Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow (1963)

… a dynamic system with magnetic interaction between its parts visualizes the increasing difficulty of prediction the farther into the future we attempt to look.

A large-scale hexagonal grid of rotating units demonstrates a number of phenomena, such as pattern formation, magnetic forces and the trajectories within a dynamical system. Magnetic forces in each of the rotating arms cause a chain reaction of movement affecting neighbor units and moving across the grid. Our physical model gives participants the means of a direct and intuitive interaction with a simple dynamic system, combined with an interesting aesthetic experience. Participants are invited to interact with the sculpture by turning the units, which produces movements along unpredictable lines. A projection on the wall shows the spreading of the movement in realtime, through the application of a motion detection filter a video feed that is taken of the installation from above.

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