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Ancient Courses of Fictional Rivers

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Ancient Courses of Fictional Rivers #687

About Ancient Courses of Fictional Rivers

Ancient Courses is a generative experience that explores the aesthetics of meandering rivers and the settlements that form on their banks. The design is graphic and cartographic with bold color palettes rendered against map iconography and line sensibility. From the river banks, roads stretch across the landscape: sometimes a single access road, other times sprawling towns. The river meandering is simulated via a custom algorithm which closely models the real world process.

Press 'r' to reset the simulation. Press 's' to save an image to disk. Press 'h' to re-run the simulation at print res. This is significantly slower than the default screen res version. The progress bar at the bottom of the screen shows how long before the print-res image is automatically saved to disk.

A limited number of Ancient Courses mints will come with a Treasure Map feature. The owner can request a physical print (max one print per treasure map).

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Robert Hodgin

Robert Hodgin is a digital artist based in Brooklyn, where he lives with his husband and two cats. He also is a founding partner of Rare Volume, a design and technology studio with offices in New York City and Austin. He has been creating art with computers for over two decades. He studied sculpture and industrial design at RISD before switching over to creating digital art. He is most at home when creating automated systems like murmurations of birds or shoals of fish. His science and mathematics background drives his creativity more than anything else.

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Mar 29, 2022, 5:00 PM UTC

25% of the proceeds will be donated via Endaoment to local and national charities for environmental causes, tech literacy, and the arts. A portion of the funds will also go towards humanitarian aid for those effected by the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine.

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