A video essay which starts from a couple of intriguing scientific works in the domain of elementary particles (Heisenberg's principle of Uncertainty) and the theory of deterministic chaos (Lorenz's system), whose laws and vocabulary are directed to (pseudo) scientific reading of art and economics.
Video esej koji polazi od para intrigantnih naučnih radova u domenu elementarnih čestica (Hajzenbergov princip neodređenosti) i teorije determinističkog haosa (Lorencov sistem), čije se zakonitosti i vokabular usmjeravaju ka (pseudo)naučnom iščitavanju umjetnosti i ekonomije.
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Disturbance 1: Wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle of art and economy
Wave-particle duality is the concept in quantum mechanics, that every particle or quantic entity may be partly described in terms not only of particles but also of waves. It expresses the inability of the classical concepts "particle" or "wave", to fully describe the behavior of quantum-scale objects.
Particle (or corpuscule in older texts) is a small localized object to which can be ascribed several physical or chemical properties such as volume, density or mass. Electron is a particle. Electron itself does not "know" both, where it is and where it is going.
From the other side, can we say that artwork is a particle, and that artwork itself does not "know" both, where it is and where it is going?
Money is a particle, as well, and money itself does not "know" both, where it is and where it is going.
A wave is a disturbance that transfers energy through matter or space, with little or no associated mass transport. Waves consist of oscillations or vibrations of a physical medium or a field, around relatively fixed locations. Finance is a wave. Finance is a disturbance that transfers money. Art is a wave. Art is a disturbance that transfers artwork.
Art has properties of artwork and finance, at the same time. Finance has the properties of money art and, at the same time.
The more you know about where the artwork and money are, the less you know about what they are doing.
Two laws of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, never to forget:
1. You will be never able to predict, either their position or their momentum perfectly.
2. If the chances of predicting one goes up, then the chances of prediction the other one go down.
Disturbance 2: Strange attractor and an illusion of movements’ change
Dynamical systems theory in the 1970s and 1980s has been dominated by research on non-linear systems and so-called chaotic motion.
An attractor is a set of numerical values, toward which a system tends to evolve, for a wide variety of starting conditions of the system. If you are a position or a value on the attractor, your evolving unpredictability depends on initial data and properties of the very attractor.
An attractor is called strange if it has a fractal structure. It’s exhibiting sensitive dependence on initial conditions, and two arbitrarily close alternative initial points on the attractor, after any of various numbers of iterations, will lead to the points that are arbitrarily far apart, and vice versa.
The attractor can be an economic surface, on which financial system sail (in the deterministic sense), and wander (in the random sense).
The attractor can be an economic surface, on which art system sail (in the deterministic sense), and wander (in the random sense).
The attractor can be a cultural surface, on which art system sail (in the deterministic sense), and wander (in the random sense).
The attractor can be a cultural surface, on which financial system sail (in the deterministic sense), and wander (in the random sense).
Even seemingly chaotic, the evolution of systems of art and finance is determined by those who create an economic or cultural surface of the attractor.
Changes in movements within culture and economy are based on attractor’s inner randomness. In order to change the evolution of art and finances, we need to reset the initial parameters and reshape the attractor. There is no other way, but to:
1. Leave the established attractors of culture and economy.
2. Understand what it is and how it works, as much as uncertainty allows
3. Set the values and launch your own micro-attractor.