I am a lecturer in the School of Computer Science, TU Dublin teaching courses on games, VR and creative coding. I am also the author Tunepal - a very popular search engine app for Irish trad music available for IOS, Android and online.
Have you ever been to Ozora? Well the sign reads “Welcome to Paradise” and Paradise is an apt description. When you go there you can hardly believe that such a place of music, dancing, love and beauty exists. It’s a “temporary autonomous zone”. A place where everyone decides to be kind to each other and life a different kind of life for a week.
On Friday @ Ozora I gave a talk entitled “Infinite Forms: Psychedelic Coding” about the idea that coding can be used as a means of exploring consciousnesses. We think in language and then construct reality from language. We describe and name “things” and “events” from the continuum of reality thus giving it meaning. In a similar way, the language of computer code becomes non-conscious intelligence’s we call algorithms. Code can also manifest into virtual reality through procedural generation.
Coding can also be visionary, in that I can for example envision a creature like an octopus in my project Infinite Forms, construct the creature from code and algorithms and then in VR the octopus exists. Thus coding is mind manifesting – the very definition of psychedelic.
To demonstrate this, I showed 4 psychedelic coding projects during my talk:
Overthinker – a generative visual and musical journey programmed by Donnchadh McCullagh, Conor Dunne and Marika Robel, three first year game design students from my game programming class:
DEEP – A Virtual Reality Breathing Meditation:
For more information about DEEP see here and here.
Infinite Forms – An infinite generative psychedelic world and what I use to make visuals for Paradiso Party and other festivals and events:
For more information about Infinite Forms, see here.
Emergent Wonder – Emergent artificial life simulation programmed using Unity’s new Entity Component System: