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.


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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.

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Drazen Pavlovic


perception itself, action itself, either perception or action, both perception and action, perception changing to action, action changing to perception, between perception and action, neither

Drazen Pavlovic


Only life, only death, either life or death, both life and death, life changing to death, death changing to life, between life and death, neither life nor death, beyond life and death…

Drazen Pavlovic


physical itself, mental itself, either physical or mental, both physical and mental, physical changing to mental, mental changing to physical, between physical and mental, neither physical nor mental, beyond physical and mental…

David Engstrøm


the squiggle sense itself, the complementary nature itself, either the squiggle sense or the complementary nature, both the squiggle sense and the complementary nature, the

David Engstrøm


symbol itself, dynamics itself, either symbol or dynamics, both symbol and dynamics, symbol changing to dynamics, dynamics changing to symbol, between symbol and dynamics, neither

David Engstrøm


eternity itself, moment itself, either eternity or moment, both eternity and moment, eternity changing to moment, moment changing to eternity, between eternity and moment, neither eternity nor moment, beyond eternity and moment…

David Engstrøm


yin itself, yang itself, either yin or yang, both yin and yang, yin changing to yang, yang changing to yin between yin and yang, neither

Drazen Pavlovic


receptor itself, transmitter itself, either receptor or transmitter, both receptor and transmitter, receptor changing to transmitter, transmitter changing to receptor, between transmitter and receptor, neither transmitter nor receptor, beyond transmitter and receptor…

Drazen Pavlovic


Only power, only stamina, either power or stamina, both power and stamina, power changing to stamina, stamina changing to power, between power and stamina, neither power nor stamina, beyond power and stamina…

Drazen Pavlovic


SPHERE Qf67 inside~outside, oil on canvas, 70x60cm, MMXI by Drazen Pavlovic. inside itself, outside itself, either inside or outside, both inside and outside, inside changing to outside, outside changing

Drazen Pavlovic


Only aesthetics, only meaning, either aesthetics or meaning, both aesthetics and meaning, aesthetics changing to meaning, meaning changing to aesthetics, between aesthetics and meaning, neither