Nina Rodin>2016> Permutations






date > March 2016
media > kilos of wool
size > 2 x 2 m
status > just about holding together

> This project started with a trip to Norway the previous summer where I discovered the work of the male duo of knitwear designers, Arne & Carlos. I have knitted and cross-stitched since I was a child but always on slightly maverick projects. Their humour and crazy colours was infectious and inspired me to take up crochet. But I had to make it more interesting for myself by taking a systematic approach to the colours. So each colour occurs only once in each position and never next to the same colour twice. I constructed a paper spreadsheet to keep track of these permutations.

> I like the idea of infusing a homely organic format with a more mathematical approach. The process, like some of my previous works (involving labels or origami, see related works below) involved a meditation on the complex multitudes of possible states the brain can be in and consequently the unending permutations of creativity our brains are capable of.

> But their book was in Norwegian so I got some help from Youtube. And grossly miscalculated the amount of wool I would need. Colours ran out before I coul complete the blanket. Even in this incomplete format, the blanket is incredibly heavy and has a tendency to fall apart under its own weight. And the dog chewed up the spreadsheet in a final act of defeat.

> At one point I started embroidering the following text around its edge. ‘What is possible? At any moment in time the constraints and freedoms that determine possibility seem unending. The states each brain can be in are more numerous than the elementary particles in the universe. And so we simplify. Time passes. Nothing is stable. Free will is an illusion. But every difference is equally beautiful, the multitude is breath taking.The world ravels and unravels but always unravels a little more.’


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> Alternative installation shot which I find too homey but which shows more of the blanket.


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