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Heliotropes

Like birds and flowers, humans go to all kinds of technological trouble to stay in the light

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By pairing a series of beautiful images with just a few lines of poetry, Heliotropes shows how patterns repeat themselves at different levels of nature, whether we know it or not. Sunflower seeds and petals are known to follow the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical formula that makes their structure maximally efficient, but they don’t do it consciously. Likewise, humans go to great lengths to mathematically optimise flight patterns to maximise profit for airlines. And yet, we sometimes get too caught up in talk of data and the algorithms. We don’t always realise that we are acting on an impulse common to many of nature’s organisms: a desire to stay in the light.

Director: Michael Langan

Language: English

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