07 December 2011

4Monkeys by Ali Hossaini

4Monkeys was created in 2008 by philosopher Ali Hossaini, in collaboration with Yuri Stefanishin who made the software design part and composer Patrick Oropeza.

"The installation realizes Jorge Luis Borges' utopian concept of the universal library, as it will eventually express every piece of knowledge, every work of literature and every mundane conversation - past, present and future - that can be imagined.

4Monkeys explores the intersection of art and philosophy, and it encourages direct participation. Visitors can enter strings of characters into the artwork, which generates new animations based on their input. The characters can be from any language that has a computer font. Letters swirl into complex patterns under the guidance of a mysterious logic." See more;

"The essence of this artwork is an enormous number of words - with 2 to the power of 26 possible combinations it will run until the end of time before repeating itself. It includes a sound environment built from coded spy messages found on short wave radio.
By guiding our awareness to the essential form of language, 4Monkeys creates an environment where all meaning is suspended yet every meaning is possible. It gives pure expression to the web of thought where the potential and the actual merge into a single stream of experience." 

The following images are sketches of the installation format of. Click them to see the animations exported as a huge GIFs.

Blue room - (See animated GIF)

Yellow room - (See animated GIF)

White room - (See animated GIF)

Red room - (See animated GIF)

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