#btconf Berlin, Germany 05 - 08 Nov 2018

Frederik Vanhoutte

Radiotherapy medical physicist during daytime, creative coder during nighttime.

When rain hits the windscreen, he sees the tracks that alpha particles trace in cells. When he pulls the plug in the bath tub, he stays to watch the little whirlpool. When he sits at the kitchen table, he plays with the glasses to see the caustics. At a candle light dinner, he stares into the flame. Sometimes at night, he finds himself behind the computer. When he finally blinks, a mess of code is drawing random structures on the screen. He spends the rest of the night staring.

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Do not all charms fly
At the mere touch of cold philosophy?

excerpt from Lamia
John Keats, 1819

Since the days of the first natural philosophers, science seems to revel in shining harsh unforgiving light on the wonders we filled our world with. No gnomes lurk in the mines, the rainbow unravelled, love and happiness a mere presence of the right chemicals... The fantastic realm of mythology and strange tales replaced with the dusty tedium we remember from science and math classes.

Although professionally firmly rooted in hard science, in Prismatic Frederik will use creative coding to explore this universe of apparent boredom. At first sight, dull rigid math, opaque domains of abstract knowledge, and tables of data are poor raw material. Throughout he will try to show that when handled with an appropriate lack of protocol, they reveal a hidden beauty. A world of a different kind of wonder, far removed from the 19th century rational universe of steam and electricity, much closer in awe to the romantics’ spirit-filled realm.