Digital artwork is what Peter Koraca does best. Engaging the nexus between interactive art and 2D/3D designs, Koraca’s data visualizations and sound installations are made for viewing on your desktop and mobile devices. Imagine, scientific art in the palm of your hand. Founder of Crow Interactive Digital Studio, Koraca leads a talent of coders, artists and composers alike in his collective.
His work Traces a Flock is an interactive digital artwork. Inspired by the movement of small birds and bats, Koraca created a self-drawing painting that leaves a digital canvas on your screen.
Of course, as this is an interactive art piece, I had to try it out for myself. The interactive web version mimics birds during the day (black on white) and represents night flight patterns of bats at night (white on black). By manipulating one of the three customizable features, I can create many different flock-like patterns.
Here, I have inverted the background to represent flight patterns at night and included trace outlines (below). The blue circles follow the “boids” as they travel together in small and large flocks, or sometimes randomly on their own. When clicking my mouse to drop more “boids” its position dictates whether they join an existing flock, or travel independently.
When I remove the “traces” and include only the “debug” features, beautiful blue circles appear and float majestically across the screen. Each “trace” leaves a ghost trail in its wake, becoming darker only when overlapping with other “traces.”
Finally, I left the “traces” feature untouched to allow the bird-like triangles to emerge. By clicking my mouse, I would drop large and small “boids” at random; watching their individual patterns appear. Between the chaotic scene, a semblance of order becomes visible as the “boids” travel together or split apart.
This work provides a highly entertaining user interface for public interaction.