Posted by: glue | August 21, 2008

Strangescape

My iconic landscape expresses my state of mind as a dynamical system. a purpose of the experiment (with my capacity to be affected) is to notice and enhance, bring into awareness, my experience of orientation, directedness, the intentionality, of the pull or flow of experience within which I exist: my situation.

Seduction

Seduction

J. Richard Eiser, Attitudes, Chaos, and the Connectionist Mind.

“If we produce a phase-space map [of energy] we have a contoured landscape in which unequal conditional probabilities are represented by wells or valleys in different regions, with differences in potential energy being shown as valleys and ridges of different depth and height. The phase space will include multiple attractors.” (Fractal Landscape Generator).

Many paths into the Sinkhole

Many paths into the Sinkhole

“What kinds of maps best describe human thought? When represented as an energy landscape in phase space, the dimensionality of thought is fractal. Thought is not a point on a straight-line continuum , on a flat surface, or within a cube or even a multidimensional hypercube. It falls within a space in which we can discover infinite complexity if we make finer and finer distinctions. To use the analogy of [a sinkhole pond], it is as though the [surface lacked all bouyancy, with no possibility of remaining afloat]. If we want to draw a landscape which allows people, albeit with effort, [to swim, or even to exit the pond] — that is, remove themselves from an attractor –we need something more.”

Here is a further meaning of “well-being”: the wells or basins of attraction producing the currents and vortices of my world.

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  1. […] of remaining afloat]. If we want to draw a landscape which allows people, albeit with effort, [to swim, or even to exit the pond] — that is, remove themselves from an attractor –we need something […]

  2. And the point of doing this is? Perhaps offering some way towards resolution might be more useful to a viewer of these works? JanW.


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