I finally managed to fix all my python and cython version missmatch errors and started experimenting with a animation nodes 2.1 development branch - this is my first experiment using the vector noise node and the curly noise setup described in the brilliant blender.stackexchange.com answer by omar Ahmad
you can download the blend file here but be aware that the 2.1 branch of the Animation Node Addon is currently under heavy development so maybe the examples here won't work out of the box with a final version.
AN Experiment 2018 Test 2 - noise position
AN experiment - particle mesh deformation
AN experiment - mesh from particles
Dynamic Paint particle growth