Issue 005: Fractals ft. Can Büyükberber

Issue 005: Fractals ft. Can Büyükberber

Letter from the Curators

Welcome to our fifth issue! We talked a little bit last week about how our focus is on producing great content, not a lot of content. To that end, we don't want to get bogged down by metrics, but it is worth noting that we've been blown away by just how quickly our subscriber list has grown. It truly seems like every time we talk about the beauty of physical digital convergence, endless doors open in response.

With that expansiveness in mind, this week we delve into a theme that embodies complexity and beauty, both in the natural world and in digital creation: fractals. These intricate patterns, defined by their self-perpetuation across different scales, offer a glimpse into the underlying order that governs our chaotic universe.

From the branching of trees and the formation of coastlines to the design of computer algorithms and digital art, fractals are a unifying thread that connects diverse aspects of our existence.

We brought artist Can Büyükberber and his wonderful curiosity along on the journey this week. We can't wait to hear what you think of this interview.

Thanks for joining us,
Lee & Dorothy


Can is a visual artist and director who works on immersive audiovisual experiences that blur the boundaries between physical and digital spaces. He sat with us to discuss fractals, cinema, and magic.

As a true multimedia artist, he talked a bit about working across forms:

There is an artistry in understanding your media and how to use it more effectively to present better experiences.

And his entry into convergent media:

That was a eureka moment for me. I understood that I don't have to design things for screens anymore. I can put this in a space.

The computerization of all the disciplines also creates a common dialogue and creates a platform to collaborate.

"MONOLiT" is an immersive audio-visual experience designed by Can Buyukberber for the new BMW iX. The visual experience is enriched with digital driving sounds, developed by the Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Synesthesia Curated

If you enjoy our featured artist, here are other projects you might like:

Miguel Chevalier, a French artist, crafted his artwork by transforming natural elements into digital forms. He produced "fractal flowers," a mesmerising virtual-reality installation that invites interactive exploration.

"Fractals" by the Portuguese visual artist Alexandre Farto, also known as Vhils, intricately weaves together a myriad of historical and geographical influences, blending them with pressing contemporary themes and concerns.

Artist Julius Horsthuis' "Geometric Properties" invites audiences to embark on a cinematic journey where mathematics, nature, and architecture converge to evoke introspection and wonder.

FRACTAL by Arnaud Lapierre beckons visitors into a mirrored environment, where they can stroll amidst reflections of azure sky and water. By capturing the subtle shifts of light and the evolving atmospheres of the sky, the artwork crafts an immersive experience, offering a new perspective through fragmented views.

Krakow's Przemek Podolski and Marta Basandowska craft String Art Installations where tens of thousands of straight lines intersect to form three-dimensional objects. (No link available)

Sunya Whitelight is the creator of Fractal Infinity Light Sculptures, where vibrant hues and striking forms generate endless reflections within the sculptures' intricate designs.


News, tools, and launches you should know about.

We love it when artists and agencies are willing to show behind-the-scenes. Dimensional Innovations has launched a new section of their website detailing what goes into creating their work.
You can now get a sneak preview at the upcoming Universal Epic Universe theme park.
GPJ has released their Experience Intelligent Report, EMEA (landing page is in German, the report itself is in English)
Asha Easton has a great roundup of funding for #XR companies/researchers/creative
ARCADE is the latest immersive audio experience from DARKFIELD. Using the nostalgic 8-bit aesthetic of 1980’s video games, ARCADE’s interactive narrative explores the evolving relationship between players and avatars. Open Tuesday, March 12 - Sunday, March 24, D.H. Lawrence Pavilion, University of Nottingham, UK.
XP Land has released their Ultimate Experiential Guide to SXSW.
Niki Herr and Nandi Smythe of Xpedition gave a great talk on Building More Inclusive On-Set Experiences.

Divergent Inspiration

We believe some of the most powerful inspiration comes when we least expect it. Each week we'll share something that has us excited, outside of our normal source of material.

Time, oh time!

Time is the elusive river we're all floating down, isn't it? I've always found it fascinating, this intangible force that governs our lives yet remains so abstract. Sometimes it feels like we're racing against it, desperately trying to catch up or stay ahead, while other times it slips through our fingers like sand, leaving us yearning for just a little more. It's both a comforting constant and a relentless taskmaster, reminding us of our mortality with every tick of the clock. Yet, despite its omnipresence, time remains a mystery, its true nature as elusive as ever.

And then there are those moments when time seems to stand still, when everything aligns perfectly and we find ourselves suspended in a fleeting pocket of eternity. It's in those moments that we catch a glimpse of something beyond the confines of our daily lives, something timeless and eternal. Perhaps time isn't just a linear progression from past to future, but rather a vast tapestry of moments woven together in a complex dance of cause and effect. Whatever it may be, one thing's for certain: time is both our greatest ally and our most formidable adversary, shaping our lives in ways we can scarcely imagine.


Pi (1998)

The theme this week took me back to 1998, when a then unknown filmmaker named Darren Aronofsky was causing stirs with his debut feature film, Pi.

The protagonist is obsessed with finding the underlying pattern of the world (and specifically stock market). While his obsession ended poorly for him, it was my first introduction to the concept that there are patterns we can find across multiple scales, ultimately leading to me discovering fractals.

I gave it a watch again and it's no surprise Aronofsky has remained one of my favorite filmmakers for nearly 25 years. His work is a wonderful reminder to not get overly lost in linear, reality-based storytelling, and to not be afraid to allow your audience to feel the story, as much as you tell them the story.


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