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Niklas Söder — The purpose of a system is what it does

Media Minimalism — Winter 2019

The purpose of a system is what it does

Systems are distinct from their environment. They follow individual ideas and can not operate outside their own boundaries. How do these autonomous entities exchange information between each other?
Their boundary contains ports that allow information to flow across. Systems can stimulate each others ports and thus trigger processes within one another.

„The purpose of a system is what it does“ reflects the emerging dynamics of information exchange between autonomous systems as a kinetic light installation.

The installation consists of seven autonomous systems. Whenever the sensory ports of two of these systems sense each other, information (light) is exchanged and the behavior (speed) of the system changes in a range of random values. Through this process, an ever changing choreography of light and movement can be observed.