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Management of Complexity

Vizualization of "Management of Complexity":

 

We call a technical system complex (in contrast to complicated) if it is impossible (due to the networked interaction of its components) to predict the behavior of the whole system, even if you know exactly how each of the system components behave.

 

The sculpture visualizes a complex system which consists of a network of simple

components. The sculpture is designed in a way that there exists no single angle of view which would allow you to see all components - some are always hidden by others.

 

This brings to my mind a visit of the famous Chinese gardens in Suzhou, where my colleague Tang Bao explained to me that these gardens are designed in a way that the garden always looks perfectly composed from all the infinitely many angles of view along the path leading through it.

 

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Taken on October 6, 2007