Decay of Pixels

I was working on a collaborative artwork with an artist where i wanted to use Conway’s Game of Life on his static artwork. And after lots of frustration to get what i wanted i got to this point.


And also this :


I came up with this notion of  “Decay of Pixels”. The digital artwork in other words the set of pixels starts to disintegrate into an evolving set of pixels. Which breeds further or stalls its progress as per the principles of “Game of Life”.

From what we know, the pixels on the screen refresh continuously by the processor. So each pixel has a life of a “blip” or microsecond till his next fate comes forth. Each pixel keeps re-incarnating at each refresh.

Taking further the same metaphor of life of a pixel and differentiating the pixel lifetime from the current notion of

1 lifetime = 1 refresh.

to something like

1 lifetime = time from a pixel being “Alive” to pixel being “Dead”.

( where for purpose to understand it i kept Death = #ffffff, white color & Life = #000000-#eeeeee, any color other than white )

Keeping in line with this principle or logic, i am trying to put more questions for explorations. I am trying to figure few of them and illustrate the concept of the decay of pixels.

(?) – What if an image on the digital screen starts decomposing slowly with time ?
Each pixel starts decaying or starts forming colonies of its own type( color) and then how the digital images will decay over time and look to the user.

(?) –  What if we have a “decompose bin” in our computers where the data ( in form of 1s & 0s aka alive & dead ), runs a game of life algorithm and creates something different.
What will the result of it be ?
Can it be decoded into some other form ?
Can we use this outcome of composted pixels or binary data in some form ?

(?) – Do we wait for something to form on the decomposing screen to open a new file ?
How long will we wait for something legible to appear ?

(?) – If we put decomposing pixel system on our screens then how will we use the different utility ?
How clarity of the content will get compromised. Should we put them into a stasis so that life of pixels stop disrupting a higher level life.

I can keep my mind wandering in such a fictitious setting and go on asking questions. [ What is the meaning of life for a pixel in such conditions ? =  “Grey” ]

However, i want to create another processing sketch to illustrate the first question. What happens if the pixel of an image starts decaying with each pixel trying to form its own color colony.

Will update as soon as i make that sketch.

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