This poster explores this idea on a number of levels both
mathematically and aesthetically. It features a clockwork
like machine representing a rationalist, scientific and mechanistic
view of the universe. The machine in this poster is the result
of a Lindenmayer System or LSystem for short.
Lsystems are sets of rules and symbols (also known as "formal
grammars") that mathematically model evolutionary growth processes.
Although this clockwork object looks at first glance a chaotic
or artistic creation, it is merely the result of a mathematically
modeled evolutionary process (in this case rendered in 3D
using a mathematical scripting language). At its core it is
based upon a simple and fixed set of rules and symbols.
Here it is used to represent the mechanistic view of the
universe, in the midst of apparently chaotic surroundings.
But are they truly chaotic?
The background to this piece is modeled using random variables
and chaotic mathematics but is ironically itself the result
of a defined system. It is merely that the resultant output
from this system is too complicated to reverse engineer to
discover the principles behind its creation in the same way
that might be done with the clockwork machine if it were to
be considered in sufficient depth for long enough.
There has and probably always will be a religious aversion
to the idea that all of reality can ultimately be explained
in mechanistic terms that are currently beyond our understanding.
