Die Unumkehrbare Maschine

Die unumkehrbare Maschine is an installation which deals with an encoding and decoding process that has reversible nature in a digital axiomatic system, but looses this ability in a physical world.

Die Unumkehrbare Maschine

Die unumkehrbare Maschine is an installation which deals with an encoding and decoding process that has reversible nature in a digital axiomatic system, but looses this ability in a physical world.

A digital created pattern that consists of 0 and 1 (false or true) is getting printed trough a reversible marker color on a moving 16mm blanco film. Physically, the film is transferring the information across the space. At a second point, a photoresistor reads the pattern, digital converts it and eventually decodes it. Still, the string moves along until it finally reaches the the third entity, where the encoding is wiped. The process repeats.

"Death, an inevitable and irreversible event, reveals the inexorable movement of time from the past to the
future. The observation of the gradual deterioration of all things, the tendency for order to lapse into disorder illustrates what physicists call "time's arrow"— the irreversibility of time. We can certainly determine whether a movie of our macroscopic world is shown backwards.
Yet, if we were able to see a movie of the interactions of atoms and molecules, we would not be able to tell whether it is shown backwards because the fundamental laws of motion for microscopic particles are indifferent to the direction of time; from a microscopic viewpoint, death appears to be an illusion. How is it possible then, that from the microworld of reversible time emerges the observed macroworld of irreversible time?"
Is the irreversibility we see a fundamental property of nature? Order Out of Chaos (Heinz R. Pagels)

Contrary, the digital axiomatic system in comparison to the macroworld behaves in an antithesis. A digital environment that is in itself perfectly reversible consists on an irreversible layer. In applied terminology, to create such setting, digital computing processes for example rely on attritions, material deconstructions and other outside influences that are coming from a so-called macroworld.

Die unumkehrbare maschine not just points out that there is no perfect adaption from digital construction into the physical or macro world, but also illustrates the this relation in counteraction to the relation between micro and macro world.

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