Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 16, Iss. 1, January, 2012, pp. 91-96
@2012 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


The Transients of Virtual Fractals

R. P. Taylor, University of Oregon, Eugene

Abstract: Artists have a long and fruitful tradition of exploiting electronic media to convert static images into dynamic images that evolve with time. Fractal patterns serve as an example: computers allow the observer to zoom in on virtual images and so experience the endless repetition of patterns in a matter that cannot be matched using static images. This year’s featured cover artist, Susan Lowedermilk, instead plans to employ persistence of human vision to bring virtual fractals to life. This will be done by incorporating her prints of fractal patterns into zoetropes and phenakistoscopes.

Keywords: fractal, art, zoetrope, phenakistoscope, vision persistence