Complex Mechanics

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‘The technology pictures were born from the desire to unveil places in which things of enormous influence on us are being developed while we never physically reach these places. We get in a car, we open the refrigerator’s without ever being aware of the origin of the materials processed in these objects, of the enormous amount of steel for instance that must be produced at facilities like ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg-Bruckhausen.’
– Thomas Struth: Composing Pictures

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‘The new city became both micro and macrocosm: imploded yet still monumental, insistent upon its status as total ‘space’…. Nothing ordered this littered and cluttered morass of high and low technologies, this city without top, without bottom, without limits. The only constant was the view that revealed everything in a single glance; a view both panaromic and kaleidoscopic.’
– Scott Bukatman: Blade Runner – BFI Film Classics

 

‘… some precepts of chaos theory … holds that chaotic systems are not random but complex, non-linear systems produced through massively repeated, simple operations. New dimensions lie between the dimensions of traditional mathematics: fractal dimensions. The natural order is distinguished by intricate and infinite fragmentation and by similarities across different scales – fractal forms …. patterns reveal complexity at any magnification, so ‘a fractal is a way of seeing infinity’.’
– Scott Bukatman: Blade Runner – BFI Film Classics

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‘By far the most complex entity known to humanity is the human brain itself. The human brain contains approximately ten billion nerve cells – called neurons – and each neuron is connected to very many other neurons. To get an idea of this amount, we quote the following figures: There are twice as many neurons in each human brain than there are humans on this planet. Every day, in each human brain, 10,000 neurons die and are not replaced – a total of 300 million in a lifetime of 90 years – but this is only three percent of the total amount of neurons in the brain.’
– Complexity and Entropy – Human Creativity vs. the Heat Death of the Universe

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About barryfalk

I am a self-taught photographer based in West Sussex. I photograph ‘Incidental Spaces’, places tucked away and neglected: edges of car parks, junk-filled garages, loading bays, abandoned spaces, vacant rooms, ransacked offices. These are the overlooked details of a city: architectural features which appear to serve no function. My images seek to capture an aspect of the city which is not willingly acknowledged. These places can be read as metaphors for loss and as such are suffused with a disturbed sense of self, what Freud referred to as the unheimliche: the familiar which has become alienated through the process of repression. However, when re-seen, photographed from a particular angle, in a certain light, these incidental spaces turn out to be resonant with association.
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