Polynomial Divination



Victoria University of Wellington:

Zach Challies (NZ),

Zi Yong Ng (NZ/Singapore),


For longer than recorded history, humans have been devoted to an unquenchable desire to divine truth about the world around us: systems and forces that operate just beyond the reach of our control. This scenario is the wellspring of our cultural development, often coalescing across multiple domains of art, science, technology, and religion. The digital world provides boundless tools to simulate systems and forces, natural and imagined, with a high degree of fidelity. As with ancient tribal fires, we gather around the flickering pixels and voxels, drawing forth and projecting equal parts fascination and imagination. ‘Polynomial Divination’ is a meditation on this long-held dimension of human creativity and exploration – relying on a blend of computer-based rendering and a custom projection/lighting system.





Artist Biography:

Interests in biology, mathematics, literature and history, help fuel and contextualize Doug’s full-time work as an educator and designer at Victoria University of Wellington. His research projects have been awarded for their innovative use of digital tools and storytelling. Today, Doug is the leader of the Animation programme, helping students develop new skills in creative software, design, and storytelling.

Project Credits:

Doug Easterly / Victoria University of Wellington, https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglas-easterly-b711b69/

Zach Challies / Victoria University of Wellington, zschallies.com instagram zschallies

Zi Yong Ng (Zed) / Victoria University of Wellington, zedng.xyz www.linkedin.com/in/ziyongzedng/