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Generative art made with multidimensional mathematics discovered personally at the end of 1980s.
All art is created personally, from beginning to end: mathematics, software, images, mosaics, animations, text.
Six unique microstories about famous people who are involved in the NFT and cryptocurrency space, personalized with details from their lives.
Art minted in NFTs over future months and years.
Private content that allows NFTs to contain images in 16K resolution, and animations in 8K resolution, only for the buyers, guaranteed to be original to future buyers, storable anywhere.
A story about how it all happened.
A story about why the multidimensional mathematics matters.
A story about how Reality might work.
Expansive work published online since the end of 2001.
Custom software that renders mathematical equations in images and animations with a phenomenal technical quality.
Art turned into puzzles that can be solved in the browser.
Minting lore is postponed indefinitely. Because the public can now use AI-generated art, lore NFTs could be packaged with AI-generated art. This requires setting up a visual style context in which the AI can generate images to match the lore.
At the end of 1980s, when I was a teenager, I've asked myself why the complex numbers aren't generalized to any number of dimensions, so I've tried to do it on my own. More than thirty years and four software applications later, this is the result.
I am Void Sculptor and these are my NFTs with images and animations created with this multidimensional mathematics.
Time, energy, mathematics, computer science, color science, philosophy, physics, psychology and language were necessary to reach this point. An obliterating effort made across the decades to breathe fire, passion and motion into the timeless and immutable Reality created by cold equations. More than a unique story, a mesmerizing world of delicacy and magnificence is emphasized in the "Wiring Of Reality" genart.
Continue to read below the story behind this project, wonder about the nature of Reality, and see the beauty of equations that you never imagined existed.
Follow the project to see mathematics reborn as art that you can only fall in love with.
Beginnings, early 1990s: 117 Billion
It all started when I was 12 years old and I've created my own board game, a resource based game with a huge hand-drawn map of a fantasy continent. I remember seeing in my grandparents' house a huge map of Australia, drawn by hand, by my father's sister, perhaps for a school project, that catalyzed my interest for mesmerizing distant lands and map drawing.
Later, I've become obsessed with logic. Obsessed not in the sense that I follow it, but in the sense that it follows me and doesn't go away until I do what it wants, while going through everything over and over, to absurdity, so that signal can be extracted from noise.
For more than thirty-five years, this obsession led me deep into projects from various domains, including board game development, writings (artistic and technical), psychology (language and intelligence), mathematics (multidimensional numbers, around 15...17 years old, at the end of 1980s), and physics (trying to understand what Reality and Time are).
If you follow the pattern to its source, everything is about language, about words that forge themselves in a precise path toward understanding. This pattern makes me feel like I have no boundaries when forging ideas with words, when carving streams of meaning into the void.
On my journey of enjoying the written word in the form of adventure, SciFi and mystery novels, my artistic inclination has pushed me toward creating a card game set in a SciFi world. Over many years, I've immersed myself in a world of graphical art from various artists, and I've gathered fragments of text that eventually ended up making the lore for the game.
But this game was only meant to be a precursor for a novel set in that SciFi world. The path to its completion is filled with notes, experiments, and outbursts of creativity that may or may not be a part of the final novel, but they've inspired my imagination to wander in this Universe and others.
It remains unknown whether the journey of the novel will reach its destination, but the notes may one day be glimpses into its past. Some of the notes might not make it into the novel even though they are just as good as those that will make it, but since they are an outburst of artistic creativity, they may not fit in the novel's storyline. But they will live as words.
For people who think Reality is not what it appears
This is the story of the Art of Reality. To bring this form of art to life, I had to discover a new mathematics related to multidimensional numbers, and I had to build custom software to turn the mathematics into color.
Time. That was necessary. And effort that has spanned across more than thirty years. Decades of Change, of the very substance that makes Reality.
Change is real, at least to people. But mathematics exists outside of Change, and even though people think of it as not being real, it describes Change, it describes the real thing.
Is this description the creation source of all Reality? How can a subset of mathematics describe the Universe, while the rest of mathematics can't? How odd is to have a separation between mathematics that can describe Reality, and mathematics that can't. What makes an equation that is rendered by a computer less real than the equation that describes this Universe?
It's not possible to prove a system from within itself. You have to see it from outside of what you're trying to prove, so you have to be outside of the simulation in order to be able to tell whether it's a simulation.
This creates an endless loop of something external that makes something internal, loop that blurs the difference between the informational Reality created by mathematics, and the natural Reality created by some unknown magical ingredient, until you can no longer tell the difference.
But if you can't tell the difference between a natural Universe and one simulated with the same equation, how can you claim that there is a difference? What is the magical ingredient that makes the difference? Could there be such a magical ingredient? There could be, but a magical ingredient that could exist, yet has no logical or practical constraints, and can't be observed, analyzed or dismantled into components (with minimal informational content to describe them), is similar to a god. If you can't observe such a magical ingredient, if you can't tell or logically claim that there is a difference, doesn't that mean that, for all practical reasons, there is no difference to begin with?
This would mean that Reality has no characteristics outside of mathematics, which would mean that Reality is informational, abstract, which would mean that any piece of mathematics can create some sort of Reality. If mathematics can explain Reality, why would anything else be required to be the explanation? Sure, there might be some other explanation, but why would that be required?
People like to ask in jest whether this means that a circle is real, jest born out of ignoring the difference of complexity of characteristics between a circle and this Universe. A circle does not have the properties of this Universe, and therefore can't produce anything of similar complexity. By all intents and purposes, a circle has no properties other than those already known, it experiences no change, so it's realism is just as irrelevant as it always was. A good question would be to ask how many instances of a circle are out there, and what instantiates them.
The equations that are known as laws of physics and describe (not create) this Universe, are like equations that describe various structures inside a fractal, and the relationships among them. None of those equations made those structures, never mind the entire fractal. They are mere descriptions of various characteristics of the actual (unknown) equation that created the fractal (or Universe).
Let's take the example of the mathematical equation that describes a pendulum's motion. Does it create a real pendulum? No, because that equation is a simple description of the motion of the pendulum. The pendulum itself, as an object, is a pattern that people can identify within the equation of the entire Universe, equation whose evolution started at the Big Bang. So, the pendulum is a pattern created by the equation of the entire Universe after billions of years of evolution, not instantly created by the equation that describes its motion.
But a real pendulum can be moved outside of the Universe, right? People are inclined to think that this is possible because there is a general belief that the Universe and the objects within it are made of particles that can be moved around, like balls in a game of pool. In reality, the pendulum is made of parts, of molecules, of atoms, of quarks, of forces and fields, and all of those only exist because the progression of the Universe has evolved to the point where a pendulum could arise from it and be identified as such. The pendulum can't exist outside of the Universe since nothing would maintain the laws of physics that drive its every part.
In their minds, people can remove a pendulum from the Universe because they're simplifying the world, and their train of thoughts is not constrained by the entire chain of causality of the pendulum. But the physical pendulum is constrained and, therefore, can't exist outside of those constraints, outside of the Universe.
Perhaps a copy of the pendulum could be made and placed outside the Universe. However, in this case the medium that makes the pendulum was changed, so there are new laws of physics that drive such a copy, which means that people have to ask themselves where these laws came from. What would breathe life into the new pendulum? Nothing, as its own progression is no more to drive it.
So, there is no collection of ball-like particles that can be moved outside of the Universe, outside of the equation that made it. But if particles aren't independent balls, why would anyone think that there are particles that can be moved through the Universe? That makes no sense. What makes more sense is that particles are actually wobbles of the fields, with no independent life of their own, wobbles that can only follow the equation that made the Universe.
This means that this Universe is one thing, one progression, and there is nothing outside of it, at least not in the sense of spatially separated things.
A computer simulation that is identical to the natural Universe, made by the natural people, is different than the natural Universe because the simulated matter doesn't interact with the natural matter in the same way that natural matter interacts with natural matter. But the simulated matter manifests for the simulated people exactly as natural matter manifests for the natural people, to the extent that the simulated people can't tell that they live in a simulation. Natural people can tell the difference since they've made the simulation.
But how can natural people tell whether they themselves are simulated or not? It's possible that the natural people are living in a simulation made by people from another "more natural" Universe, and so on in an endless loop of "more natural" Universes. Right at this moment, as you read these words, a being from the Universe that simulates this Universe may be pointing at you and saying that you truly believe that you are natural / real, though that being knows that you are simulated. Without a magical ingredient that makes the difference between natural and simulated, ingredient that people haven't found for millennia, there is no difference, and therefore Reality can only be abstract / informational / mathematical.
As if this wasn't strange enough, this Universe could be a simulation that exists only for the time it takes a being from the simulating Universe to blink. Yet, at human scale it feels like billions of years pass.
This entire argument isn't saying that this Universe is a computer simulation started in another Universe, but it's saying that there is no magical ingredient that makes the difference between natural and simulated, other than the level of imbrication in the potential tree of simulations, level that you can only see from outside the simulation. For example, if people were to make a computer simulation that's very close in detail to this Universe, that simulation would be on level +1 (of imbrication). But this Universe itself could be on its own +1 level in another Universe. And there is no magical ingredient that could say that this Universe is the root of all levels of simulations, the one true natural / real Universe.
The levels of simulation are similar to the infinite nature of a fractal, in which it's possible to zoom in endlessly and see similar shapes. Is there a root of all levels? There may be, but there is no magical ingredient that makes the difference between a natural and a simulated level.
The creation source of a natural Universe appears to be the same as the creation source of a simulated Universe: mathematics, specifically, a mathematical progression.
A progression is the periodic application of a set of rules on the current state of the progression, starting from an initial state, creating minute differences between consecutive states. Usually, the rules and the initial state can be described with very little information, compared to the information that is required to describe other states of the progression.
Why don't people like to think that a real Universe is created by abstract mathematics alone? Because they think that mathematics isn't affected by anything from either inside or outside. If you create a Universe as a mathematical progression, can you put a finger in it and affect change in that Universe, or will it continue to follow the progression unaffected? In other words, is that Universe reactive to external change?
For people who believe in something real beyond abstractions, it's obvious that a recording of a Universe is not real because if it's played multiple times it can't change on its own, since there is no free will in a recording, and it can't react to someone from the outside putting a finger in it.
The problem of thinking that a Universe can be real only if it reacts to external change, is that there must always be an external finger that can affect each Universe, in order to make that Universe real. Where does that finger come from? From another Universe, Universe which, in order to be real, requires a finger external to it, and so on. Therefore this requirement can't be true.
The reason why consciousness, intelligence and behavior appear to have free will and be adaptable to the environment, while being the product of the evolution of a mechanistic Reality, is the feedback loop that the progression of this Universe contains, loop where the output of the mind becomes its input and further modifies its output. If free will were understood as an ability to make decisions without following the laws of physics, and by breaking the chain of causality (which started at the beginning of the Universe), what are those decisions based on? What triggers them? What is their chain of causality? If there is nothing to base the decisions on, if there is no chain of causality, it means that they are made randomly (for example due to quantum fluctuations). But if they are made randomly, it means that there is no self / soul that makes the decisions without following the laws of physics.
How come mathematics exists, timeless and immutable, and without being caused by something? Now, that is the right question!
Was mathematics invented by people? If anyone can invent a circle whose Pi has a value of 4 (aside from the one with a value of 3.14) then mathematics was invented, otherwise it was discovered following the constraints of this Universe, which means that outside of this Universe, unknown mathematics may exist, based on rules that people can't even imagine.
Mathematics can be reduced to a set of rules. For example, the integer numbers are states in a progression rather than a list where all the elements are already laid out. This means that the integer numbers exist only when they are used / instantiated from their progression, by another progression. So, the ultimate question is: how come do these rules exist, universally?
From this point on, there are no more constraints of Reality that can guide the thought process, so only speculation can provide possibilities.
For people who find philosophy and physics interesting
What you will see in the animations below will surprise you, at least if you consider that the mathematical operations involved are rotation and translation, albeit iterated.
Mathematically speaking, there is a domain, an abstract coordinate space where there is nothing other than distances, in which an equation is applied to produce a codomain. The codomain appears to be more than an abstract coordinate space, especially when the equation is a progression. The codomain appears to manifest, to have presence, to behave like a substance, because the distribution of the codomain coordinates / values changes.
A critical goal I had (and achieved) was to have every pixel computed independently of other pixels, even in animations. This means that each pixel can be computed on its own, without computing any other pixel, as if each pixel exists alone. Yet, an entire animation looks as if every pixel influences its neighbors, in Space and Time, like the molecules of a fluid in motion. This is in contrast to many visual effects (from video editing) that require many adjacent pixels to be processed in order to apply the effect on a single pixel.
The animations below look as if there is a fluid made of particles that influence one another through a chain of causality that is propagating from particle to particle. But there are no particles, no forces, no influence, no chain of causality, and no time (only order). Every frame of the animation is merely the next static image that is part of a progression. Every pixel has no idea of any other pixel, that is, pixels don't influence one another.
Yet, Change can be seen flowing across distances. It looks as if things influence one another... in Time. You can see shapes that change and flow. You can uniquely track the shapes while they change, you can see the contiguity of their identities as they form, progress and dissolve, contiguity which is perceived as a chain of causality. But there is no magical ingredient called "change" in there.
In the language of quantum mechanics, no information travels from pixel to pixel to make them locally connected or remotely entangled. There are no local hidden variables. It's all determined by the progression. In the world of this progression, an observer is not the cause of what happens, but the effect of what happens. The observer doesn't cause the collapse of the quantum wave function by observing it, the collapse causes the observer to observe it.
This could indicate that people's observation and belief that this Universe is made by particles influencing particles, creating persistent complex structures out of linear and circular trajectories zipping around the Universe, could be fundamentally flawed.
This raises one of the most important questions in the history of the Universe: what is Change? What does it mean that things change? What is the source of Change?
The common knowledge about Change is that some fundamental forces are pushing particles around, independently of one another, making different structures.
But to push things you need forces and energy. So, what are these? The problem is that this train of thoughts doesn't break away from the classical path: there is something magical that pushes things into new structures, out of the void or randomness.
It seems as if there is something that meddles with individual particles in order to make the Universe work in some purposeful way. It appears as if Change is like wiggling a finger in a lake. Or so have philosophers and theologians thought for millennia, asking themselves subtle questions, but with little knowledge about the world unseen.
The molecules of water from the lake don't wiggle by themselves, they must follow a chain of causality throughout the lake. But the finger is outside of the lake, which means that Change comes from outside of the lake. Yet, in this Universe, nothing has been observed to meddle with individual particles and break the chain of causality that started at the beginning of the Universe, so all Change must come from inside the Universe, even if initially it was, perhaps, outside.
This is like a game of pool where the balls precisely follow trajectories, after being hit with a cue stick. At no point in the progression can the balls choose to not follow the chain of causality, but it is possible to interfere with them from the outside, with a cue stick.
Quantum fluctuations may be small, (pseudo)random changes that work as if they are external to the deterministic progression of this Universe, so they may work like wiggling a finger in a lake, so they may make the future not purely deterministic. But if you think that quantum fluctuations are naturally random, you have to ask yourself what is natural randomness if not deterministic, mathematical chaos, with an unknown evolution equation and state? Outside of this explanation, what does it even mean to be naturally random? Where is that (random) information coming / instantiated from? What is the magic ingredient that makes the difference between natural and deterministic randomness?
But if Change is the independent transformation of every particle in the Universe, starting from the Big Bang, how do particles, that move around linearly, and sometimes in circles, know how to form the same kind of complex structures even when separated by great distances, unlike the balls in a game of pool ? The balls from a game of pool don't form the same persistent structures across space and time. Even if they were to randomly form complex structures here and there, they would not be maintained for long, in contrast to how they are in the Universe.
It looks as if the way people think the Universe works is not the right path to follow.
It looks as if particles must have some common trait, a preexisting informational pattern they follow, pattern that describes their common transformations across any distance.
It looks as if everything is a complex and contiguous progression, where the output of an iteration is the input for the next iteration, forming an apparent chain of causality.
It looks as if the Universe is produced by a mathematical equation that has nothing to do with pushing things around within some "real" scene, but with a special kind of transformation in the abstract mathematical space.
It looks as if Change is the evolution of a mathematical progression. The progression is somehow instantiated and enumerated, and people perceive this as Change, as Time. This process is what turns abstract mathematics into (what people call) real things.
It looks as if "movement" is merely the name of a pattern that describes a narrow part of the progression's evolution, pattern that people extricate from the progression in order to simplify its complexity, and they can do so because of the (translational) symmetry of this pattern. This simplification is why the laws of physics appear to work symmetrically when Time moves (theoretically) either forward or backward, while the progression of the Universe doesn't. The laws of physics merely describe human-comprehensible symmetric patterns within the bigger asymmetric progression.
Looking back at the example with the game of pool, and this can be treated from a purely mathematical perspective, once the balls are hit with a cue stick, they follow a progression. The movement of the balls can be described with linear trajectories and deflections, yet, the balls can't move back (in Time) because their progression doesn't contain such evolution. The progression's evolution makes Time itself, and there is no dimension of Time where the balls could move back, counter to their progression.
Considering that the current scientific knowledge is correct, but changing the language to more precisely describe the known Reality, Change is a mathematical progression that possibly started with the Big Bang, and Time is the iterative nature of this progression. Speaking simplistically, Change could be a three-dimensional progression (where things can "move" back and forth) that moves in a fourth dimension (and does so in only one direction).
What creates complex structures across distances, out of apparent linear and circular movement, is the nature of the progression. The complexity of this Universe didn't appear out of randomness, it's the result of a precise progression.
What can be said about this progression? Let's say that infinity exists, and an infinity of rules exists, and an infinity of combinations of the rules exists. Let's also say that the rules that make this Universe are a subset of infinity; people can't observe outside of the Universe, so they can't see if there are unknown rules. Now consider the fact that nobody ever saw different rules for the Universe. It appears that the subset of rules that make this Universe was somehow selected from infinity, and fixed, right from the beginning (= Big Bang), so somehow rules can form (potentially) immutable sets.
The reason why nobody has ever seen half of the Universe just vanish into the void is that this Universe is a contiguous progression that contains no such dramatic changes. This contiguity was never observed to be broken, like objects and people appearing from and disappearing into thin air, or people suddenly getting a third eye or hand. This further enforces the idea that this Universe can only progress one way, the way of the progression, perhaps with some influence from (pseudo)random quantum fluctuations.
This works against the idea that everything that can happen does happen in a parallel Universe, where there are supposedly many versions of you in different states. If that were the case, there would be a statistically relevant number of cases in which people would suddenly get an extra finger, literally out of thin air. But this doesn't happen because Reality, or at least this Universe, is neither random nor probabilistic, but can only progress one way.
As a side note, to eliminate the probability-too-low argument, you can go down to the level of quantum mechanics and ask why is it that the spin and the mass of an electron don't vary probabilistically in the same experiments that show quantum probabilities.
Whatever quantum mechanics does, its macroscopic result isn't probabilistic, but is collapsing on the deterministic patterns of the laws of physics that predate it and set the rules for what can happen, meaning that the number of fingers of a hand isn't probabilistic. This means that quantum mechanics is not fundamental, or, at best, is only a part of the fundamental rules. This is in complete contrast to the idea that things could be different in a parallel Universe, because, if they were, that would raise the question of why they're never different in this Universe, and why the rule of fingers of a hand never changes, no matter how many photons and people go either left or right.
You could make a vague case that accidents (that would result in fewer fingers) are the probabilistic result of quantum mechanics over a long period of time, instead of the result of a chain of causality, but then you have to ask why it's so rare and why the number of fingers never increases (or at least why is the probability so skewed in favor of staying the same or of decreasing). As for Schrodinger's cat, it will never be alive when the box is open, that is, it's state is not probabilistic in this Universe. This means that the (pseudo)random nature of quantum fluctuations has a minuscule effect over the entire progression, but without them, the Universe would likely progress with little detail. But if you extricate the (pseudo)randomness of quantum fluctuations from the Universe, what remains is the deterministic progression of the Universe where the rule of fingers of a hand never changes.
Change might be reactive to external influence. For example, if in a game of pool a player (= the external influence) places an object in the path of a moving ball, the ball will react to that obstacle rather than continue to follow its original path. This Universe may be behaving the same way under the influence of (pseudo)random quantum fluctuations.
The progression contains traces of its past, included in the present, and this makes it possible to determine, to some extent, the progression's past.
Change appears to be simultaneous everywhere, that is, there is no driver that moves throughout the Universe causing Change to happen from point to point. If two objects start from a common location and move in opposite directions, they affect the environment simultaneously, without one waiting for the other to finish affecting the environment. When things on Earth change, things in the Andromeda galaxy also change, they don't wait for the things on Earth to finish changing. You can read about relativistic effects later, and about pseudo-simultaneity.
I've been disappointed by how multidimensional numbers work ever since I saw that, in at least three dimensions, multiplication isn't distributive over addition, in contrast to how it is for one and two dimensions.
This means that the commonly known symmetry of two-dimensional rotation is lost, so the equation renderings are distorted when using the third dimension. Indeed, once I've rendered various equations, the result was ugly. In the best cases, it looked like clothes being wrung to squeeze the water out of them. In the worst cases, it looked like noise.
For years, the theory of multidimensional numbers remained like a stain in my past, hovering like a reminder of failure, despite it being the way that mathematics actually works. I wasn't able to discover a better way.
More than thirty years after the original discovery, in February 2021, the NFT revolution pushed me over the edge of passivity and I told myself that I could create NFTs with my card game lore. The work started with the desire to use the text itself, not images, so as to spare myself of mountains of work, but has evolved toward building for months a software application that could render the lore in thousands of calligraphic images, until I realized that I could also create NFTs with my old renderings of mathematical equations.
But that felt naive and obsolete, considering the esthetic quality that fractals have today. So, I started wondering what I could bring to collectors that would be different from anything in existence. More months of work followed, massively updating an old software application that can now render mathematical equations into colorful images of exceptional technical quality. In total, the work related to NFTs, until minting, has taken well over 1'500 hours (spread over 21 months) of building on top of existing work that was developed over the decades.
In an effort to find my own path, I wanted to move away from the excessive symmetry of fractals, away from endless zooms that felt like navigating through a static world, and away from animations where shapes were moving around, cycling in space, without influencing the surroundings. I wanted asymmetry and light, and most importantly, during animations, I wanted more than a mere change of colors and shapes. I wanted animations that felt like a fluid, like a changing world, like everything was influencing everything, like matter pushing, pulling and bending matter. I wanted a mathematical lava that gives birth to strange, new worlds. For this, I've reluctantly experimented with animations; reluctantly because I was expecting to see the usual fractal animations, or noise.
My work on Change and Time had been done almost a year before, so I already had a taste of what Change should look like. This lead me to use a two-dimensional shape known as a Julia fractal, but replace its internal two-dimensional rotation with a three-dimensional one, that is, with a rotation of the set of multidimensional points that make the fractal, around the point of origin of the entire set. The result was the one that previously looked distorted. Then, I added an animation that moved the fractal in the third dimension.
After decades of waiting in the dusty corners of my mind, the multidimensional rotation combined with moving in the third dimension left me in an emotional state that can only be described as jaw dropping, as it turned out that asymmetry can create stunning beauty when it's part of a progression.
From ugly duckling to breakthrough. From desert to paradise. From static to dynamic. Metamorphosis emerged in real time. The mathematical fluid of Reality arose before my very eyes.
After an astounding journey of irrational following of my progression across thirty-five years, peppered with ecstasy and abandonment, but mostly with obsession, I give you the pioneering work that may one day change the way we think about Reality, the first animation ever to be made with a multidimensional rotation, "Breakthrough".
XY (around its center) → XY
XY (around its vertical middle) → XZ
XY (around its horizontal middle) → YZ
But what would happen if instead of rotating the Julia fractal, we move it in the third dimension? A bit of mathematics is required. The equation that describes this fractal has the form "m * m + c", where "m" is the domain, and "c" a constant. We want to see the (a)symmetric behavior of the two-dimensional rotation that is normally used internally by this fractal, when the fractal is moved in the third dimension. The correct way of doing this is by using the multidimensional rotation, but we want to deliberately avoid this, so we use conceptual approximations that allow us to think about scenarios in which we don't know the correct three-dimensional mathematics.
For this purpose, the multiplication must act as a rotation only in the first two dimensions (in the XY plane), so the second "m" from the equation, henceforth identified as "w", must have its second angle equal with 0, so it's third dimension cartesian coordinate must be 0. We do this so that, while the first "m" has a third dimension, the result remains in the same XY plane, that is, the Z coordinate of the result doesn't change. The other important thing is the radius of "w", and there are several scenarios:
Scenario 1: The radius of "w" is equal with the radius of "m" only in the first two dimensions. This should be the most accurate scenario because the cartesian coordinates from the first two dimensions of "w" remain unchanged, while the one from the third dimension is 0. From the animation, you'll see that the symmetry of the fractal is maintained, and this indicates that the assumption is correct. Mathematically, the assumption is correct because multiplication is distributive over addition when the degree / dimension of the common MDN is maximum 2, so "m * (p + q) = m * p + m * q" when the degree / dimension of "m" is maximum 2, which is what this scenario is equivalent to.
Scenario 2: The radius of "w" is equal with the radius of "m". Here, the cartesian coordinates from the first two dimensions of "w" must change to match the radius of "m".
Scenario 3: The radius of "w" is equal with 1, so the radius of the codomain is equal with the radius of "m". Here, "w" only rotates "m", so there is no squaring of the radius, which makes this scenario unrelated, but it looks interesting.
Scenario 4, MDN: Here, "w" is equal with "m", so the rotation is multidimensional. This is for reference.
Scenario 1 (symmetry maintained)
Scenario 4 (MDN)
As a side note, translation, which is known as linear movement, is symmetric in any number of dimensions, so the structure of objects is always maintained under translation, at least in an Euclidean space.
Relativity affects the rate with which Time appears to flow because of a change in a geometric property of Reality, called time-cadence, property over which Change happens. Time can be thought of as a linear composition of the time-cadence of each iteration of the progression, individually for each quanta. This means that Change itself, separated from the time-cadence and velocity in space, is consistent, that is, it happens in exactly the same way.
To understand this composition of Time, think at watching a movie. The movie is the analog of the Universe changing, the frame rate is the analog of the time-cadence, the differences in the informational content of the frames are the analog of Change, and you are the analog of an external observer. You can change the frame rate of the movie to anything you want, and you can vary it throughout the movie. If you change the frame rate, you will see change happening slower or faster, but the differences in the content of consecutive frames remain the same no matter what frame rate you set.
When I was trying to understand the symmetry of rotation in the surrounding world, I was working on several personal projects and working for a job, all while trying to understand how it's possible for the Theory of Relativity to be correct.
The existing explanations were saying that, in void, from the point of view of each object, each is at rest and the others are moving, so the clocks of the others appear slower. But nobody was explaining how you can reconcile that with actual Reality, that is, what happens if you compare the clocks, since in that case you can't say that all are correct in claiming that the others are slower.
But how do you compare the clocks when they are at a great distance, moving with relativistic velocities, and are affected by the lack of the simultaneity of measurement? The Twin Paradox is a special case because the spaceship leaves from and returns to Earth, so the comparison is simple since the clocks are together, in the beginning and end, not moving relative to each other.
I knew that the mathematics was experimentally verified, so it had to be correct. That meant that I couldn't trust anything I was hearing. Combine that with the fact that the advanced mathematics was too advanced for me to learn in my spare time, and it felt like every neuron I had was gasping to reach for light. It was mind melting.
I was hungry. Literally. For calories, not knowledge. There were two or three days when I ate twice the amount of calories that I was used to, and I was still hungry. It was nuts. Literally. I was eating nuts for the extra calories.
I started to think about scenarios with two and three objects in void, where conflicting results had to be reconciled. A picture was becoming clearer and clearer in my mind, until I eventually understood that all the scenarios were correct but the contexts were different, so they could not be compared. But nobody was explaining why that was the case.
I've reconciled the conflicting scenarios by creating pseudo-simultaneity for large distances, with lasers, since the photon velocity is the only certain thing: the speed of light. Pseudo-simultaneity means that actual simultaneity can only be known much later, but can be known. Then, I realized that measuring time in the Universe is like trying to weigh different objects with different scales that use different measurement units (like kilograms and pounds), but you don't know what those units are, which makes the numbers shown by the scales irrelevant. Just the same, the relative velocity measured in void is irrelevant because each object could be moving relative to the others with any velocity, so it's not necessarily true that one object is at rest and the others do all the moving.
But why is this irrelevant relative velocity working for the Twin Paradox? How can you possibly make sense of this?
Simple: you bring the scales together and synchronize them by weighing the same object. After that, if you known how each object moves, you know how the measurement units change, so you known how the weight and time of each object change. And that's why the Twin Paradox works fine: the spaceship and Earth are together at the beginning of the trip, their clocks are synchronized, and the movements of the spaceship relative to Earth are known until the ship returns and the clocks can be compared directly.
But how does the Universe know how to do it without knowing how each object moves, without keeping track of each and every single quanta that zips around the Universe? The answer: there are no objects, there are no quanta. The Universe is all one single progression where every single point has no idea of any other single point, even though they all appear to work together and influence one another. That appearance is an illusion.
A common pattern that I follow is to see what other people have done so far in a domain, copy, experiment (since I don't know what exactly I'm looking for) and change that until it becomes something new.
In the case of the "Wiring of Reality" genart, I was looking for equations that create smooth coloring, instead of the color bands that fragment the esthetics of iteration-based fractals.
During experimentation, I've found an interesting flaw in the algorithm: the color bands were accentuated because of a wrong sign. It was nice, but ultimately not interesting enough to investigate further.
Then, I've found new equations that seemed to smoothen the colors a bit better than any equation that other people recommended. Once that problem was solved, I decided to give another try to the pattern that accentuated the color bands, using variations of my new equations, combined with another mistake I've made, as I've later realized.
And that's when I was left in awe: the color bands vanished and the wiring appeared, while the smoothness was maintained. Some structures are so spectacular and familiar that the mind can't decide whether they are pure abstractions or they must be some part of Reality.
Further experimentation showed that it's possible to have color bands that exhibit an artistic smoothness that makes them look like pieces of architecture, and other spectacular effects.
Some images and animations are freely available for download, in medium resolution. The full content, with the highest quality, is available for purchase through NFTs. Prints and digital downloads may be available for purchase. Options:
Digital downloads of the public content of the NFTs, including from the gallery. Characteristics: 2K resolution images (with Author's signature), 2K resolution animations (with Author's signature), free, not resalable, no scarcity.
Digital downloads. Characteristics: 8K resolution images, lost cost, not resalable, no scarcity.
Prints. Characteristics: 16K resolution images, cost based on physical size, resalable, no scarcity.
NFTs. Characteristics: 16K resolution images, 8K resolution animations, resalable, scarcity.
Custom genart request. Characteristics: on request.
All genart is meant to be viewed as wallpapers on TVs or computer displays, printed and mounted on walls, or for further processing.
The first lore NFTs to be published were The Nifties, a collection of six unique microstories about famous people who are involved in the NFT and cryptocurrency space, personalized with details from their lives. You can read the text here.
Some genart to pay attention to:
117 Billion (set): The genart that started the artistic work. One of the first genart rendered, sometimes in the early 1990s (probably 1993). The name and the shape symbolize the number of people who are estimated to have ever been born (external source). The stylized female reproductive system is the unexpected result of a simple equation, it's not manually designed. The generating equation is three-dimensional, but isn't related to the multidimensional mathematics.
Breakthrough: The animation that made the NFT project possible. The oldest file still available, from June 25th 2021, was generated just weeks, if not days, after the animation feature was developed in Fluogen.
Wiring Of Reality (set): A mesmerizing visual style that was never seen before in fractals. Some genart animations made with this style, "Opportunities" and "Dragon Fire", are variants of "Breakthrough".
Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse: The first published genart with the "Wiring Of Reality" visual style, both as image and animation. The animation is 200 seconds long and has 6'000 frames with a total size of 550 GB. Its private content has a staggering 20 GB. The frames were generated in about 26 hours, while encoding them in video files took about 22 hours. The XQ animation took 16 hours to encode and its size is 14 GB, while the normal 8K animation took 3 hours. This is one of the quickest animations to generate. Because this animation is symmetric, so goes one direction and then back, the generated frames are only half of the specified total, while the rest are copied, but all of them have to be video-encoded because the encoder can't handle this symmetry. The private contents of these image and animation NFTs are available for everyone here.
Dragonfly Sonata (set): An extravaganza of shapes and colors.
Eternal Firefly (set): A variant of "Dragonfly Sonata".
Butterfly Symphony (set): Closely related to "Dragonfly Sonata", but emphasizing the silky, delicate patterns exhibited by the pixels that didn't escape from the fractal threshold.
Circle Of Life: Two butterflies, one within the other.
Eight (set): A Lunar New Year set. If number 8 is good luck, here's math making it 8 times. The generating equation is three-dimensional, but isn't related to the multidimensional mathematics.
Multiple resolutions are available in an NFT, up to 16K for images, and up to 8K for animations.
All public content is usually published in 2K resolution images (with Author's signature), 2K resolution animations (with Author's signature).
The aspect ratio is almost exclusively 16:9, to exactly fill TV displays, but sometimes it may be square. Any aspect ratio can be requested through a custom genart request.
All PNG images are saved with 48-bit colors, with no loss of quality. All JPG images are saved with 24-bit colors, with some loss of quality.
The private content of an image NFT contains several image files:
"Master - [Genart name].png / jpg" = The master genart in 16K resolution.
"Image [N]K - [Genart name].png / jpg" = The genart in [N]K resolution. "N" can be 2, 4, 8.
"Image NCP 8K - [Genart name].jpg" = The genart in 8K resolution, saved without an embedded color profile. This may be useful when you need to display / print the genart through a flow that is only partially color managed.
"image_cover_[Genart name].png / jpg" = The genart in 2K resolution, with the Author's signature on it.
"image_gallery_[Genart name].jpg" = The genart in 1K resolution.
"image_thumbnail_[Genart name].jpg" = The genart's thumbnail (384 pixels wide).
"Mosaic 01 - [Genart name].png / jpg" = Mosaic of the master genart in 16K resolution.
"Mosaic [N] - [Genart name].jpg" = Mosaics of the master genart in 8K resolution.
"Mosaic NCP 8K - [Genart name].jpg" = Mosaic of the genart in 8K resolution, saved without an embedded color profile. This may be useful when you need to display / print the mosaic through a flow that is only partially color managed.
"mosaic_cover_[Genart name].png / jpg" = Mosaic of the genart in 2K resolution, with the Author's signature on it.
"mosaic_gallery_[Genart name].jpg" = Mosaic of the genart in 1K resolution.
"MOCs" = Folder with JSON files with the configurations of the mosaic tiles that were used to create the mosaics.
"print_argb_[N]k_[Genart name].png / jpg" = The genart in [N]K resolution, ready for printing. "N" can be 8, 16. The colors of these images are converted to a color profile that most printing services recognize, AdobeRGB, which is also embedded in the images. The JPG image is available because most printing services accept only very small files and only 8-bit colors, and the JPG fits these limitations; the disadvantage is that it may show some color banding.
"Extra" = Folder with extra content, like the license terms and the puzzle solver. You can open (in a browser) the "\puzzlesolver\puzzlesolver.htm" file in order to solve puzzles.
Mosaics aren't included in image NFTs if they look bad, as they would only take up space.
The visual quality of animations is limited due to the reduced video decoding power of TVs, but is acceptable when viewed from a distance larger than a TV diagonal. Because of this, an animation of exceptional quality, XQ, is included, but it can't be played by TVs.
The private content of a genart animation NFT contains animations in 1K, 2K, 4K and 8K resolution, 30-bit colors, 30 frames per second, encoded with the AV1 codec, in an MP4 container. The XQ animation is encoded with the VP9 codec.
The private content of an animation NFT contains several image and video files:
"animation_cover_[Genart name].mp4 " = The genart in 2K resolution, with the Author's signature on it.
"animation_gallery_[Genart name].mp4 " = The genart in 1K resolution, with the Author's signature on it.
"animation_social_[Genart name].mp4 " = The genart in 1K resolution, with the Author's signature on it. This animation may flow / play much faster than the other animations from the NFT because it's intended for social media (where people don't have the patience to wait for slow animations).
"[Genart name] - [N]K.mp4" = The genart in [N]K resolution. "N" can be 4, 8.
"[Genart name] - XQ.mp4" = The genart in 8K resolution, exceptional quality. The individual frames look almost indistinguishable from the original PNG frames, so for all practical purposes the animation looks lossless. Not playable on TVs, but can be played on a computer and passed to a TV through an HDMI cable.
"Highlights - [Genart name]" = Folder with highlight frames in 8K resolution, saved in PNG format. They are usually saved one every 5 seconds. You may want to use the JPG images from the "Highlights - JPG" folder because the Windows desktop slideshow doesn't support large PNG files, and TVs don't support large resolution PNGs.
"Highlights - JPG - [Genart name]" = Same as "Highlights - [Genart name]" but the frames are saved in JPG format. These images don't have an embedded color profile because the Windows desktop wallpaper doesn't handle it properly, and TVs ignore it.
"Extra" = Folder with extra content, like the license terms.
Slow animations are meant to be used in environments where they can create a relaxed background atmosphere.
The private content of a lore NFT contains images with multiple color palettes, in 16K resolution, that can be printed as a huge, high quality poster.
What's the benefit of a 16K image? See for yourself the difference between what you would see on a normal 2K computer display with a (let's say) 27 inch diagonal, and 16K display with a 216 inch diagonal (so 8 times larger):
2K (resized from 16K)
16K center crop
16K top-left crop
Ironically, as awe inspiring as it is to see a 16K image, it only makes you hungrier for a higher resolution that lets you see deeper. But fractals never end, so it literally is a chase toward infinity.
If larger prints are required, it's possible to generate several 16K images and combine them during printing.
Loading a high resolution image in an image viewer may take even tens of seconds if the computer isn't powerful enough, so be patient.
The genart can technically be rendered with phenomenal quality, with 48-bit colors, lossless compression and any frame rate for animations. However, the requirements for online storage space, download bandwidth, and resources for image generation and viewing, impose limitations. The maximum tested resolution was 1 gigapixel, the equivalent of 32'000 * 32'000 pixels; to generate this, the computer must have at least 32 GB of RAM. The maximum tested width was 65'000 pixels. At these sizes, average computers and some image viewers fail to display the images.
For an average computer with 8 GB of RAM, a usable image resolution is 16K, the equivalent of 133 megapixels, or 64 HD images, or 8x physical zoom. This kind of resolution is useful only when the images are printed in a very large format, cropped significantly, or viewed on 8K TVs.
A 16K genart image can take from minutes to hours to generate, on an average desktop computer.
An 8K animation can take from hours to thousands of hours to generate.
To view 8K animations, a powerful computer, or a device certified for 8K movies, is required.
Animations normally loop seamlessly, that is, they can be played on repeat without any visual interruption between the end and the (new) beginning, if the video player supports perfect looping (MPC-HC and VLC do, web-browsers usually do).
Any genart that wasn't yet published as print or NFT can be purchased through a custom request. Visit the Gallery for the available genart.
Anyone can request the Author to create custom genart and publish it as print or NFT. The genart can have similar shapes with an existing genart (whether it's from an existing NFT or not), or it can be a new creation.
Suggestion are free to make, but no fulfillment timeframe is provided.
The price of a print is that of a normal print, but the genart has no scarcity.
A custom NFT may have the "Patron" or "Exclusive" license type.
The genart of a custom NFT must have a visual style that is markedly different than the genart of any other NFT. Genart scarcity is clarified here.
For NFT prices, see this section. The buyer pays only at the end.
A custom request that is free to make is to change the license type of an existing NFT that wasn't yet sold by the Author. A new NFT is made with the new license type, and once it's purchased, the replaced NFT is burned.
A custom genart has to be generated for each custom request, regardless of what has to change from an existing genart. This is particularly important for animations, due to the very long generation time.
Before purchase, samples can be provided in 1K resolution (= 960 pixel width); this is the resolution of the images from the Gallery. Larger physical sizes and larger resolutions look much better.
Collectors who have already purchased an NFT (with a license type other than "Supporters") have two benefits:
Can request samples in 2K resolution.
Can request a genart whose generation time is much longer than the generation time of a basic animation like Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse.
The buyer can specify a text to be put in the "Autograph" metadata of the custom NFT. The text must be in English, must be decent, and is capped at around 500 characters.
If the buyer specifies the equations or parameters from which to generate the genart, the buyer can specify a text to be put in the "Author" metadata of the custom NFT. The text must be in English, must be decent, and is capped at around 50 characters.
Examples of requests:
Offset colors. If the NFT is an animation, the colors can cycle.
Another color palette. If the palette is provided by the buyer, it should be a gradient palette, using either HSL or RGB colors; the interpolation will be monotone cubic, using the Jab (CIECAM) colorspace.
A deep zoom into (or out of) an existing genart. The zoom factor has to be at least 4.
A frame of an existing animation.
Set genart parameters based on the buyer's wallet address, or the Autograph metadata.
Split a piece of genart in multiple high resolution tiles, for outlandish architectural design projects that want to showcase the genart, especially a mosaic, by printing it on various materials like metal, acrylic glass, wood or porcelain tile, and installing it on a wall or floor.
Some requests require swapping an existing NFT for the custom one (in order to preserve the scarcity of the genart). Examples:
A different aspect ratio.
A higher resolution. If an animation is supposed to have twice the width, the time required to generate it will be four times higher.
A different animation speed. If an animation is supposed to be viewed twice as slow, then twice as many frames have to be generated.
Can a custom animation have a soundtrack? Technically, yes, by licensing songs, but licensing existing songs for NFTs is basically impossible. Also, for an exceptional match between an animation and a song, the animation has to be choreographed for that song, that is, its tempo has to be variable, and various effects have to be introduced during beats. A lot of work has to be put into modifying the generating software to be able to do this, and a lot of work has to be put into choreographing the animation.
Prices, based on the license type:
Supporters (price per copy): image 20 USD, animation 40 USD.
Cultural, Patron: image 1'000 USD, animation 2'000 USD.
Exclusive: image 2'000 USD, animation 4'000 USD.
For custom requests, the prices are similar but may depend on the recent sale prices of other NFTs (with the same license type). The price is also affected if the generation time is much longer than the generation time of a basic animation like Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse.
The royalties are 7% from the sale price in the secondary market.
All genart is meant to be viewed as wallpapers on TVs or computer displays, printed and mounted on walls, or for further processing.
Multiple resolutions are available, from 1K to 8K for animations and up to 16K for images.
The genart comes as computer files, so you can put them on a USB drive and connect that drive to a computer or TV.
The work to ensure that the PNG images of the genart contain accurate colors was tremendous. The colors were checked against multiple image viewers, video players, web-browsers and web articles, in various lighting conditions (which affect the way colors are perceived).
Displaying accurate colors, at the level of an art gallery, on TVs and computer displays is a dream, in the year 2022. Most software applications implement color management partially or wrongly, and this results in inaccurate colors shown to the viewer. The pipeline of displaying colors starts accurately with the genart, but is then affected by image viewers, video encoders, video players, web-browsers, processing power limitations, hidden workarounds, and even hardware limitations (like 24-bit displays). Each of these factors works against color accuracy and high quality details.
The biggest problem in displaying accurate colors is that some image viewers can't accurately display JPGs with an RGB pixel format (they need YCbCr). Video encoding is even harder to do accurately because most video players can't properly play video encoded with an RGB pixel format (they need YUV420) or with a full color range (they need it to be TV limited). This happens despite the fact that they are software running on computers, and computer displays work only with an RGB pixel format, full color range. Even worse, for the same output size, non-RGB encodings give visibly worse results (at least in fine gradient areas). But, in the end, it worked out well enough.
Viewing tests have been mostly performed with the Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse genart (images and animations) because, for some reason, its reddish brown colors are very challenging to reproduce accurately, by both software and hardware. Other colors, from other genart, show very little to none of the mentioned color issues.
All genart is created on a display with a wide color gamut (similar to that of Display-P3), with gamma 2.2, illuminant D65, and a measured brightness of 100 cd/m2. If you need the ICC profile of the display, you can download it from here.
The correct way to view the colors is in similar conditions, which makes the genart look exceptional, but, ultimately, the way to view them is the way each person likes it.
The best way to view the genart is on a display / printer that is hardware calibrated to the Display-P3 colorspace, and with software color management disabled (in the operating system, image viewer and video player). Apple uses by default the Display-P3 colorspace throughout their ecosystem.
If your display has a narrow color gamut, like sRGB, and your image viewer doesn't support color management, you will see the images with washed out colors; colors like red, brown, green are particularly affected.
The sensitivity of the eye to red decreases in the evening, so red hues will appear slightly shifted toward yellow and green. The lighting conditions contribute to this, as artificial light is usually more yellow than sunlight.
For best image quality, use the original PNG files, which support 48-bit colors.
On Windows, "Windows Photos" appears to be the most accurate at color management, and best at converting the stored 48-bit colors to the standard 24-bit colors that most displays show, with slightly less color banding (probably better rounding).
If you need video quality at the level of an art gallery, the video rendering of MPC-HC (Media Player Classic - Home Cinema) is superior to that of VLC (and of web-browsers), and the XQ animations look spectacular. You can especially see the difference if you save snapshots with both of them: the snapshots saved with MPC-HC show smooth colors, while those saved with VLC show slight color banding.
For animations, the web-browsers based on Chromium (Brave, Chrome, Edge) show quite prominent color banding, but the colors are accurate enough. Firefox doesn't show color banding, but the colors are shifted toward red.
If you want to display the genart as a computer wallpapers, take the following into consideration:
Windows allows users to directly use PNG files as wallpapers, so use that feature.
Windows won't let you use a PNG file whose size is above 25 MB. A 4K PNG genart can easily exceed this limit. In such cases, use the provided JPG file or the 2K PNG.
An active "night light" mode (which massively shifts the colors toward red) may cause color banding.
Color management advice:
The best way to view the genart is on a display / printer that is hardware calibrated to the Display-P3 colorspace, and with software color management disabled (in the operating system, image viewer and video player). Software color management produces accurate colors, but may also show artifacts, like color banding.
If you can't do the above, it would be great if you could install (in your operating system) the color profile obtained from the display's manufacturer (for your display model). In the ideal case, the display should be color profiled (with a colorimeter or spectrophotometer).
All genart images have embedded in them the color profile of the display on which they were created. This lets image viewers adjust the colors so that you can see the intended colors, as closely as possible.
All genart animations are marked as intended for the Display-P3 colorspace, which is very close to the gamut of the display on which they were created. However, color management in video players is either missing or wrong.
For more accurate colors, you should activate color management in the configuration of your image viewer. "Windows Photos" and "Windows Photo Viewer" activate it automatically.
Here are some image viewers whose color management was tested, on Windows: "Windows Photos", "Windows Photo Viewer", IrfanView, FastStone. The used reference was LittleCMS. There are various scenarios when the image viewers show wrong colors, but FastStone was consistently off.
The Windows desktop wallpaper isn't color managed. It ignores the color profile embedded in PNG images and treats them as if they are made for native colorspace. In contrast, it uses the color profile embedded in JPG images, but treats them as if they are made for sRGB colorspace, which makes them appear to have overly saturated colors on wide-gamut displays. This is why on a wide-gamut display you should either use the files whose names contain "NCP", or the PNG files.
Just because a software application is color managed and accurate doesn't mean that it can display accurate colors because the video encoders don't necessarily put accurate colors in the animations. This becomes bad when the color management can't be disabled, but even when it can be, the result can still be bad because the video encoders shift the colors before they write them in animations. Unfortunately, that's the only encoding mode that most software applications can display.
MPC-HC has user-activated color management, but it's wrong. External download.
VLC isn't color managed. This is good on a wide-gamut display, but unfortunately it shows severe color banding in low detail areas (much less so in the XQ animations). External download.
Firefox is color managed and accurate for images. Videos are slightly redder than they should be, but this appears to be correct because they are marked for the Display-P3 colorspace that's slightly redder (than the display on which they were viewed when created). Firefox can't even open the XQ animations.
The web-browsers based on Chromium (Brave, Chrome, Edge) have perceptibly off color management (at least on wide-gamut displays). They show image colors slightly redder than they should be. Videos are slightly more yellow than they should be.
Some image viewers support color management only in part. In such cases, you may be able to avoid bad looking colors by using the genart images whose names contain "NCP" or those that are saved as PNG files.
Some genart may show slight artifacts like color banding, and even slight hue variation, in the mid-lightness areas. This is due to several factors:
Software color management produces more accurate colors, but may cause displays and printers to imperfectly display color gradients (even gray gradients may exhibit tiny hue shifts). The best way to view the genart is on a display / printer that is hardware calibrated to the Display-P3 colorspace, and with software color management disabled (in the operating system, image viewer and video player).
An active "night light" mode (which massively shifts the colors toward red) may cause severe color banding.
Color gradients with a fixed hue and a variable lightness, like those used in genart, are imperfectly converted to RGB by known formulas.
Some fractals use a coloring process that may intrinsically exhibit color banding.
Some genart pieces contain extremely fine color gradients whose pixel-to-pixel RGB channel variation requires at least 12 bits to store. The conversion of such variations to the usual 8 bits per channel can result in visible interruptions in gradients.
JPEG compression adds artifacts because it doesn't preserve all the information from the genart.
Some image viewers that let you set the computer wallpaper, convert the PNG genart to BMP or JPEG, conversion which may cause color banding.
Most computer displays and printers can reproduce only 24-bit colors (8 bits per RGB channel) which may intrinsically exhibit banding in fine color gradients.
The genart from the private content is saved with 48-bit colors, so, a professional display or printer, together with the appropriate software, that can reproduce at least 30-bit colors should show no color banding, or at least reduce it significantly.
The genart comes as computer files, so you can put them on a USB drive and connect that drive to a TV. If the files are archived in a ZIP file, they must be extracted from the archive before you put them on the USB drive. The XQ animations can't be played by current TVs, but can be played on a computer and passed to a TV through an HDMI cable.
The genart is tested on a 65 inch 8K Neo QLED TV, generation 2022. The TV has a wide color gamut (wider than that of the Display-P3 colorspace).
Due to the extremely complicated, yet inaccurate (color gamut), automatic configuration of TVs, it's recommended to manually change the configuration until you like the image that you see, as follows:
Set the picture mode to "Dynamic".
Check that the colorspace was set to "Native", in order to benefit from all the colors that the TV can show. If it wasn't, try to change it manually.
Decrease the saturation in order to keep the colors pleasant. For the test TV, this is 70%.
Decrease the brightness until you like what you see. For the test TV, this is 60%.
Set the color tone to "Standard" (not "Cool", not "Warm").
Change the white balance until the image has no color cast (like bluish or greenish). For the test TV, the red gain is +5, while the blue gain is -15.
Buying an 8K TV makes sense only in certain scenarios, like displaying art and viewing it from up close. The resolution difference between 8K and upscaled 4K can barely be seen from up close (90 cm, 3 ft) on a 65 inch TV, while switching back and forth between the two images. If you buy an 8K TV to display art that will be viewed from up close, its diagonal has to be at least 65 inches.
Art is comfortable to be viewed from a distance equal with at least one diagonal of the TV, which means that the 4K resolution is enough for any TV size. At such a distance, even the 2K resolution images look good enough.
If you want to buy a TV to display art, like for an art gallery, buy an OLED TV because of its consistency of colors regardless of the viewing angle, its darker shadows and its richer colors.
If you want to display the genart on a non-OLED display, test how the samples from the Gallery look like. Look at the genart with the media viewer, not from a web-browser.
For the most part, the image quality of OLED and QLED is the same, but in some edge cases non-OLED displays look like the cheapest LED displays. These edge cases occur, for example, when the images have large areas of a color, which is the case for genart.
For example, the reddish brown from the Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse genart is so badly displayed on the test TV that its perceived hue varies (across the display) between reddish brown and light ocher, depending on the viewing angle, with the slightest change in the viewing position having a huge effect on color perception. The colors of this genart appear to be an edge case scenario.
Due to the potential of image retention, an OLED display should change the image from time to time.
The visual quality of animations is limited due to the reduced video decoding power of TVs, but is acceptable when viewed from a distance larger than a TV diagonal. Because of this, an animation of exceptional quality, XQ, is included, but it can't be played by TVs.
Summary of the behavior of the test TV, which is likely widespread among TVs:
Supports 30-bit colors, yet the PNGs saved with 48-bit colors and those saved with 24-bit colors look identical, which means that the TV isn't using 30-bit colors to show images. Moreover, some PNGs show more color banding than a computer display which supports only 24-bit colors.
Can't display very high resolution PNG files, not even 8K. To avoid this issue, use the lower resolution PNG files, or the JPG files. Note that a 4K resolution PNG image that's upscaled by the TV to 8K may look better than an 8K JPG (which may show color banding), so test both.
The pixels look visibly worse than the pixels of the display on which the genart was created. For example, for the same 8K image, viewing the images at pixel level (= 1 logical pixel per 1 physical pixel), fine lines that appear smooth on the display, appear jagged on the TV. This issue is visible only when the viewing distance is smaller than the TV's diagonal. The pixel density (per millimeter) is 5.4 for the TV, and 3.5 for the display, so the larger pixels of the display should have had the opposite effect.
Image color management:
In the default colorspace ("Auto"), the colors of animations are very close to those shown by the display on which the genart was created. However, for images, the colors are less saturated.
After the TV was calibrated with a smartphone, the colors lost yellow saturation.
The color profile that's embedded in images is ignored, but this isn't critical because the TV's gamut is close to the gamut of the display on which the genart was created.
The colors of PNGs and JPGs with a YCbCr pixel format look fine; this is how all genart is stored. The colors of JPGs with an RGB pixel format are shown with colors that are darker, shifted and with a lot more visible color banding.
It's possible to switch to the "Native" colorspace in order to benefit from the full gamut of the TV, but the saturation must be decreased in order to keep the colors pleasant.
Has no "Fill (landscape images)" display mode for images / animations, to fill the entire display with a displayed image. This matters, for example, for images with a 16:10 aspect ratio that have a width that exactly fits the TV's resolution; instead, they will be badly scaled to fit the display. Similar for images with a 16:8 aspect ratio that have a height that exactly fits the TV's resolution.
During scaling, shows severe artifacts, including increased color banding, especially during upscaling, especially if the zoom factor isn't an integer. Scaling from 4K to 8K looks good.
It's able to decode videos with a bitrate that is higher than what the specifications say. For example, while the TV is rated to play 8K videos with a maximum bitrate of 80 Mbps, it can play smoothly the Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse animation with an average bitrate of 90 Mpbs, even though the animation has areas where the bitrate goes well above the average, to maintain the visual quality. However, when the average bitrate is 140 Mbps, the TV freezes in certain areas of the animation. This is unfortunate because the animation with the 90 Mbps bitrate has only an acceptable quality, whereas the animation with the 140 Mbps bitrate has a pretty good quality. For comparison, the XQ animation has a bitrate of 570 Mbps, while the maximum exceeds 1'100 Mbps.
Can't seamlessly loop videos. There is an interruption between consecutive loops.
At a few specific moments, shows very short and tiny stuttering in 8K animations, even for a low bitrate. (It looks like the stuttering has disappeared.)
Brightness control is buggy, especially when switching between image and video viewing, and keeps resetting to a lower or higher brightness even though the value itself is correct. (Auto brightness is off.)
The web-browser isn't color managed and scaled images look bad.
For the best visual experience, watch the XQ genart, which has an exceptional quality.
TVs can't play it because they can't handle any of the following: RGB pixel format, 8K VP9 encoding, very high bitrate.
Play the animation on a (very powerful) computer, and pass the video signal to the TV, through an HDMI 2.1 port, as if passing it to a secondary computer display. The signal should be RGB, 30-bit colors.
Video player output quality varies dramatically. For example, MPC-HC has very good quality, but VLC shows severe color banding in low detail areas (except in the XQ animation). The animation frames extracted (with FFMPEG) from the XQ video files look like the original frames, so any defect visible in the animations is due to the video player.
Both MPC-HC (with color management disabled) and VLC can display the XQ animations with the original colors, so they work well with a display that's calibrated for the Display-P3 colorspace.
There doesn't appear to be any consumer hardware that can hardware decode the VP9 encoding with an RGB pixel format, so the computer's microprocessor has to be very powerful to decode the animation by itself. You may have to disable hardware decoding in the video player application, because, if the hardware support isn't complete, having hardware decoding active can hinder the decoding performance.
The computer's graphics card has to support 8K output, at 30 FPS, through HDMI 2.1. Intel's integrated graphics chip supports this only through DisplayPort, but most TVs don't have such ports. Nvidia GeForce RTX series 30 and 40 support this through HDMI; see this external tutorial about how to set up 8K viewing. See this external tutorial about Samsung's support for 8K input for its TVs.
For transmitting 4K resolution, a passive HDMI cable should be shorter than 7.5 m (25 ft); for 8K it's probably half of that.
You may have to color profile the TV, through the computer.
The genart comes as computer files that you can send to an online printing service.
Some printing services allow anyone to print any image they can upload to the service. Such a service is useful when you can buy very high quality images from anywhere in the world, like the genart or stock images, but you want to print them closer to your home (because large prints may get damaged when delivered internationally, and the delivery cost may be too high).
If the printing service supports it, it's recommended to send them the PNG files, not the JPG files. Don't edit those files because they will most likely lose the 48-bit colors and the embedded color profile, as most image editors don't preserve them.
The recommended substrates for genart prints, small and large, are:
Fine art (paper): Usually made using ink jet printers with 7...12 inks. Can provide the widest color gamut and highest quality. The best fine art papers have at least 210 gsm (grams per square meter), are made from 100% cotton rag, and are labeled "archival" or "acid free". Well known brands: Hahnemuehle, Canson.
Foamboard (forex, plastic): Usually made using UV printers with 7 inks; UV light is used to dry the ink. Provides moisture resistance, light prints. You can easily store many such prints in a small space and periodically change the displayed ones.
Metal (aluminum): Usually made using UV printers. Provides durability, moisture resistance.
Gallery (acrylic glass, aluminum backing): Usually made using UV printers. Provides durability, moisture resistance.
All these print substrates can usually have a custom size, and therefore aspect ratio. Almost all genart has the 16/9 aspect ratio. If the printing service doesn't offer this aspect ratio as standard, you should be able to choose a custom size to fit this aspect ratio.
You should not place prints under commercial-grade glass because that glass is far inferior, in quality, to the museum-grade glass.
In the case of printing on glossy surfaces, like acrylic glass, light reflections may degrade the viewing experience, but the gloss improves the contrast (when there are no reflections).
For displaying at home, the most flexible wall mount for foamboard is with magnets on the back of the prints, but most printing services don't have this kind of mount. A hanging wire is not very stable.
Remember that for the 65 inch test TV, the resolution difference between 8K and upscaled 4K can barely be seen from up close (90 cm, 3 ft), while switching back and forth between the two images. This means that a good resolution for a 65 inch diagonal, viewed from a distance between 90...180 cm (3...6 ft, 36...72 in), is between 8K...4K, which gives a horizontal density between 5.4...2.7 pixels / mm (140...70 pixels / in), which gives an average density of 4 pixels / mm (100 pixels / in), which happens to be commonly used for large, high quality prints.
For prints that are usually viewed from up close, this print density should be used. However, art is comfortable to be viewed from a distance equal with at least one diagonal of the print, which means that the 4K resolution is enough for any print size.
For high quality prints that are viewed from up close:
To find out the maximum size of a print for any image, divide the image's width to 40 in order to get the print width in centimeters, and to 100 in order to get the print width in inches.
This means that the maximum size of a print for a 16K image should be 384 * 216 cm, with a diagonal of 440 cm; in inches, it's 153 * 86 in, with a diagonal of 176 in.
The maximum size of a print for a 2K image (like those from the public content of an NFT) is 50 * 28 cm (20 * 11 in).
The maximum size of a TV that displays a high quality 8K animation should be 192 * 108 cm, with a diagonal of 220 cm; in inches, it's 76 * 43 in, with a diagonal of 88 in.
If you want a print whose size is equivalent to the size of a TV, here are some approximations:
55 inch: 120 * 68 cm (47 * 26 in).
65 inch: 142 * 80 cm (56 * 32 in).
75 inch: 164 * 92 cm (65 * 37 in).
85 inch: 186 * 104 cm (73 * 41 in).
The PPI density, or pixels per inch, is equal with the number of pixels of the image divided by the size of the print, horizontally or vertically.
The native density / resolution of a printer is measured in DPI (= dots per inch). The DPI can't be controlled by changing either the number of pixels of the image, or the size of the print. A dot can have only a specific ink, so it takes many dots to make a pixel, which is why dots don't matter when speaking of the resolution at which to print an image. Some printers can mix several inks in a dot.
The DPI should be as high as possible, at least 300, regardless of the PPI, because more dots provide a smoother interpolation between pixels, and the ink is better distributed within a pixel, meaning that it's better to have within a pixel many small blank spaces that are less visible, rather than few large blank spaces that are more visible. This behavior can't be reproduced on a TV or computer display because they have a fixed number of dots per pixel: red, green, blue.
When an image is printed, the printer changes the physical size of the image's pixels in order to cover the entire specified size of the print with the image. This means that as the print size increases, since the number of pixels remains the same, the PPI decreases, but the DPI remains the same because the printer's ability to print dots per inch remains the same. This means that as the size of the print increases, in order for the pixels /image to look just as sharp, the distance from which the print should be viewed has to be (proportionally) increased.
Ignore anything said by printing services, software image viewers and editors, no matter their fame, about DPI and PPI because they conflate them to the point of claiming that images should have a resolution expressed in DPI, even though DPI is linked to printers, not to images.
All genart images, except for those whose names contain "NCP", contain information (= an ICC profile) that allows high quality printing services to accurately reproduce the colors shown by the computer where the genart was generated.
Unfortunately, few printing services can properly handle full color management. Because of this, the private content of an NFT contains images that are ready for printing, images whose file names are prefixed with "print_". The colors of these images are converted to a color profile that high quality printing services recognize, AdobeRGB, which is also embedded in the images. The JPG images are available because most printing services accept only small files and only 8-bit colors, and the JPG fits these limitations; the disadvantage is that it may show some color banding.
If you want to print an image that isn't converted for print, the generating software of the genart, Fluogen, will have a feature to prepare any image for print. Don't perform this operation on an image that isn't from an NFT because they were generated on displays with different colorspaces.
The genart has not been tested at these printing services, they are only examples.
You can upload your own image files to these services, for printing. International shipping is expensive, so look for a service on the same continent.
Pixels: Artists can set up shops.
Grieger: High-end. Manual processing. They have the technology to match the level of exceptional quality of the genart.
The genart, and mosaics in particular, can be used for outlandish architectural design projects that want to showcase the genart, especially a mosaic, by printing it on various materials like metal, acrylic glass, wood or porcelain tile, and installing it on a wall or floor.
It should be possible to see the entire image from a distance, so a wall would be the easier choice since people can simply stand at a significant distance from the wall. Also, while showing an image on the floor requires printing it on porcelain tile, since people have to walk on it, a wall (inside a building) doesn't require this. Even more, seeing an image on the floor requires people to look down at it from a floor higher than the one where the image is installed.
Porcelain tile would likely be the most expensive material since it would have to be custom made by a porcelain tile manufacturer, by printing it under the glazing of the tile, like it's already done for modern tile that has a pattern.
The tiler should be able to easily install the tiles one after another, starting from the top-left corner and continuing left to right, and top to bottom. For this, there are several options:
The printing service packages the tiles in the order from the mosaic. Clear instructions about the installation order must be provided.
The printing service randomizes the tiles during printing, and packages them in the order of printing. Clear instructions about the installation order must be provided.
The tiler installs the tiles randomly.
The 16K resolution of the genart may be insufficient for a very large installation area, depending on the desired printed resolution. However, a print with a very high resolution may be unnecessary, and may actually give the genart the look of an out-of-place image instead of a design that integrates organically in the building. If needed, it's possible to make a custom genart request to increase the resolution of the genart, or the tiles could be saved in separate image files, each with a 16K resolution.
In the private content of each image NFT that has mosaics, there is a "MOCs" folder. This folder contains JSON files with the configurations of the mosaic tiles that were used to create the mosaics. They can be used by the printing service to reproduce a mosaic image present in the NFT.
The structure of such a JSON file is:
"Rows" = The number of rows of the mosaic.
"Columns" = The number of columns of the mosaic.
"Tiles" = The list of mosaic tiles.
"OrderedRow" = The ordered index of the row of the tile in the genart. This starts from 0 and increases from top to bottom.
"OrderedColumn" = The ordered index of the column of the tile in the genart. This starts from 0 and increases from left to right.
"RandomRow" = The randomized index of the row of the tile, where the tile with the ordered row was moved to form the mosaic.
"RandomColumn" = The randomized index of the column of the tile, where the tile with the ordered column was moved to form the mosaic.
Summary: The license terms are designed to allow the genart and lore to be published without limitations, so that the people who support the project can enjoy it fully. Some genart and lore is free to enjoy, while some can be purchased and later sold on the secondary market.
While the NFTs are owned, their referenced content isn't. The Author retains all legal rights over the genart and lore created by the Author, except as specified below.
An NFT (created by the Author) is subject to the license type identified by the value of the metadata field called "License", and is also specified in the description of the NFT. The license terms are included in the "Extra" folder from the NFT's private content, and are a version of these license terms.
Only the license terms set by the Author apply to an NFT and to its referenced content, in perpetuity, regardless of who is the NFT owner. More restrictive terms may be set if the referenced content is licensed for use in a separate context, but the restrictions specified by the Author may not be removed.
Supporters: The NFT is transferable and resalable, has multiple copies, it's sold through an open edition, the decryption key is made public here after the open edition closes, each owner may use the private content in any way, the Author may use the private content commercially before the sale.
Cultural: The NFT is transferable and resalable, has a single copy, the decryption key is made public here before purchase, the owner may use the private content in any way, the Author may use the private content commercially before the sale. The NFT collection The Nifties has this license type (it was renamed).
Patron: The NFT is transferable and resalable, has a single copy, the decryption key is made public here after purchase, the owner may use the private content in any way, the Author may use the private content commercially before the sale.
Exclusive: The NFT is transferable and resalable, has a single copy, the decryption key is private, the owner may use the private content in any way, the Author may not reuse the private content. This license type is normally used only for custom NFTs.
The owner of an NFT may do anything with the NFT, its referenced content and the decryption key of its private content, so long as the owner has legally purchased, or has received as gift, and still owns the NFT. For example, the owner may make public the referenced content and the decryption key of its private content.
If the NFT is sold in the secondary market, the seller must stop all further commercial use of the referenced content, with some exceptions:
If the referenced content was used in a product that was created before the sale, like a videoclip, that product can continue to be used commercially.
Any prints of the referenced content may continue to be used for private, non-commercial use.
The NFT seller may sell maximum 2 prints of the referenced content.
If the referenced content was used in a derivative work that dramatically modified, visually, the genart, the derivative work may continue to be used commercially.
The description of a custom NFT may contain further rights and limitations.
Printing services may sell prints of the genart and lore, if each customer brings the digital files to print.
The owner of an NFT may not:
Claim that he / she is the author of the NFT or of the referenced content, since authorship is immutable and belongs to the Author.
Copyright, trademark or otherwise register as intellectual property the NFT or the referenced content.
The private content of an NFT is visible to anyone who has the decryption key of the private content.
The private content can be accessed by following the steps from the description of the NFT, or by following the steps described here.
If the Author, or the owner of an NFT, makes public the private content or its decryption key, in accordance with the license type, the private content may be treated as if it's public content.
While the referenced content is being used commercially, the NFT's owner may have to prove to a third party that he / she is indeed the NFT's owner. This is done through the use of a cryptographic signature linked to the digital identity that owns the NFT. Some online platforms do this automatically.
The referenced content may be used for commercial purposes only by the current owner of that NFT, and by the Author as specified in the Scarcity section.
An NFT grants the same legal rights whether it was legally purchased from its legal owner, or was received as a gift from its legal owner.
A print of the genart may not be copied.
Genart that is generated on your own has no license terms and no restrictions on how it can be used.
The names "voidsculptor.art", "Void Sculptor" and "Void Sculptor Art" may be used only to identify the Author, not for commercial purposes.
The Author of all the genart and lore used in the NFTs, and of the software applications that were used to generate the images and animations, is Void Sculptor.
Genart (generative art) is the graphical render of visually impactful combinations of mathematical equations and parameters, combinations that have a markedly different visual impact from one another. The genart can be rendered in images or animations. Some equations are using the multidimensional mathematics discovered by the Author. The genart is made using a software application built by the Author for this purpose.
A shape is a uniquely identifiable geometric design that is graphically rendered by a combination of mathematical equations and parameters, in a piece of genart. Shapes can be identified as being different / distinct only if they have a markedly different visual impact, ignoring human identifiable basic transformations (like translation, rotation, scaling, simple distortions, coloring).
A mosaic is a genart image that is split in small rectangular tiles that are randomly repositioned inside the original rectangle of the genart. Mosaics look unique and have a markedly different visual impact from the genart image that they are generated from, but not necessarily from one another, due to the random arrangement of the tiles.
Lore is text that is rendered in images. The text is made by fragments from the Author's work in various domains. The lore is rendered using a software application built by the Author for this purpose.
Metadata. Text that contains public information, but may contain some private information that is visible only to the owner of the NFT. Only the Author can create it, and possibly update it later.
The public content is digital content (like images and animations) that is referenced by an NFT, and is available to the public (in an unencrypted form). It's stored on the Internet. It's used to identify the NFT visually, and can be used by marketplaces to display the NFT. Can be downloaded and is readable by anyone. Mosaics made from the genart, at up to 2K resolution, are also public content.
The private content is digital content that is referenced by an NFT, that contains a high resolution version of the public content. It's optionally encrypted. Can be downloaded by anyone, but, if it's encrypted, is readable only with a secret decryption key. The public content can be copied from the private content, so that the NFT's entire referenced content can be recreated from a single file download (= the private content). You can read here how to decrypt the private content.
The referenced content is all the content, public and private, that is referenced by an NFT.
Publishing an NFT means that the Author mints the NFT on a blockchain.
The Work created by the Author is comprised of all the genart, lore and NFTs that are published by the Author.
An open edition is a method of selling an NFT for a limited period of time, with a limited number of copies. Once the time period ends, or the maximum number of copies is reached, the edition closes, the genart becomes scarce and the decryption key of the private content is made public here.
All the references present in this document to "(referenced) content", "genart", "mosaic", "animation", "highlights", "lore" and "NFT" refer only to the Author's Work, unless otherwise specified.
The public content that is referenced by an NFT may be used non-exclusively by anyone, for non-commercial purposes and limited commercial purposes, like:
Display the public content on electronic devices (like TVs and computer displays), for personal, private use.
Make prints of the public content, including through printing services, to be displayed for personal, private use. Printing services may sell prints of the genart and lore, if each customer brings the digital files to print.
Use the public content in outlandish architectural design projects that want to showcase the genart, especially a mosaic, by printing it on various materials like metal, acrylic glass, wood or porcelain tile, and installing it on a wall or floor. If the space allows it, the public content should be credited to "voidsculptor.art"
Display the public content, on digital or physical support, at a public venue like an art gallery / exhibition / museum, spa, restaurant, hotel, lobby, conference. The public content must be credited to "voidsculptor.art"
Post the public content on websites, social media or metaverse. The public content must be credited to "voidsculptor.art"
Include the public content in public information about the Author's work, like news, documentaries, magazines, books. The public content must be credited to "voidsculptor.art"
Use the public content in derivative works that dramatically modify the genart (so the lore is excluded), visually, near the point of being unable to recognize the original, and sell the resulted work in any form. Modifying the genart with Artificial Intelligence is an example of derivative work.
The private content (of an NFT) that was made public may be used for commercial purposes that were not specified above, only by the current owner of that NFT, and by the Author as specified in the Scarcity section.
The Author must ensure that a collector who buys an NFT has clear expectations of scarcity from that NFT and its referenced genart or lore, scarcity that matters during the resale of the NFT.
The Author will publish NFTs only with genart and lore that have a high artistic quality.
Once an NFT is published, its genart or lore may be reused by the Author only in the following cases:
For non-commercial purposes (like publicity), with a resolution of up to 2K.
If the NFT doesn't have the "Exclusive" license type:
For any purpose, outside of the NFT space, but only before the NFT is sold by the Author and its private content becomes public. Examples: prints and digital downloads.
For non-commercial purposes (like publicity), after the NFT is sold by the Author and its private content becomes public.
In derivative works that dramatically modify the genart (so the lore is excluded), visually, near the point of being unable to recognize the original. Modifying the genart with Artificial Intelligence is an example of derivative work.
In custom requests made by the owners of existing NFTs, requests that ask for changes in the existing genart and are fulfilled outside of the NFT space. Examples: an NFT owner requests an image that zooms into the NFT's genart, an NFT owner requests an animations that's playing faster than the NFT's genart.
Genart equations and parameters may be reused so long as their combinations have a markedly different visual impact from one another.
A few animation frames may be reused in other genart image NFTs.
Genart images (including mosaics and animation frames) may be reused as the public content image of other genart animation NFTs, or as animation frames among many other frames. This can occur because animations may pass at some point through the same parameters as those genart images.
The Author may not reuse lore even if the visual impact is different.
The Author may reuse small fragments of lore in several lore NFTs. This can happen when some fragments of lore can work in different contexts. Extremely few such cases will occur.
The Author may sign or autograph prints made from the genart or lore.
The Author is free to explore and publish other visually impactful combinations of mathematical equations and parameters, so long as those combinations have a markedly different visual impact from one another, when they are published at different moments in time.
Different genart may share equations and parameters, so they may have significant visual similarities in terms of shapes, colors or visual effects. If their visual impact is similar then they must be published at the same time. However, if their visual impact is markedly different then they may be published at different moments in time (even years apart).
Genart may be published with the same color palette but with different shapes, at different moments in time, so long as the genart have a markedly different visual impact from one another.
Genart with similar shapes may be published with different color palettes, at different moments in time, so long as the genart have a markedly different visual impact from one another. This means, for example, that a genart image will not be published first with an orange color palette, and later with a red or yellow color palette, but there are combinations of colors that produce marked differences in terms of visual impact. Animations may also have various combinations of parameters that can be animated, combinations that can have a markedly different visual impact.
Private demo presentation on 25.11.2021
Project made public on 10.03.2022
First minted lore NFTs on 20.10.2022, in The Nifties collection.
First minted genart NFTs on 18.12.2022, including Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse.
Authorship identifying information:
Ethereum address: 0x8b35080f357ab47f1adff25a196379c51e2c0117
Ethereum contract: 0xcaf0bb4d3d6e856d4d893e72bc417abe7ded5f9e
As specified in The Plan, some images and animations are freely available for download, in medium resolution. The full content, with the highest quality, is available for purchase through NFTs. Prints and digital downloads may also be available for purchase.
You can buy the NFTs from OpenSea (external source).
The Author's signature is not present on the private images and animations (from the private content of the genart NFTs).
For recommendations about how to view the genart, see the Viewing the Genart section.
An NFT may reference private content with a high resolution version of the public content. The download link of the private content of an NFT is present in the description of the NFT, and in its metadata. The private content can be ignored because without it the NFT works like any other NFT that has only public content; the private content can be regarded as a gift.
Before you purchase an NFT, you should test how the private content works. You can do this by downloading the private content of the first genart NFT, from here.
You should download and store locally the private content of an NFT, just like when buying a shirt you take the shirt home, not just the receipt, while leaving the shirt in the shop for storage. This will allow you to later sell the NFT even if the original content disappears from the Internet.
The download link of the private content of an NFT may change if there are too many downloads. In such a case, if that situation lasts too long, if someone who bought the NFT wants to (re)download the content, it's necessary to contact the Author to temporarily reinstate the original download link.
If an NFT has the metadata "HasEncryptedRC Yes", its private content is encrypted and a decryption key is required to open it. Depending on the NFT's license type, the decryption key is either made public by the Author here, or it's put by the seller in the unlockable content of the NFT's listing in the marketplace. In the future, the decryption key will hopefully be accessible by logging to a service with the NFT. This key is required to decrypt the private content, but is not necessary if you want to use only the public content of the NFT.
When the owner of an NFT wants to sell the NFT on the secondary market, if the decryption key of the private content isn't public here, the seller has to put the decryption key in the unlockable content of the NFT's listing in the marketplace, so that the buyer can use it to decrypt the private content. Since marketplaces don't currently support private content for NFTs, this step has to be manual.
If a potential buyer doesn't trust the seller to put the decryption key in the unlockable content, either a trusted intermediary can be used (like an auction house or marketplace that can automatically verify that the private content can be decrypted), or the seller can simply make the decryption key public. Alternatively, the seller could make public the unencrypted private content, and any potential buyer could check its hash to verify its integrity, and then buy the NFT.
Before buying an NFT on the secondary market, a potential buyer should download and verify that the private content is authentic, by following these steps.
You can download the public images and animations from the Gallery.
An NFT may reference private content with a high resolution version of the public content. The download link of the private content of an NFT is present in the description of the NFT, and in its metadata.
Before you purchase an NFT, you should test how the private content works.
The private content listed below can be used to: check if you can decrypt the private content, inspect the quality, if the colors are fine, if you can view the images and animations on the desired devices (with the desired resolution), and if the animations loop seamlessly.
The decryption keys of the private content of the first genart NFT, Opportunities - Chocolate Eclipse, are public. This genart sets the standard for future genart. You can download the private content of the image NFT (2.2 GB), of the animation NFT without the XQ animation (5.5 GB), and of the full animation NFT (20 GB).
There is no point in checking the hashes of the private content without the XQ animation since this is intentionally different than the private content used in the NFT, which means that the hashes will not match (with those from the NFT).
To decrypt the private content, you need the decryption keys:
Image NFT: voidsculptorart_eth_caf0bb4d3d6e856d_ee66822ad20392921501
Animation NFT: voidsculptorart_eth_caf0bb4d3d6e856d_b933f91f7fb6fb2ac15c
To decrypt the private content of an NFT, you need one of the following external programs: 7-Zip (external source, free), WinRar or WinZip. When you try to open the ZIP file with one of these programs, it asks for the password / decryption key.
The entire structure of an NFT published by the Author makes it possible for the NFT to be safely resold together with the content if references, because all potential buyers can ensure that the authentic content is downloadable before buying the NFT.
However, until marketplaces automate support for this structure, some steps have to be performed manually by sellers and buyers.
An NFT may include the following metadata fields:
License: The license type that covers the NFT.
Project: The website of the genart project, of the Author.
Author: The person who discovered the equations or parameters that produced the genart.
Autograph: Buyer-specified text that is reserved for custom genart requests. This is optional.
ContentType: "Image", "Animation", "Lore".
ContentSize: The size of the private content archive.
HasEncryptedRC: "Yes", "No". Indicates whether the private content is encrypted or not. If this is missing, its value is "No".
HasMosaics: "Yes", "No". If this is missing, its value is "No".
FrameCount. The number of frames in an animation. This is present only for animation NFTs.
Hue. The average named hue of the image (/ first frame of the animation).
Lightness. The average named lightness of the image.
PCL (Public Content Locator). The URL from where the public content file can be downloaded.
MIL (Mosaic Image Locator). The URL from where the preview image file of the mosaic of the referenced image can be downloaded. This is optional.
APL (Animation Poster Locator). The URL from where the preview image file of the referenced animation can be downloaded. This is optional.
RCL (Private Content Locator). The URL from where the private content file can be downloaded. This is optional.
PCH (Public Content Hash). The base-16 SHA256 of the public content file. It's used to check the integrity of the file.
MIH (Mosaic Image Hash). The base-16 SHA256 of the mosaic image file. It's used to check the integrity of the file. This is optional.
APH (Animation Poster Hash). The base-16 SHA256 of the animation poster file. It's used to check the integrity of the file. This is optional.
URCH (Unencrypted Private Content Hash). The base-16 SHA256 of the unencrypted private content file. It's used to check the integrity of the file. This is optional.
RCH (Private Content Hash). The base-16 SHA256 of the private content file. It's used to check the integrity of the file. This is optional.
The URLs from where the referenced content may be downloaded may change without breaking the authenticity of the content, because the hash metadatas are used to authenticate the referenced content. The NFT may get attached different download URLs in the secondary market, in a seller description area.
The owner of an NFT should download and store locally its private content, just like when buying a shirt the buyer takes the shirt home, not just the receipt, while leaving the shirt in the shop for storage. This will allow the owner to later sell the NFT even if the original content disappears from the Internet.
The public and the private content can be stored anywhere on the Internet. The location can change, but if it does, the seller of an NFT has to provide another location from where the content can be downloaded before the sale occurs.
The referenced content can be stored and downloaded from anywhere. This is possible because an NFT contains a hash that was computed deterministically from the referenced content itself, which means that the integrity of the referenced content can be checked before buying the NFT. Anyone can reupload online the referenced content since it's guaranteed to be authentic and unchanged. If the content changes in any way, the hash will be different, so the changed content can't impersonate the authentic content.
The private content allows an NFT to contain high resolution versions of the public content, available only for the buyers, guaranteed to be original to future buyers, and storable anywhere.
The private content can be ignored, and if this happens, the NFT works like any other NFT that has only public content; the private content can be regarded as a gift.
If an NFT has the metadata "HasEncryptedRC Yes", its private content is encrypted and a decryption key is required to open it. Depending on the NFT's license type, the decryption key is either made public by the Author here, or it's put by the seller in the unlockable content of the NFT's listing in the marketplace. In the future, the decryption key will hopefully be accessible by logging to a service with the NFT. This key is required to decrypt the private content, but is not necessary if you want to use only the public content.
The decryption key of the private content is different for each NFT. To strongly link the private content archive file with the authentic NFT (published by the Author), the decryption key always contains the Author's name, the publishing blockhain's symbol and the first 16 characters from the publishing smart contract identifier: "voidsculptorart_eth_caf0bb4d3d6e856d_"
The NFT's owner can download the private content from the link specified in the NFT's description, and use the decryption key to decrypt it, using any archiving software that supports AES256 encryption, like, for example, 7-Zip.
All the past and future owners of an NFT can read the private content (with the same decryption key).
The unencrypted private content can't be reencrypted; if it is, its RCH will no longer match because both the compression and encryption add some (random) information. This means that if an NFT's owner intends to sell the NFT, the owner must keep the original private content of the NFT.
Steps that a (potential) buyer should take in order to read the private content of an NFT:
Download the private content of the NFT. The download link can be found in the description of the NFT, or in the RCL metadata, or in a location indicated by the seller of the NFT. The download link may change without breaking the authenticity of the content, because the hash metadata is used to authenticate the referenced content.
Download the program 7-Zip (external source).
Verify the integrity of the private content. Open 7-Zip and navigate to the downloaded private content file. Right-click on the file and choose the "CRC \ SHA256" menu. A small window will show a hash value; you can press "Ctrl + C" to copy the text, and then paste it in a text editor. If the hash value is identical with the RCH, ignoring the letter casing, the private content is original.
The NFT can be bought.
In 7-Zip, enter inside the private content archive (you can double-click on the file). To decrypt the content, use the decryption key of the NFT.
Most blockchains that support NFTs don't support private metadata (readable only by the NFT owner), so the transfer of the decryption key is trust based.
When the owner of an NFT wants to sell the NFT on the secondary market, if the decryption key of the private content isn't public here, the seller has to put the decryption key in the unlockable content of the NFT's listing in the marketplace, so that the buyer can use it to decrypt the private content. Since marketplaces don't currently support private content for NFTs, this step has to be manual.
If a potential buyer doesn't trust the seller to put the decryption key in the unlockable content, either a trusted intermediary can be used (like an auction house or marketplace that can automatically verify that the private content can be decrypted), or the seller can simply make the decryption key public. Alternatively, the seller could make public the unencrypted private content, and any potential buyer could check its hash to verify its integrity, and then buy the NFT.
An NFT whose private content is inaccessible or unreadable works the same as most other NFTs that are in circulation today. The private content is a bonus.
Marketplaces can guarantee that buyers and sellers can buy and sell NFTs with private content, without having to trust each other, by following these steps:
Download the private content from where the seller indicates.
Check that the hash of the private content matches the RCH.
Use the decryption key that the seller has put in the unlockable content, to decrypt the private content.
Check that the hash of the unencrypted private content matches the URCH.
After this, the marketplace is certain that the unencrypted private content is the one that the author of the NFT wanted to reference, so it can assure the (potential) buyers that it's fine to buy the NFT after they download the private content and verify its integrity (by matching the RCH).
Marketplaces can perform this process manually or automatically, and place a verification checkmark on the NFTs that are so verified.
During an NFT's publishing, marketplaces can verify manually, for a fee, that the unencrypted private content looks the same as the public content, so as to ensure that the author of the NFT has referenced the correct private content in the NFT.
Alternatively, during an NFT's publishing, marketplaces can ask the unencrypted private content from its author, and perform the encryption process and storage themselves.
This process is not necessary if the NFTs are published on a privacy preserving blockchains that supports private metadata (where the decryption key can be placed when the NFTs are published).
An NFT is a block of data that is stored in a blockchain, that cryptographically proves which digital identity owns it.
An NFT is a package of authenticated provenance, legal rights, potential scarcity, programmable behavior, metadata and referenced content, package that can be resold as a whole either for a higher price (like may be in the case of art), or for a lower price (like in the case of second-hand items).
An NFT is usually used as proof of authenticity, ownership and other legal rights over assets, either digital or physical.
Possession of an item, digital or physical, is not legal ownership of that item. This isn't a concern for low cost mass products that come and go, but it matters for unique products and for expensive products, and NFTs can prove ownership.
An NFT usually references a computer file (text, image, video or audio) that is stored elsewhere on the Internet. The referenced content is usually public and can be accessed, and copied, by anyone.
The referenced content can be encrypted, and the decryption key can be transmitted with the NFT through unlockable content, either with support from either centralized marketplaces (in the NFT's listing in the marketplace), or from decentralized, privacy preserving blockchains.
The value of something isn't given by those who value it the least, but by those who value it the most. If nobody values an NFT more than a postcard, than that's its value in the NFT world, and this means that its creator has to find a way to sell the art as a mass product.
Art isn't worth a lot because it's art, it's worth a lot for the fame of its author or for the story behind it. More fame means that more people like that art, which means more potential buyers for later, and a higher social status for the collector (in some circles).
What is the price of Mona Lisa? Which one? You can get Mona Lisa in 12K resolution, for free, from this external source. For some people, the value of a copy is so low that they won't even click on that link, others will but won't save it on their computers, and virtually nobody will make a print to display it at home. Moreover, most people don't find it interesting enough to display even the original in their home. Yet, the painting made by Leonardo da Vinci is worth a fortune to some people, not because of its content, but because of its provenance.
What before NFTs was being sold as tickets, postcards, stamps, collectible cards, stock photography, paintings, and art of historic value, can now be sold together under the single concept of NFTs.
Most people think "I posses the content and nothing else matters." For them, the provenance of the content isn't relevant. Since digital content can be duplicated indefinitely by anyone who has access to a copy of it, most people view digital content, and therefore NFTs, as a mass product that should be as cheap as postcards.
Mass digital products are characterized by a lack of scarcity, unlimited distribution by the creator / seller, no rights to resell, no commercial rights for the buyer. These characteristics allow for a low sale price.
The saturation of the market with competing content pushes potential buyers toward consuming low cost mass products. But even ignoring this direction, since currently there is no audience large enough to make mass product NFTs economically viable, these represent a limited opportunity to make money.
Another problem is that if mass products include the ability to resell them, people can buy the NFTs to get the high resolution content and then resell them for less than the author does. This is likely to make the secondary market very active and the author unable to make money, since, at best, the author could make only a small percentage in royalties for a price that would continuously spiral toward zero (since the secondary market has no reason to maintain a minimum price). The alternative is to make the initial sale price high, so that the royalties add up to a sustainable level, but in that case the high sale price would be a deterrent for buyers because they know that they have to find another buyer in order to recover the high cost.
Another problem is that mass products don't mix well with fixed URLs for downloading private content because it doesn't allow for bandwidth scalability, and they (and other access information) can be shared among many people. This can be overcome if the NFT is only an access key (possibly time limited) to the private content, not a direct reference to the private content. The NFT can still serve as a legal proof that the private content can be used commercially.
Reselling NFTs linked to events doesn't have this issue since the utility of such NFTs is limited to the events where only the NFT owners can be present, something that can't be copied; same for NFTs linked to items that can be used only in connection with something else (like items in a game).
Exclusive products are expensive and therefore make very few NFTs, so they also represent a limited opportunity to make money.
In the case of art, in between the mass products and exclusive products, there is fine art. Fine art is more expensive than a mass product, but less expensive than an exclusive product. The price (for each copy) could start at the price of a large high quality print, or of royalty-free stock images and animations that come with enhanced commercial usage rights.
Custom work is also a fit use case since, if general license terms aren't enough, an NFT can point to an archive file that contains a contract and the result of the work.
Anyone who wants to sell a digital product on a mass scale should use non-transferable NFTs (instead of the usual transferable NFTs), to avoid the issues specified above.
A non-transferable NFT is an NFT that can't be transferred from a wallet to another. A non-transferable NFT is also known as a wallet bound token (WBT).
A WBT can only be transferred from its publisher to a buyer.
A WBT can't be legally sold on the secondary market.
A WBT gives people the ability to legally posses its referenced digital private content.
A WBT is a mass product, so it provides no scarcity for its referenced content.
A WBT can have royalties taken from its sale price, which can then be split among multiple recipients.
A WBT works as:
A decentralized distribution mechanism for the private content, as a mass product, at a low cost.
A receipt of purchase of the private content.
Legal proof that the private content can be used (especially commercially).
An access key to view or download the private content, from some online service. The access may expire, as specified in the NFT's description.
An access key for future interactions with the publisher, like voting what genart to publish next, or free drops (when a certain number of NFTs are sold by the publisher, possibly to a few random NFT owners).
Transferable NFTs are like authenticated unique art, while non-transferable NFTs are like mass produced copies of unique art.
To understand NFTs, replace the word "NFT" with "physical art", "physical painting" or "physical book", and you will see that the same arguments apply.
An NFT is the equivalent of an original, author-signed work of art, and has the form of an unforgeable digital cryptographic signature.
Examples of similarities between physical art and NFTs:
Many people have a copy of a painting or of a book, but very few have an author-signed copy.
Most people enjoy copies of a work of art as much as they enjoy seeing the original, especially since a copy may be indistinguishable from the original. Some people prefer an author-signed work of art.
Making an original work of art requires some time and energy, but some art pieces sell for much more money than the production costs.
At any moment, the author of a work of art can, technically, make (more) copies and sell them, therefore degrading the value of the original work of art.
For works of art, there is an (implied) promise of the authors to never make (more) copies. Books are different because they are low cost mass products.
When buying a work of art, which is still under copyright, the buyer is not legally allowed to make copies of the work and sell them, even though it's technically possible.
Content creators must link their identities to the content.
Content creators must find their own fans and customers.
Examples of differences:
The creation time of an NFT is cryptographically proven.
The provenance and transactions of an NFT are cryptographically proven.
Making a physical copy requires a lot more effort than making a print or a digital copy. It may appear that this has the advantage of reducing forgery attempts, but, on the other hand, NFTs are cryptographically timestamped, so the originals are easier to identify, unless they're first made with stolen content.
Some people prefer an analogue touch, like a physical item with a physical signature.
The images referenced by an NFT can be printed, to have a physical object, and can be reprinted if a print degrades.
Physical objects degrade in time and require care and maintenance to remain in good shape, so they bring an analogue touch. An old physical object which is in good shape is a very rare occurrence. It's very hard to duplicate the good, but time affected, state of an old physical object.
NFTs don't degrade in time and don't require maintenance to remain in good shape. The digital content of NFTs can be duplicated without error, but the cryptographic signatures can't be changed.
In defining property, especially digital property, there are several distinct elements to consider, elements that clearly separate the expectations of the buyers. These elements are: authorship, (physical or digital) possession and (legal) ownership.
An NFT has two components: the NFT itself (= the small block of data stored in a blockchain) and the referenced content (= the large digital information stored outside of the blockchain).
The NFT itself is linked to a digital identity and can be used only by that identity, so it's owned only by, and is the property of only that identity.
The referenced content is information that can be duplicated, with practically no costs, by anyone who has access to it, so its ownership has to be represented indirectly by the ownership of the NFT that references it. Usually, the private content has different legal terms than the NFT itself; for example, images are licensed for use, there is no transfer of ownership.
Anybody can create NFTs that reference the same content as an original NFT, which is why the authorship of the content is critical in identifying who has the legal rights to grant ownership rights (through an NFT, or otherwise). Generally, this would be the first published NFT that references the content, but since there may be cases where the content is stolen, this isn't a blind rule. No form of (government) registration can guarantee that the (first) registrar / publisher is the author of the content, yet that (first) entity is legally recognized as the author.
In practice, all content that is published as NFTs is timestamped (by the blockchain), and for all the content created in the future, this timestamp will predate the timestamp of any other public occurrence of the same content. If the NFT references private content that has a higher quality / resolution than any similarly looking public content, a buyer can rest assured that the NFT publisher is indeed the author of the content.
In the case of an NFT that references content that is encrypted with a secret key, the potential of fraud is limited to the people who have access to the secret key, which is normally only the owners of the NFT. In theory, any previous owner could publish the same private content in other NFTs and not disclose the fact, but the timestamp of such an NFT would postdate the timestamp of the original NFT (that references the same content).
Mosaics are fun to solve as puzzles, so after a genart NFT is published, a puzzle for it may be made public, if the genart works as a puzzle.
For a puzzle, click on the "Solve" link to open the puzzle solver in your browser. Drag-and-drop the image tiles until you get a meaningful image. The empty tiles are irrelevant and provide space for moving the tiles.
To enjoy the visual experience and see the whole puzzle, you can switch your browser to full screen by pressing the F11 key (and exit with either F11 or ESC).
The puzzle is randomly generated every time the puzzle solver is opened. The state of the puzzle is not saved, so if the puzzle solver is closed, the solving progress is lost.
Puzzle solving can't be used as an earning tool because if the prize were valuable enough, someone could build software that would automatically solve puzzles by matching the edges of the random tiles, which would be detrimental to the rest of the participants.
All genart was generated entirely by Fluogen, using simple equations. No image or photo editor was used. No complicated image processing algorithm was used. Resizing and cropping were used to create presentations.
Anyone who knows the mathematical equations and parameters that were used to generate the genart, can regenerate the genart from the private content, with Fluogen.
If it were possible for someone to generate genart that looks like the Author's genart, without using Fluogen and the equations and parameters, that genart would already be publicly known since people have been playing with computer generated mathematical art for decades.
It would be great to see other people being attracted to and spread this kind of genart and mathematics, and other people being driven to explore the possibilities and generate their own genart.
Teaching others how to do or make things can bring great value into the world. What if the first human who made a painting was the only one who could do it, and never taught anyone else how to do it? Where would art be today? What would be the relevance of that painting in a world where nobody else could make art? It would probably be treated as a curiosity, with no further impact in the world.
In the future, the Author will publish the equations and parameters that were used to generate the genart, as part of Fluogen, except for the genart used in NFTs that have the "Exclusive" license type. Other people will be able to reproduce the genart, using it as a starting point for their own genart.
The equations that were used to generate the Julia and Mandelbrot (and a few other) fractals are public, and are known for decades in mathematics. They are already included in Fluogen.
The add-on equations that were used to generate the mesmerizing Wiring Of Reality visual style were unknown to the public, at least up to the year 2022.
The first animation was generated in June 2021, but was made public in 2022. Same for the "Wiring Of Reality" genart. The genart with a resolution above 2K was never seen publicly before it was published as part of an NFT.
The equations may be shared by multiple genart of the Author, so they could be used to generate all of those, with the correct parameters. Even if the parameters aren't public, it's still possible to find them through more or less experimentation.
Fluogen, the software application that was used to generate the genart, is public. For now, only a beta version is available, that can't generate animations, but the final version will be published later.
People are free to create their own genart with Fluogen, and sell it as NFTs, either with the included equations and parameters, or with their own. There are no license terms or restrictions, from the Author, on how this genart can be used since it's the result of mathematics.
The names "voidsculptor.art", "Void Sculptor" and "Void Sculptor Art" may not be used to identify the author of such genart.
If the created art is, from an esthetic perspective, on par with, but markedly different than the Author's genart, there is the option to have the equations and parameters integrated in Fluogen, credited appropriately.
Depending on the amount of money raised from the genart NFT sales, the Author may set up prizes for mathematical discoveries made by other people, related to the Author's multidimensional numbers.
Examples of discoveries that qualify:
Discovering the equations for sine and cosine for a multidimensional angle. When used in two dimensions, these must produce the same results as the existing two-dimensional equations, unless the existing equations are shown to not actually represent the sine and cosine. The sum of the squares of the sine and cosine should have a radius of 1, but this could be a wrong constraint. Solving this may require the vision of a genius.
Finding (significant) faults in the current multidimensional equations for: multiplication, exponentiation and (natural) logarithm.
All claimed discoveries must be validated by the Author, and possibly mathematicians, for design and computed results, before the prize is awarded.
If you believe that your work is being rejected unfairly, you agree to have your work made public, on the Internet, so that anyone can check the mathematics and point out the mistakes made by either party. You can timestamp your work before submitting it to the Author, with your personal information in the signed archive file, using a service like Digistamp or Open Timestamps.
Fluogen (software application used to generate the genart)
Independent of my work, Mandelbulb (external source), a three-dimensional fractal, was constructed for the first time in 1997 by Jules Ruis (external source), and in 2009 further developed by Daniel White (external source) and Paul Nylander (external source). Inigo Quilez (external source) also helped in Mandelbulb's rendering. My work about MDNs was published online only after 2001.
Jules Ruis used polar coordinates that are formulated like in MDN, but, for some reason, these were later changed to spherical coordinates. While the definition of the conversion between the cartesian and spherical coordinates is technically correct, it contains an inconsistency and produces different results than MDN does, although similarly convoluted.
The inconsistency stems from the definition of the spherical coordinates (external source), as used in physics, where the second angle is defined in the opposite way of how the first angle is defined, and is therefore the complement of the second angle from MDN. This definition is perhaps fine in places where the presence of symmetries allows the separation of the vertical plane (and of the second angle) from the horizontal plane, but it causes inconsistencies in places where asymmetries are present.
In MDN, both angles are defined in the same way, so as to maintain the consistency of the definition from two-dimensional numbers. Specifically, each angle is adjacent to the lower dimensional axis or plane, and growing toward the next higher dimensional axis. This means that the second angle is similar to the geographical latitude (= the angular elevation from the equator), whereas in the spherical coordinates it's the complement, colatitude. Mathematically, this means that the second angle in MDN is "atan( a / b )", whereas in the spherical coordinates is "atan( b / a )".
The easiest way to understand the polar coordinates from MDN is to sit at a table, put an elbow on the table, straighten your fingers and move the arm around (while the elbow stays in place). The tip of the middle finger is the point of interest in the three-dimensional space. The arm has two angles that it can change, one relative to your chest (the first / horizontal angle), one relative to the table (the second / vertical angle). The length of your arm is the radius. However, in spherical coordinates, and therefore in Mandelbulb, the vertical angle is relative to the vertical axis.
The problem is that the spherical coordinates, and therefore the Mandelbulb, break a pattern's consistency and produce a second angle with a different value and a different direction of growing, compared to MDN. This means that operating on the angles will produce different results. It's (conceptually) similar to subtracting instead of adding.
The simplest way to understand this is to multiply the second angle with 2. For example, an MDN angle of 45 degrees multiplied with 2 produces 90 degrees away from the XY plane, so the point ends up perpendicular on the XY plane. However, while the complement angle (also 45 degrees) has the same multiplied value (90 degrees), it's toward the XY plane, so the point ends up inside the XY plane.
Multidimensional mathematics is very hard not because the concepts or equations are hard, but because they are very basic but can be applied in multiple ways, and it's very difficult for people to conceptualize it. I've spent a lot of time, across the years, thinking about how to define the polar coordinates and why it should be that way. In the end, I've used the most logically consistent algorithm and, yet, even decades later, I still fear that I may have missed something. So far, I didn't find anything.
Soundtracks to listen to, for an epic experience.
All links point to YouTube.