Going Forward, Moving Backward

Photo: of an art installation called Going Forward, Moving Backward

Going Forward, Moving Backward

By Paul Bucci

There exists a certain kind of poetry in code for those with the right kind of eyes. The algorithm that built this maze takes three lines to define, but it produces a structure so complex that it is nearly unfathomable for a traveler tasked with solving it. A move’s meaning is hidden from both the builder and the traveler who know only the next step, but the traveler carries with them the pretension that every step is a step closer to some inevitable goal. From the traveler’s vantage point there is only a tautological metric for certainty: they’ll know they’re on the right track if, and only if, they get where they’re going.

Paul Bucci is an artist, designer and computer scientist living and working in Vancouver, B.C.