David Engstrøm

Co-founder of The Metastabilian Movement. Artist ~ Scientist, Musician, Writer and Metastabilian Muse. Ph.D. Neuropharmacology, UCHSC, Denver. Since 1991 Engstrøm has worked with eminent neuroscientist J. A. Scott Kelso to develop a conceptual link between Coordination Dynamics and Complementary Pairs. Kelso and Engstrøm co-wrote the book on the subject, The Complementary Nature (MIT Press, 2006). It presents a novel philosophy of complementary pairs grounded in the science of coordination called Coordination Dynamics. It also introduces a new name and meaning for the '~' text symbol, the squiggle sign, which symbolizes the complementary nature of given pairs of complementary aspects; it also introduces the The Squiggle Sense to mean a psychological sixth sense of The Complementary Nature.

THE METASTABILIAN MOVEMENT

What would you do if you learned new information about the human brain~mind, relevant and useful to everyone, (and so to you), in all fields and levels of human interest and endeavor, that led you to a vast new frontier for creativity and inspiration? Click TMM Sphere above to find out more...

Dražen Pavlović

Co-founder of The Metastabilian Movement. Master Artist~Painter. Owner~operator of Atelier Pavlovich, Varazdin, Croatia. Chairmen of the managing board of the LUV Art Association of Varaždin, and guide of the LUV Gallery. Member of HDLU Croatian Association of Artists, Zagreb, 1995-present. Founder of the famous painting colony Julijana E Draskowich (1989–1999), Trakošćan Croatia. Artistic Trajectory: 33 professional and critically acclaimed solo exhibitions; 150 appearances in local and international group exhibitions (Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Macedonia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, USA). Pavlović has also taken part an organized a number of art based humanitarian actions, and numerous performance art installations.

The Squiggle Sense

Sixth Sense of The Complementary Nature, the sentient faculty that Metastabiliansseek to awaken, explore, inspire and engage in their creative pursuits.

Complementary Pairs (Squiggles)

Pairs of complementary aspects, written in the syntax developed by Kelso and Engstrøm "ca1~ca2" where ca stands for complementary aspect, and the squiggle sign (~) symbolizes their complementary aspects, and indicates that coordination dynamics is relevant to descriptions of this complementarity. Also called "squiggles", as the complementary aspects are thought to be idealized extrema of phenomena which include them and all that lies between and around them.

The Squiggle Sign

Symbolizes the complementary nature of complementary aspects as well as indicating that coordination dynamics is relevant to descriptions of this complementarity.

Coordination Dyanamics

The newer science of coordination, named, pioneered and developed by J. A. Scott Kelso at the Center for Complex Systems an Brain Sciences, Boca Raton Florida. Coordination dynamics—a mathematically expressed and experimentally tested theory that reconciles the scientific language of "states" with the novel dynamical language of "tendencies"—attests to the complementary nature inherent in human brains and behavior. It may explain, why we (and nature) appear to partition things, events, and ideas into pairs.

J. A. Scott Kelso

Glenwood and Martha Creech Chair in Science. Professor of Complex Systems and Brain Sciences Professor of Psychology, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Science. Team Leader of the Human Brain and Behavior Laboratory. Research interests: The problem of coordination in living things; connecting levels of brain and behavior through theory and experiment; principles and mechanisms of coordination dynamics (e.g. in sensorimotor integration, learning, perception, language, and development) using brain imaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI) and behavioral measures. Co-author along with David Engstrøm of The Complementary Nature (MIT Press 2006). Founder and Pioneer of Coordination Dynamics.

The Complementary Nature

Why do we divide our world into contraries? Why do we perceive and interpret so many of life's contraries as mutually exclusive, either/or dichotomies such as individual~collective, body~mind, nature~nurture, cooperation~competition? Throughout history, many have recognized that truth may well lie in between such polar opposites. J. A. Scott Kelso and David Engstrøm contend that ubiquitous contraries are complementary and propose a comprehensive, empirically based scientific theory of how the polarized world and the world in between can be reconciled. They nominate the squiggle sign (~), as the symbolic punctuation for reconciled complementary pairs. Experiments show that the human brain is capable of displaying two apparently contradictory, mutually exclusive behaviors at the same time. Kelso and Engstrøm's thesis is not just metaphorical; the reconciliations they describe are grounded in the principles and mathematical language of the theory of coordination dynamics. The Complementary Nature provides a clear-cut methodology for this evolving theory of brain~behavior that can also be applied to areas and developments outside the neurosciences, hence aiding reconciliations within and between disparate fields.

Welcome to Metastabilion...

David Engstrøm

actual~virtual

Only actual, only virtual, either actual or virtual, both actual and virtual, actual changing to virtual, virtual changing to actual, between actual and virtual, neither actual nor virtual, beyond actual and virtual…

Drazen Pavlovic

pulse~flow

pulse~flow: pulse itself,

David Engstrøm

surfers~surfing

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David Engstrøm

chicken~egg

Only chicken, only egg, either chicken or egg, both chicken and egg, chicken changing to egg, egg changing to chicken, between chicken and egg, neither chicken nor egg, beyond chicken and egg…

David Engstrøm

aggregation~dispersion

Only aggregation, only dispersion, either aggregation or dispersion, both aggregation and dispersion, aggregation changing to dispersion, dispersion changing to aggregation, between aggregation and dispersion, neither aggregation nor dispersion, beyond aggregation and dispersion…

Drazen Pavlovic

sensation~perception

SPHERE SP (sensation~perception), oil on canvas, 75×100 cm, 2015 by Drazen Pavlovic. ID Certificate No.52662. For sale. [the_grid name=”TMM PAVLOVIC”]

particle~wave

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Drazen Pavlovic

chemical~electrical

artist: Drazen Pavlovic
title: Sphere MQ2 (chemical~electrical)
medium: oil on wood
size: 68×103 cm
year: 2010

Drazen Pavlovic

gravity~mass

SPHERE Q02XY gravity~mass oil on wooden panel 95x75cm-MMXII [the_grid name=”TMM PAVLOVIC”]

Drazen Pavlovic

inward~outward

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Drazen Pavlovic

macrocosm~microcosm

Title: SPHERE-ß (macrocosm~microcosm), oil on canvas, 90x72cm by Drazen Pavlovic.

Drazen Pavlovic

unity~divisiveness

SPHERE violet dream unity~divisiveness, oil on canvas, 95x95cm, 2000 [the_grid name=”TMM PAVLOVIC”]

Drazen Pavlovic

central~peripheral

SPHERE mystera3 (central~peripheral), oil on canvas, 100x70cm, 2010 by Drazen Pavlovic. [the_grid name=”TMM PAVLOVIC”]

Drazen Pavlovic

absorption~reflection

Full title: 0025 SPHERE core (absorption-reflection), oil on canvas 90x100cm, 2012 by Drazen Pavlovic.[the_grid name=”TMM PAVLOVIC”]

Drazen Pavlovic

dynamic~static

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Drazen Pavlovic

light~vision

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Drazen Pavlovic

sun~moon

Only sun, only moon, either sun or moon, both sun and moon, sun changng to moon, moon changing to sun, between sun and moon, neither sun nor moon, beyond sun and moon…

Drazen Pavlovic

genotype~phenotype

Only genotype, only phenotype, either genotype or phenotype, both genotype and phenotype, genotype changing to phenotype, phenotype changing to genotype, between genotype and phenotype, neither genotype nor phenotype, beyond genotype and phenotype…

Drazen Pavlovic

host~virus

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Drazen Pavlovic

synapse~neuron

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Drazen Pavlovic

position~momentum

Only position, only momentum, either position or momentum, both position and momentum, position changing to momentum, momentum changing to position, between position and momentum, neither position nor momentum, beyond position and momentum…

Drazen Pavlovic

time~space

time itself, space itself, either time or space, both time and space, time changing to space, space changing to time, between time and space, neither time nor space, beyond time and space…

technology~science

technology itself, science itself, either technology or science, both technology and science, technology changing to science, science changing to technology, between technology and science, neither

Drazen Pavlovic

mechanism~vitalism

mechanism itself, vitalism itself, either mechanism or vitalism, both mechanism and vitalism, mechanism changing to vitalism, vitalism changing to mechanism, between mechanism and vitalism, neither

Drazen Pavlovic

mechanism~phenomenon

mechanism itself, phenomenon itself, either mechanism or phenomenon, both mechanism and phenomeon, mechanism changing to phenomenon, phenomenon changing to mechanism, between mechanism and phenomenon, neither mechanism nor

David Engstrøm

order~chaos

order itself, chaos itself, either order or chaos, both order and chaos, order changing to chaos, chaos changing to order, between order and chaos, beyond

Drazen Pavlovic

organic~inorganic

organic itself, inorganic itself, either organic or inorganic, both organic and inorganic, organic changing to inorganic, inorganic changing to organic, between organic and inorganic, neither