5000 Moving Parts @ MIT

In MIT's curation of  5000 Moving Parts, Laura Knott asks questions on why kinetic art is not as well represented as it could be in art history. Kinetic art has a relationship with computing. Artworks that are driven by complex chains of power transmission through levers, gears, and cams are isomorphic to data flow graphs found in computer science. Can kinetic art be viewed not only on its own aesthetic merits, but also as means toward understanding data flow?  Here is a piece from Arthur Ganson's web site called "The Dream":



Here is another exhibit by John Douglas Powers with accompanying video. A simulation of waves of grain?