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These pictures are not a deliberate attempt to mimic the physical reality by rendering a kind of scenery. On the contrary, it's an exploration of highly complex objects, where Chaos and bifurcations are always present, and that have their own existence in their multiverse. The spirit guiding here these digital experiments is the one of an ancient geometry, quasi-Platonician, contemplative, applied to the complex beauty of these strange attractors.

Photography is a limitless source of mytho-poetical inspiration for connecting with our natural environment and in the same time it provides many insights about the shapes, the shades and the organization found in Nature. Unlike Generative Art, the resolution of the digital photograph has less importance since I perceive photography like an intuitive and a mytho-poetic expression.

When the geometry and the illumination are major elements, I prefer pictures in black and white or with only one dominant hue. Most of the pictures presented here were taken in Sweden and the Atlantic coast of France between 2003 and 2010. I started with a Minolta Dimage 7 and from 2009 a Nikon D3000 was used. Except for collages, no or very little post-production effects (gamma correction, balance).

A door is an interface between two spaces, an outside and an inside. It can close or open a path and has both static and dynamical features. Looking at doors provides valuable insights about a local or historical view on geometry...

The richness of the natural geometry can lead to curious symmetries. The images shown beside are made with photographic natural matter (mostly vegetal and ice) and simple logical transforms based on symmetry and colour balance. The symmetry is only apparent and the pictures have kept the quasi-fractality of the natural world. But there is something else.

The Drop

A waterdrop contains everything, a perfect geometry, reflective and refractive, where Life unfolds.

The Drop

Original (1600x1200) taken in the garden, Häckeberga (Sweden) in 2009 on July, 1st at 5:01pm with a Minolta Dimage 7.

Behind the Wall

Wasn't it in a Garden, everything began, far away in the Hesperides where a colourful apple gave both Wisdom and Immortality? When the veil becomes thinner, many shapes of wonder can be observed in the Garden of deLight.

Ephemeral Flow

In the temple of the Winter Solstice, the obscure light of the reborn Sun unites with the Water of Life to draw ephemeral symbols in the sand and the currents bearing all the Elemental wisdom. The Oceanic shore of The Hesperides is both end and beginning, where dwells the World-Serpent who has initiated the Wise.

The Dryad

This image is one of the most emblematic of a certain perception of Nature that tends to be blurred with technology...

The Dryad

The colour orginal in high resolution is lost (seemingly). It was taken with the Dimage 7 in Brittany in the Forest of Brocéliande, probably in the Summer 2005. Below is found a reduced colour version.


For a long time, the traditional Elements have been a source of photographic inspiration. Browse also among the various colours that cross the Elements.
A fifth Element has been added, Art, which, according to the tradition is made of the four previous natural Elements and the human art-work. I ought to add here a sixth category Digital showing som pieces of digital collages created with a computer through the years.

Terra (earth)

Aqua (water)

Aer (air)

Ignis (fire)

Human Art

Digital (computer)

Printed images

Samples of printed artwork, framed with ophtalmic glass.

Materia Numerica offers the possibility to order printed artwork in high resolution (without theoretical limitation in size) and as unique and signed pieces. The experience of past exhibitions shows that the physical prints give a feeling of immersion in the picture. The generating process of these images of Chaos is rather delicate because it's about complex, self-organized spaces with truly infinite possibilities...

IMPORTANT: Neither randomness nor graphic desing nor post-production are involved in these images of Chaos. No third party commercial/public software (beside the C/OpenGL programming language) has been used. Ordering an original print from Materia Numerica is also a wonderful way to support an independant research work at the crossing of art, mathematics and a little metaphysics!

An original wall triptych in large format (180x90cm, 100x60cm, 60x60cm)
Villa in Western France.

Ordering an original artwork

The public exhibitions in galleries are the natural way to appreciate our prints (see the blog on the front page en page. Nevertheless pictures presented in the front page gallery or in the Facebook page can also be an inspiration source to make a completely original artwork, unique & signed. An authentication certificate is issued with each print.

Special art papers for exhibitions, materials like plexiglas and large projects more than 1m are possible, please contact us for any working!

For our printing jobs we mainly work with

The gallery and art framing atelier Le Comptoir des Arts in Sables d'Olonne will happily provide an original artisan frame of the highest quality.


A summary of the past development, public art and digital projects and main milestones through almost two decades. All this exciting activity has been taking place beside research, teaching, physical training and IT management...
The Aventure continues!


Verified publications and invited communications, most of them with a peer review. After a period of fundamental research in Theoretical Physics (modelling, n-body), a dramatic change of research policies (among others), in a globalized society with upside down values, has lead to an independent exploration at the borders of Mathematics, Philosophy and Art. Despite the ruptures and in a societal context not much suitable to the so-called fundamental research, one may recognize a common thread in these works. The years of resarch in Physics helped to build up a methodology and an robust experience in computer modelling as technology evolved to allow the present exploration of the images of infinity at the metaphysical borders of Chaos and Cosmos.


Connexions : l’art saisit le numérique, Contribution invitée à l'exposition publique, IAE de Poitiers (FR), 3 November 2015 - 8 January 2016

The Strange Attractor and Occulus Rift, Joint project with Maria Reihs produktion, Malmö (SE), December 2014 - May 2015

Gravitational waves, Art, Science & Brain computer interface workshops, Joint project with Maria Reihs produktion, Kulturbryggan et InterArts Center, Malmö (SE), March-April 2014, Kulturbryggan 2014, Statens Offentliga Utredningar (SE), Pages 50-51

Interview (in French), Le Journal des Sables (FR), 13 March 2014


Science fiction and technology scenarios: comparing Asimov's robots and Gibson's cyberspace, Technology in Society, Volume 22, Issue 2, April 2000, Pages 255-272

Men becoming machines, Seminar at Department of Technology and Society. Chalmers University of Technology (9 Dec. 1999) - Göteborg (SE)


A molecular dynamics model for nuclear clusterization, Nuclear Physics A, Volume 624, Issue 4, 20 October 1997, Pages 706-737

Cluster production and correlations in nuclear molecular dynamics, Physics Letters B, Volume 382, Issue 4, 15 August 1996, Pages 343-348

Self-organization in expanding nuclear matter, Physics Letters B, Volume 359, Issues 3–4, 12 October 1995, Pages 261-267

Dynamics of fluctuations in heavy-ion reactions, Nuclear Physics A, Volume 583, 6 February 1995, Pages 323-328

Modelling an infinite nucleonic system. Static and dynamical properties. Study of density fluctuations., Ann. Phys. Fr., Volume 19, Number 2, 1994, Pages 159-263

From stochastic phase-space evolution to brownian motion in collective space, Nuclear Physics A, Volume 567, Issue 3, 24 January 1994, Pages 663-684

Nuclear matter with a pseudo-particle model: Static bulk and surface properties, Nuclear Physics A, Volume 564, Issue 2, 15 November 1993, Pages 204-216

Modélisation d'un système de Nucléons : propriétés statiques et dynamiques; fluctuations de densité., Thèse de Doctorat, Université de Nantes, 1993

Phase space fluctuations and dynamics of fluctuations of collective variables, Nuclear Physics A, Volume 545, Issues 1–2, 3 August 1992, Pages 81-86


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An Odyssey in Platonician Chaos

The most natural use of the computer?
Only mathematical formulas and self-organization (neither graphic design nor randomness) have led to these images of Chaos. The number of user-defined variables is reduced to the minimum to make space for the magic of fractal self-organization.

The Barnley's fern.
A fractal object computed with an IFS formula.

This door was computed using the Chaotic Mandala code (2011).

A mask computed by vertical symmetry applied to the fluctuation field.

People use the word natural... what is natural to me are these botanical species which interact directly with the nervous system. What I consider artificial is 4 years at Harvard, and the Bible, and Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and the Sunday School teachings. —Timothy Leary

Elemental scenary computed witn the Materia Numerica code (2016).

As Above, So Below.