Unanimous is a study of the choreography and rules of artificial human behaviour on a massive scale. Informed by the complexities of crowd dynamics, the piece explores the potential for a collective intelligence to emerge from thousands of individually controlled agents.
The animation is composed of over 1,000 individual agents, each of which was generated by a computer algorithm that simulates intelligent behaviour (including avoidance, following and mimicry), reflecting the seemingly endless ways in which humans can behave in a group environment. Viewed from the bottom, these movements create interesting patterns on the floor that are reminiscent of a vast, shifting organism inside a painting.
The work is an experiment in artificial life and group intelligence, and a study of how simple rules can produce complex behaviour. It is also a metaphor for the way that human behaviour is shaped by the invisible forces of culture, social norms and groupthink.