The Chaos Theory

The chaos theory refers to the lack of predictability certain systems have due to small changes in their initial conditions. This applies to organised physical systems whose pattern behaviour responds to predetermined conditions.

The idea was first introduced by Edward Lorenz in the early 1960’s. Lorenz was a meteorologist studying equations that predicted weather conditions. He found that a small change in the initial numbers would completely change the final results. Just because certain behaviour tends to repeat, doesn’t mean that the whole outcome will always be the same. Besides, the evolution of certain pattern behaviour is the result of a combination of many different factors.

This discovery brought profound changes in the field of physics. Until then it was believed that the laws governing nature were static and somehow predictable. Unfortunately, nature could not be more stubborn and just when you thought you had everything under control surprises manifest in any shape and colour. Hence, making decisions based on previous results would be meaningless.

The chaos theory could be applied to almost anything. From sociological behaviour to statistics. Even in the field of medicine researchers have found that the heart beating pattern is not more than a chaotic  pumping system.

From the arts point of view, nothing could be more accurate than uncertainty. Sometimes small changes, derive in changes in direction and even completely different work. This is what makes Art more interesting. The endless bumps and disorganised chain of events could result in great masterpieces.

Art finds inspiration in chaotic situations. But there is also an equilibrium within the chaos, a kind of order quite impossible to conceive at first sight.

When Frida Kahlo had the bus accident, which was going to affect her health for the rest of her life,  she never thought that accident would ignite her very personal artistic style. I’m not saying that having an accident is something that everyone should profit from. I’m only saying that obstacles are part of life and changes in direction may result in artistic reinvention.

After all, chaos is everywhere. Chaos is an essential part of life. Chaos pushes us to adapt to new situations. Chaos generate accidents and new opportunities to explore.

These pictures are part of an experimentation with surreal scenarios. The contrast between civilisation and civilised men with natural forces is something that goes beyond human understanding. Natural forces are far from predictability. Chaos in these images is represented by heavy waves, juxtaposition and blurred silhouettes.

 

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