A Tour of Hypothetical Waterfalls

Year 2023
Edition Size Edition of 100
Format Custom software (colored, silent)
File Format JavaScript(p5.js), HTML, CSS
Dimension Dimensions variable, 1000:1460

Assistant software developer Rodjun

Released on April 2023 by The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Cactoid Labs. Project Remembrance of Things Future Vol. 2

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About Remembrance of Things Future

Released on the blockchain in phases, Remembrance of Things Future is engineered and curated by Cactoid Labs, conceived and created in support of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Remembrance of Things Future includes historic limited editioned and generative artworks by Monica Rizzolli, Ix Shells, Jen Stark, Emily Xie, Sarah Zucker, 0xDEAFBEEF, William Mapan, Tyler Hobbs and other digital practitioners.

Following a long tradition of artist benefit editions created in collaboration with the museum, a percentage of proceeds from these new digital editions goes to support LACMA’s Art & Technology Lab, which gives grants to artists experimenting in interdisciplinary dialogues across art and industry.

Remembrance of Things Future coincides with LACMA’s exhibition Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982, a pivotal reappraisal of art in the age of the mainframe, organized by Leslie Jones, Curator of Prints and Drawings. Opening February 12, 2023 and running through July 2, 2023, Coded examines the critical, but long-overlooked relationship between early computer art and broader art movements of the time, such as Op Art, Fluxus, Conceptual Art and Minimalism. Following on the heels of the groundbreaking artists featured in Coded such as Vera Molnar and Manfred Mohr, the contemporary artists in Remembrance of Things Future point us back to the past and forward into the unknown.

A Tour of Hypothetical Waterfalls at NFT.NYC 2023
Image by Shanti Shoji

In "A Tour of Hypothetical Waterfalls," the generative code-based series, the artist engaged in a dialogue with Katsushika Hokusai's iconic 19th-century woodblock prints, specifically "A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls" from LACMA's collection. The series was crafted by isolating Hokusai's primary compositional elements, including the blue waters, the yellows, browns, and greens surrounding forests with its trees, rocks, and mountains, and thoroughly examining their interplay. JavaScript and p5.js served as the foundational tools to transform these elements into the core components of the artist's work.

Sketches for the project, 2023

An interesting fact about this artwork is that the metadata, typically used in generative art to calculate how rare an image trait is, was instead used by the artist to create a fictional name for the waterfall. Naming the falling waters is another reference to Katsushika Hokusai, who visited and depicted the unique beauty of eight waterfalls in "A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls." By assigning a name to the waterfall, the artist infuses it with a sense of identity and uniqueness, echoing Hokusai's intention to celebrate the individual beauty of each waterfall.

Falls of Ono on the Kisokaidō
Series: A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls
Katsushika Hokusai 
circa 1833-1834

The notable falls in pyramid province

The error falls in supply province
The step falls in shoot province
The daughter falls in law province
The brand falls in empower province
The snake falls in sister province
The hundred falls in bachelor province