The work Dynamic Systems is comprised of seeks to explore material interactions according to scientific
principles established in the medieval practice of alchemy and the mathematical principles proposed by theorists
working in the more recent mathematics of chaos theory.
Specifically, I am exploring the first principle of chaos theory, which holds that small alterations to a starting point
in a dynamic system can produce large variations as scale or time increases. The theory is summarised by
Edward Lorenz thus:
“(Chaos is) … When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately
determine the future.”
Alchemical practice informs the experimental aspects of these pieces insofar as it represents the input of the ‘scientist’
as the conduit by which elements are mixed in order to transmutate basic materials into precious metals such as gold.
I also approach these principles with regard to the philosophical metaphor some hold alchemy to represent.