Callum Nash


Copyright 2016

Initial Dependence

2014, fine art

Sketch. Biro on paper.

I’ve uploaded this sketch because it’s really a proof of concept for myself and I thought you might find it interesting. As James Gleick puts it in his book ‘Chaos Theory’, If you should try to predict where one particle at the top of a waterfall will be when it arrives at the bottom, it will not be possible. ‘It would be as though God had shuffled the atoms on their way down.’  The theory of small initial dependence (sometimes called ‘the butterfly effect’) fascinates me, and even though it is a property of the mechanics of the universe and hence kind of meta, I like trying to express it through fluidic non-linear (in both having movement and not moving), three dimensional structures such as this.