Aesthetic Engine 2 is simultaneously a web browser, a generative data sculpture, and a shape-shifting painting. It visualizes the hidden complexity behind our everyday web browsing. You can read about the process of making it here.
Browsing is guided – at startup, one of two predefined websites is loaded. When a user decides to go to the next page (by pressing Space or Enter), she is taken to a web page whose URL was chosen at random from all of the URLs scraped from the current web page. That way, she is slowly “crawling the web”. There is no going back.
AE2 is open-source and available for download on GitHub.