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Order+Noise (Interface I) – Negotiating the boundary of randomness

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Created by Ralf Baecker and opening this week at the NOME gallery in Berlin, Order+Noise (Interface I) investigates the boundary and space created by two interacting systems that are set in motion by the random signals of Geiger-Müller tubes.

The two generated ‘landscapes’ face each other vertically (one on the top, one on the bottom). Each motor of one level (top, bottom) is connected to its opponent with a string, meeting in the center. Both motors pull their string in the opposite direction (like in a tug of war). At the junction of the strings, a mesh of elastic bands connects the string to its neighbours. The mesh couples each element to its surrounding elements in order to achieve a local emergent behaviour. In order to excite (stimulate) the system’s behaviour, each motor receives random impulse inputs with differing pulling strength. Random signals are taken from a number of geiger mueller tubes used as an entropy source which pick up the natural ambient radiation of the earth.

Interface investigates complex interactions of entities in some kind of encapsulated space. Complex and emergent behaviour appears at different scales and in different realms, ranging from biology, social science, computer science, anthropology to economics and politics. By taking away any references to something in the world, Interface allows manifold interpretations. The installation takes a closer look at the construction of digital images. Here the focus is on the relation of the almost infinite fast signals/switching operations in the materials of the machine and the stable/static/ordered appearing images on the outside. Interface removes the distinction between process and display (output) by making the display (the mesh or rubber bands) to the crucial part that defines the outcome of the process (behaviour).

Ralf’s work focuses on the fundamental construction and aesthetics of digital media, information technology and technical images, and not on the symptoms of these systems that become visible when they interact with society or organisations. By isolating these abstract mechanisms and systems and condensing them to a human scale, his installations allow the viewer to observe this action as an experience rather than analysis of the condition.

The installation is comprised of Aluminium frame, Plexiglas, DC-Motors (192 pcs), Dyneema strings, elastic wire, custom electronics and Geiger-Müller tubes.

23 April – 18 June 2016 / Tuesday – Saturday, 3 PM – 7 PM
NOME Gallery / Dolziger St. 31, Berlin 10247

Project Page | NOME

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