Retro has been in for a while, and we’ve seen plenty of examples of just how cool these products and projects can be. A prime example of that is the work of Love Hulten. Using retro technology, Hulten has put together everything from arcade cabinets to computers and even giant LEGO replicas.
His latest project, Evoboxx, is designed around the classic simulation “Game of Life.”
The original Game of Life was developed in 1970 by mathematician John Horton Conway, and became popular when it was mentioned in an article that appeared in Scientific American. The simulation consisted of a series of cells that followed a few basic mathematical rules. Those rules determined whether the cell lived, died, or multiplied. The player sets up the conditions and then lets the game play—it’s a zero player game, meaning, once it starts, you don’t do anything more with it. It just runs its course.
Love Hulten took the idea of the Game of Life and applied it to make a synthesiser. Evoboxx is essentially a hardwood box that opens up to reveal the game. Powered by a Raspberry Pi 3+, the game is played on an eight-inch LCD screen. A 50mm quartz crystal sphere is used for navigation with four dials for controls and a mono speaker provides the sound.
To play, you simply set up the conditions of the initial start and then let the game go. You can adjust the speed and the volume as the game plays itself out. You can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out what the game is about, or you can sit back and enjoy the cellular simulation. Regardless of how you approach it, you can’t argue with the beauty of the piece. Hulten has definitely struck again, creating a visually stunning and conversationally inspiring work of art.