inspired by my favorite artists: Piet Mondrian, Vera Molnár, Ellsworth Kelly, and more.
Today, Quantrian code relies on truly random numbers derived from the measurements of quantum energy fluctuations in the electromagnetic field of a laboratory vacuum chamber (a type of QRNG). I give the algorithm a blank canvas, and the quantumly random numbers direct the algorithm’s decisions about color, dimension, arrangement, and more.
Like a quantum fluctuation, the resulting art is ephemeral. By design, Quantrian images vanish after ten seconds. I watch and capture the most interesting artwork — not unlike a photographer observing and capturing interesting phenomena around them — and preserve the images as SVG or PNG graphics files.
From the truly random numbers, through proprietary generative algorithms, to my aesthetic and curation, each Quantrian image is truly unique — the result of a quantumly randomized and personal artistic process that is impossible to replicate. The images are now available as original NFTs through OpenSea and as fine art prints through Vsual.co.