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Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow (1963)

Built as a term project by Eva Schindling (AUT) and Daniel Wilson (CAD) for the Art & Technology Master's program at the IT University in Gothenburg, Sweden, "Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow (1963)" is a dynamic system with magnetic interaction between its parts allowing users to experience a visual metaphor regarding the difficulty of predicting future events.

In the artwork 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 neighbour units and moving across the grid.

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 that manipulates an overhead video feed.