In the making of my!machine I feel like I am doing what I am doing no more no less
when I look at my!machine.. I see the regular wheel turn.. I see the stochastic noise.. arms flailing.. it generates.. and I look at myself.. arm flailing.. trying to describe my!machine.. am I really controlling that flail.. or is it going to flail.. whether I like it or not.. that is what my machine and my!machine just do..
I started off thinking
And maybe still do.. that this machine has no function..
Above is a pictorial snapshot of some of what Schrodinger’s bird was… this collaboration with CQC2T which culminated in an exhibition in June 2016 at the Bondi Pavillion Gallery… it was a great success sales wise.. but more importantly in how it engaged the public with science, and celebrated the work done by this illustrious group. The story was unique and engaging and as a result garnered quite a lot of coverage – a highlight : getting the the Schrodinger’s Bird video animation played online on the ABC science website where it was viewed nearly 80 000 times. In addition to the exhibition two events were held. One was what we called the Physics Night (nothing like a good geeky title!!) where phsyicists, Matt Broome and his colleagues talked physics to a very engaged audience, while I painted in the background on top of the Schrodinger’s Bird animation. I also held an afternoon session where scientist, Professor Sven Rogge, spoke to an audience of 60 to 80 people, about the beauty of quantum physics, while myself and Professor Beric Henderson, a cytologist who had a very successful research career in cell Biology, but like me has also turned to art full time, spoke about the science of art.
Subsequent to this exhibiton, I am still in close contact with several members of CQC2T, where we meet regularly to discuss this interesting connection between art and science and continue to discover that we are not that different – just both fascinated by discovering how the world is and works.
While trying to get to the root of what I am interested in.. I thought what it must be is change…. Change is at the heart of all phenomena… whether it is the slow steady time scale of geology and evolution. Or whether it is the rapid time scale of these words darting across the face of my computer.. all of this inexorably changes the world we live in.. even the passage of time… time is only the change of an aspect of an event… if nothing changes relative to something else there is no time… My first love… how forms have evolved over the course of evolution is the change that I am fascinated by… what lies beneath these changes…? Are there underlying formulae or processes… which are encoded in the universal architecture that bring about inevitable forms… what lies at the heart of Change? and can I build this process in my lab studio…?