The Hargrave-Andrew Library at the Clayton campus is proud to display the work of Faculty of IT's Professor Jon McCormack. Fifty Sisters, a series of 50 evolved digital plant images, algorithmically “grown” from computer code, opens on Thursday 2 July 2015 at 12.30pm.
The work was originally commissioned for the Ars Electronica museum in Linz, Austria.
Professor McCormack explained that in this version of Fifty Sisters, each image is presented in different forms for an entire day, the rate of change dependent on fluctuations of the stock market price of the oil company whose logos were used to generate the image.
"But oil has also changed the environment, evident from the petrochemical haze that hangs over many a modern metropolis, the environmental damage of major oil spills, and the looming spectre of global climate change. With worldwide demand for oil now at 93 million barrels per day, humanity’s appetite for oil is unrelenting. Oil companies regularly report many of the all-time largest annual earnings in corporate history."