the music of permutations
Original Permutationen by Almir Mavignier from 1960 (3x16 works silk screen prints on paper)
About the project
Permutations is a graphic project of Almir Mavignier in 1960, which was an essential expression of his thinking and became important for his following work as a artist, painter and graphic designer.
For this project he created three designs and a set of parameters for how they should be printed in a silkscreen process. He chose 4 background colours and 4 foreground color combinations. The printed combination resulted in 3 series a 16 prints, all with combinations of colours that were new to the artist and in the same time liberated the art work from the subjectivity of the artist, which was the driving intention behind the project. He later realised many of the results as paintings following exactly the colour combinations. More info here.
What is interesting today is that most konkrete art paintings of Mavignier contain and represent what we today call algorithms which can be described mathematically and which can be translated into a different and new context.
Interaction between painting and music
I am interested in the interaction between music and art. Besides my own paintings I create new encounters between Almir Mavignier's works and the creation of musical compositions. I have to mention that although Almir always listened to music, his art never was intended for additional music. But from working on the helix project and the meeting between mavignier and the composer, I can also say that my father was not opposed to the idea of involving music.
For the Permutations I collaborated with the jazz drummer Janosch Pangritz and gave him a few starting parameters or Algorithms from which the music had to be created.
CONCEPTION OF PERMUTATION II
composition parameters, algorithms and process
The music of permutations project does not have a composer. But we have made decisions a composer would do. The main approach was to treat the permutation graphic as if it was a notation system for music which we then transferred into a score system the jazz musician could use: