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  Pando Endo 2017 Realtime simulation with 4 drone cameras. The video included here is the point of view of drone 1/4.  Pando Endo was made as an art commission for  Worm 's first online issue, “Refuse: (v)(n)(-)”:  http://www.wormrefuse.org/pandoendo    PANDO ENDO is a virtual organism simulated in real-time. It is a root system, a plant and an infrastructure. It was developed from phone photographs of aspen tree bark, moss and roots. These photographs were converted into digital textures, programmed to morph together with a procedural system that functions as a root system.   Four drones fitted with spotlights circulate the virtually simulated organism, examining it, zooming-in on its movements.   The organism has been tasked to breach virtual glass cabinets and taught to gauge and mobilise towards light sources. Textures crawl across its surface area and liquids trickle along its tentacles like clustered organic entities. Based on this programming, the root system has found its own navigation. It resists stationary exhibition to spread and traverse the vast empty space in the empty warehouse and exposition hall.     The organism takes its first name from the great Pando (Latin, “I spread”), a clonal colony of aspen trees estimated to be 80 000 years of age, resiliently surpassing the age of agriculture and the irreversible transformations of land masses by human interactions. The Pando has 40 000 trunks, weighs 6 million tons and spreads across 106 acres. Every tree is identical in DNA and connected to a single root system. As an organism, the Pando is a slowly moving creature capable of expanding our concepts of the natural, from vast open landscapes to the covert enormity of this individual living entity that is partly obscured underground.    Tasked with replicating a Midwest American forest for an artist collective, I developed the virtual PANDO ENDO after rambling extensively through the forest. In the humid air I came across a wet strong aspen tree, stretching from beneath the wooded floor towards the skies, looking like an alien creature from another planet with its wet bark and stark moss-covered colors.    I explored the clonal colony of aspen trees, which stretched across entire mountain areas. It has surpassed, in its age as a single living being, the entire history of human culture at civilizational scales. To substantiate an organism so enduringly resilient to the modern history of our own species, the Pando Endo’s intersection with the mountain-based artist collective seems like an eyeblink in its timeline. Could future human or ecological infrastructures evolve like the connected organisation of the aspen trees and exist outside current centralized systems?                  
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