Connect demonstrates emergent complex behavior with an elegant economy of means. This testifies to a clarity of thinking and an understanding of the issues at hand. In each of thirteen units, a steel ball is suspended from a rubber string which is driven, yo-yo like, for a short period, by the motor it is suspended from. The only other component of the work is a short string with a magnet at each end. At the outset, it is attached to one ball. The presence of this ‘magnet-string’ causes the ball it is attached to be excited, which in turn causes the loose end of the string to swing around and the ball-string and magnet-string pair to behave as a ‘double pendulum’ – an iconic chaotic motion generator. Eventually, the loose magnet finds a second ball, which excites the second ball, and the assemblage of three swing around, until one magnet breaks away. The process continues in this fashion, the magnet string passing active status around the group in an unpredictable pattern. As an installation, Connect is a charming demonstration of the phenomenon of emergent behavior, in which constantly changing activity emerges from an array of simple elements with identical behavior repertoires.
About the author
Andreas Muxel (AT)
In 2004 Andreas Muxel received a Diploma in Media Communiction Design from the University of Applied Sciences Voralberg. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as an interaction and interface designer for the MARS-Exploratory meda Lab at the Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communicaciont. In 2008 he finished his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In his works he is interested in the mixture of digital code and physical material. He lives and works in Cologne, Germany.