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One of a Billion Weeks

 Abendroth, Jerome Decock, Els Vermang

Measures: variable

Technique: computer generated prints, 28 black A1 frames, 7 A4 books, light object, generative software



One of a Billion Days visualizes possible combinations of an alphanumeric display consisting of 10 characters. Each character is based on 16 segments and two points and as such has 2e18 (or 262 144) unique combinations possible. A 10 character display has 2e180 (or 1532495540865888858358347027150309183618739122183602176) unique combinations possible. If every minute a unique combination is displayed than 10 080 combinations can be shown during one week of seven days. The artwork shows these combinations on print and book. Each book visualises 1440 possible unique combinations possible to be generated every single minute of one entire day. The artwork demonstrates how a simple construct, the combination of 18 elements, can create closely infinite variations and puts it in relation to time and information.

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