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November 5th 2009

BMFAC 2009

The winners of the Benoît Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2009 have been announced. I'm pleased that one of my entries, 20090822-1, has been selected. Moreover, two other images among the winners apparently use my "SFBMII" public coloring algorithm for Ultra Fractal. These are Urban geography by Bill Beath and Tension by Joe Zazulak. This algorithm is the first I wrote (back in 2001) to use systematically the idea of pattern piling with a wide diversity of patterns.

As I was in the jury of the two previous editions, I feel obliged to comment on the choices... It's nice to see some artists I enjoy, like Pasternak, with 310509. I like also Velvet by Ulli Behrendt, Autumn by Alexey Ermushev and Sandcastles by Esin Turkakin. Given the title of the contest, it's pretty annoying to see two images (here and here) with no fractal structure whatsoever except maybe a feeble texture. I like Christofer Oldfield's winning entry very much, yet again, given that this is a contest supposed to promote fractal aesthetic, this entry of his would have been more suitable imho.

Here are non-winning works that enjoyed a lot:
Average patterns array by Mark Dow
Wunderlich's spiral peano by Mark Dow
Brasswood by Vic Eberly
Glass ceiling by Adam Alexander
Nano-byte by Christopher Oldfield
[Update]: Looking more closely, I found a few more works I like:
1 on 15 cusp by Jos Leys
Rusting Dragon by Morgen Bell
Glass Clock by Morgen Bell
Whatzthat II by Eric Prevost
Ice flower by Ulli Behrendt
Linear duality by Dauna Beutel
The Twisted Land by David Makin
Tsunami by Bill Beath
Mechanism by Bill Beath
Emotional Landscapes by Esin Turkakin.

Anyway, here is my entry.


The winning works will be exposed at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad, India. This is the most important conference in mathematics, taking place every four years, at which the prestigious Fields medals (more or less the equivalent of the Nobel prize for mathematics) are awarded. As many mathematicians will look at the exhibition, it is a pity to have included non-fractal images and to have left out the pictures with the most obvious mathematical content, like the ones of Jos Leys and Mark Dow, for instance.

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