behavioural forms


Bell makes work by writing interactive programs and then using them to generate shapes and forms, recording views that interest him. The recording process is similar to taking photographs of actual scenes. Sometimes he selects images to produce as prints or animated sequences.

In 2010 he found that the largest images he could generate using his program on a MacBookPro were 8000 x 1002 pixels, leading him to make panoramic images. Some of the work he did at the time is documented here.

panoramic view of trails  

A version of the image above was made as a giclee print measuring 72" x 9" and was exhibited at the Shape Modeling International 2013 Conference Exhibition and Screening held in Bournemouth. The image was selected from a number of views of shapes generated during 2010.

The image below shows a detail of the image above at full scale. Below that is an installation shot of the print and of the live interactive piece which visitors could explore in the Shape Modeling International Exhibition.

detail of trails  
iMac with Beesworld running