Putting the Pieces Back Together Again, sorting out complexity


Putting the Pieces Back Together Again is another spectacular complex system built by Ralf Baecker to let us meditate “on self-organisation and scientific methodology”. It consists of 1250 stepper motors arranged in a large square grid. Each motor has a pointer which can intersect with its neighbours, moving in random directions but with collision rules, which allow self-organisation, leading to the formation of spontaneous patterns. The system moves between two states, progressively evolving. The stupor generated by a self-organising system is in recognising a ‘live’ entity, but Baecker is a master in arranging autonomous complex systems so alive they breathe.


Ralf Baecker – Putting the Pieces Back Together Again