281474976710656: The catalogue of forms iterated over time, 2012

The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.

––– Italo Calvino. Invisible Cities.


281474976710656: The catalogue of forms iterated over time is a large time-­based sculpture adopting the visual language of digital clocks and the principles of Victorian era ornamentation. Comprising of 48 red light-segments arranged in an ornamental pattern. Each segment has the programmatic potential to be either ‘on’ or ‘off’. Controlled by a custom computer program, the work systematically shifts through every possible combination of light patterns. The system has a total of 281,474,976,710,656 unique combinations/patterns. This is a number that is almost unpronounceable. Moving systematically through every possible combination at one second per state the system will continue to run for approximately 9,151,158 years before repeating.


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