'GENERATIVE JIGSAW PUZZLES' BY NERVOUS SYSTEM

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Nervous System is a Massachussetts-based design studio founded by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, who developed two series of 'generative jigsaw puzzles'. Each board is entirely unique: the pattern of its pieces is designed via computational algorithms, and the artwork is created by australian artist Jonathan McCabe via generative computations. 
From coral aggregations to interference patterns, a study of natural phenomena is an essential ingredient to their design process. 




These puzzles marry the artistry of traditional wooden jigsaw puzzles with the possibilities of new technology. Custom software generates a different cut pattern and image for every puzzle. The images are printed on archival paper, mounted on birch plywood and laser cut.

The inspiration for the shape of the pieces was the introduction to ammonite suture patterns and models of laplacian growth. A late night exploratory trip to the Ebay rocks and fossils category brought this lovely fossil into our lives. 
The 110 million year old fossil of cleoniceras ammonite that influenced the design of the 'generative jigsaw puzzles’. 


the 'whimsies' of the puzzles include: 1 - algae micrasterias apiculata (single cell); 2 - algae micrasterias thomasiana (during cell division); 3 - algae euastrum pecten4 - algae pediastrum darwinii; 5 - foram lenticulina anaglypta; 6 - diatom campyloneis grevillei (top view); 7 - radiolarian tetracranastrum bifurcatum8 - radiolarian collosphaeridae, species unknown; 9 - amoeba proteus; 10 - copepod clytemnestra scutellata; 11 - a myovirus bacteriophage; 12 - a mitochondrion; 13 - the optical microscope








To see more visit their website www.n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com

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