Wassertropfen

Researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz tried an experiment based on the of order in a chaotic system. For this purpose, they recorded the sounds of a dripping tap. The result was different than expected. Instead of a completely random pattern, a completely chaotic pattern showed. It resembled the Hénon attractor.

The Hénon attractor is a strange attractor, which was discovered by the astrophysicist Michael Hénon. It is presented in a ring shape, similar to the rings of Saturn.

The irregularity of the dripping noise is chaotic but not only from a physical view. The irregular sequence of drops also gets the audience a sense of unease and restlessness. The irregularity of the sounds and the unpredictability disturbs the audience. Therefore, this method is also used in war zones to torture soldiers. The non-predictability and irregularity drives the audience into madness.  In my video of the water drops, I discuss this phenomenon visually. The spectator sees the drops coming toward him, and is thus placed in the middle of the action. This abnormal angle will cause additional irritation. The ever-changing series of different drops of water represents the diversity of the drip rhythms and emphasize a feeling of restlessness.

Wassertropfen – Video instalation

Screenshot Wassertropfen - Video Installation

Screenshot Wassertropfen – Video Installation

Screenshot Wassertropfen - Video Installation

Screenshot Wassertropfen – Video Installation

Screenshot Wassertropfen - Video Installation

Screenshot Wassertropfen – Video Installation

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