“Batlle Field (BATALHA)”
In a scientific experiment designed to study the behavior of populations under stress, fish are incrementally introduced in an aquarium. At first, each fish creates its own space. But, as the space available for each individual gets reduced, the fish become increasingly aggressive towards one other. However, there is a point at which the number of fish is so great that the notion of vital space vanishes and the fish settle down as if resigned to their condition. Metaphorically speaking, this experiment raises an interesting question, there is an obvious interpretation whereby in increased disorganization violence will ensue, but from a certain point on enters a phenomenon of auto-organization (restricted available space for each) that results in the lessening of tensions. (Now imagine this at the scale of human society).
“…processes of spatial distribution must take place, roughly comparable perhaps to what can be observed at the human level when a large crowd of people scrambles across an empty auditorium, train, or bathing beach to nd suitable locations.
Here the struggle for elbow room and breathing space results in an elementary order even under conditions approaching homogeneity of structure.”
They’re maybe an analogy between the organized behavior of fish and the idea of an irreversible system in physics.
In the world particles there are two types of systems, the reversible and the irreversible one.
The irreversibility of a system alludes to its inability of returning to a previous state; if one takes a compartment A field with particles and another compartment B made void, as particles start a free expansion from compartment A and begin to fill compartment B, they will not return back to the initial compartment without external intervention. While entropy is theoretically possible in reversible and irreversible systems, in practical terms entropy will only occur in irreversible systems. Entropy is also seen as a constantly expansive phenomenon. There are virtually no possibilities to diminish the entropy in a system without increasing the level of entropy of another related and adjacent system.
As a mater of fact, entropy, seen as the potential energy made unusable for any productive goal within a particular active phenomenon, grows in relation with the effort dispensed in its organization. In the case at hand, the fishes work as particles released in a space upon which they will act in self-management of the new delimited area. They will form a collective organizational behavior by which they will establish order. However, does this newly established system entail a diminished level of entropy?
This is especially complex because one can speak of macroscopic and microscopic levels of Entropy. In the case that I’m referring, we are referring to the microscopic dimension of particles, but if one thinks at the scale of the Universe this analysis will have necessarily other premises.
Nonetheless, the intention behind my work is to pursue this investigation to a metaphor beyond the realm scientific truth, not that it’s not at the bases of my studies, but I pretend to observe certain forms of human behavior (circulation; ex: the theory of traffic flow) and the technological functioning of the machine (energy and effort). At this point in my work, I’m not presenting a representation of the behavior in fishes or in humans, but the illustration of a system in self-management and organization.
An electrical power-station receiving energy from a wind park. The wind turbines transform wind power, a form of energy which potential is usually not harnessed for work purposes, into electricity.