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Complexity and Chaos Theory in Art

Kauffman and Varela propose the following experiment: Sprinkle sand or place a thin layer of glycerine over the surface of a metal plate; draw a violin bow carefully along the plate boundary. The sand particles or glycerine will toss about in a rapid dance, swarming and forming a characteristic pattern on the plate surface. This pattern is at once both form and process: individual grains of sand or swirls of glycerine play continually in and out, while the general shape is maintained dynamically in response to the bowing vibration.

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