The Snail on the Slope
generative film, 2009.
The Snail on the Slope is a generative movie based on a book of the same title by Strugatsky brothers. The novel is set on an unknown planet, where humans have a base from which they are investigating and trying to conquer the Forest. The Forest, which is a huge single organism is constantly changing and fighting back. It is also dangerous and there are a lot of unexplained phenomena that they are discovering. The movie is made of five chapters, which critically address the questions of artistic and scientific efforts to understand nature. The topics that arise in those chapters are: sublime view on nature, role of knowledge, ubiquitous bureaucracy, and destruction of nature. In the movie, all the scenes are generated with Processing. They are created as abstractions and visualizations of the atmospheres in which all of the action takes place.

screened at: 39th IFFR, Rencontres Internationales Paris, Videoformes, 25th International Video and Digital Culture Festival, Magmart, Moves10, Mediawave, FilmFest Dresden, backup, Recontres Madrid, Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart, Bunker, World Film Festival of Bangkok, ISEA2010, 15 Ourense International Film Festival, Ars Electronica, Animadrid, Exis, Videomedeja...

vimeo version of the film
flickr set
Bruce Sterling's post about the film

music by Brian O'Reilly, syntfarm, Vladimir Todorovic
Duration: 7' 41''