Order from Noise (homage to Heinz von Foerster) (2016-2019)

A performance project for autonomous complex adaptive system and limited human intervention


This performance is inspired by von Foerster’s principle of Order from Noise. This work is my first investigation of principles of evolvability and meta-adaptation for music systems and it implements a network of adaptive mechanisms with morphing positive-to-negative-to-positive feedback relationships. The performance consists of initialising the system with one millisecond of background noise and subsequently leave it to evolve unattended for about three-to-ten minutes. The process is repeated a number of times, decided by the performer, to show the divergence from an origin and the high sensitivity to initial conditions.