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The Flow

The Flow visually reimagines physical processes that we are unable to directly observe with any imaginable medium, while referring to modern physical theories and scientific visualisation processes. It alludes to ideas of digital physicscomplexity and  information theories as well as the concepts of universal Darwinism, emergence and supervenience.

Awarded Best Sound Design to Echoic Audio, at the Van D'Or Awards 2012

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Inner Cell


fig. 27 Biosemiosis


fig.3 Inner Cell


fig.2 Cell Nucleus


fig.31 Atomic Orbital


fig.11 The Atomic Nucleus




The Layers

Information. Continuously being transmitted and received, always in formation. It radiates out of itself and interacts with itself like ripples of water. With each interaction, a unique combination of information is expressed, a code that is processed by another code, increasing in complexity. An algorithm that expresses itself in increasingly complex calculations. This is the flow of information.



In M theory encoded physical information is thought to be released from multi-dimensional entities, called M-branes, and is expressed in the different properties of elementary particles. These qualities determine how particles interact with each other, resulting in thefundamental interactions that give rise to the universe.

Quarks, gluons and sea quarks

Quarks, gluons and sea quarks

Quarks, gluons and sea quarks

Quarks are coded to interact with each other by continuously exchanging a threefold force which binds them together. The force is expressed in a myriad of virtual quarks and gluons that act as carriers of information from one quark to the other. This force is so relentless that quarks are never found in isolation but always in groups.

Nucleons, mesons and gluons

Nucleons, mesons and gluons

Nucleons, mesons and gluons

Groups of quarks hold more complex information that encode another level of entities, such as protons and neutrons. These entities are held together by the residual forcereleased from their constituent quarks, exchanging information by releasing pairs of quarks. The sub-system of quarks that arises from the interaction of these entities creates yet another layer of code, the nucleus.

Atomic Orbitals

Atomic Orbitals

Atomic Orbitals

The nuclear complex is able to interact with different information entities like electrons, forming new groups of codes. Electrons occupy the space around the nucleus within clouds of probability known as atomic orbitals. Together with the nuclear system they create a new class of entities coded by the varying amounts of nucleons and electrons interacting with each other. This diverseinteraction of nucleons and electrons creates the different types of atoms or elements.

Biomolecules and cell organelles

Biomolecules and cell organelles

Biomolecules and cell organelles

Elements eventually create compound structures, which through complex interactions give rise to organic macromolecules that can wind themselves up in long strings and walls of code, like RNA and membranes. These codes build massive structures, the organelles that reside within the cell, each communicating with each other, working together to build even more complex 3D information like proteins and hormones.

Layer upon layer the flow builds new codes that create new codes, each version computing a new state based on the previous one. Information becomes a single continuum of reinterpreted data projecting from a simpler state out to a more complex one. It appears like an endless seamless pattern with no beginning or end flowing out of and into eternity, a crystalline fractal, a message that forever reiterates itself.



The Flow Annotated

Annotated version showing each integrative level of the flow.



Limited editions available in the shop.

The Nucleus

Data Processing in the Nucleus


The Atomic Nucleus

Data Transmission at the Nuclear Level

The Inner Cell


Data Expression in the Inner Cell


Atomic Orbitals

Sea Quarks





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