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Public Realm: Strange Attractors / KMA (2009)

Strange Attractors – The Anatomy of Dr Tulp was a study of embodied discourse; how we use our bodies to move and to communicate in a material world, and how our bodies mediate between the internal and external worlds, at a microscopic and global level.

Modern biology has shown that matter is far from inert; it is ‘self-organising’. Theories such as Epigenetics, the idea is that environmental factors can cause an organism’s genes to behave (or “express themselves”) differently, even though the genes themselves don’t change, point to the complex self-organising qualities of matter.

Strange Attractors is a playful study of these complex relationships; Using light projected onto the ground, it examines the relationship between the motion of real, inanimate, and virtual bodies. When people enter the space they become active participants, as magnetic bodies themselves, bringing life and animation, disturbing and redistributing the flow of energy through the system.

The beauty of Strange Attractors will lie in the interactions it encourages between its participants. They are the work. The piece will encourage playful interactions between individual participants and each other. Whilst the work will be modeled to encourage particular forms of interaction at specific times, the nature of these interactions will, of course, be unpredictable…