fold/unfold – Material as Interface

A THEORY OF CHAOS – strange attractors

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order. – Carl Jung 

Chaos theory is focused on the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions. Within the apparent randomness of chaotic systems, there are underlying patterns, repetition and self-organization. Although chaos has no randomness, it can still be unpredictable in different ways. 

Folding, by some considered as one of the most common and underrated design techniques, has no potential for randomness either. However concerning predictability, it can be seen as the opposite.

Is it possible to show the characteristics of chaos and its unpredictability through folding? If so, how would a combination of those two be visualized? The following three machines can be seen as an attempted answer and a symbolization of the instability (MACHINE 1), the unpredictability (MACHINE 2) and the non- linearity (MACHINE 3) of chaotic systems.