An experimental piece made using Bitsy by Adam Le Doux. Set inside a now dormant universe of cellular automata, you are free to explore the ashes left behind, identifying any unique objects, or simply admiring the clusters and constellations formed by its varied ‘still lives’. Each object has a category name that corresponds with those used by researchers, although the conventions are largely informal. These names were derived from this list.

Made using a simple generative routine, this small piece exists at the intersection of art-games, visual poetry, and generative art more broadly. This piece was updated in May 2020, and this task took on a new light in the wake of the passing of John Conway in April.

You can explore the piece below (also available at itch.io). Plays with sound.