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All the Numbers End in Numbers. On a Work by Alighiero Boetti

  • Andrea Valle


Alighiero Boetti is one of the most representative contemporary Italian artist and his opus is raising a constantly growing international interest. Many of his works can be realized on very different supports and make use of algorithmic procedures. This contribution analyzes a minimal work, consisting only of the linguistic description of a process, with the aim of demonstrating that, in spite of its simplicity, it shows various relevant features of Boetti’s aesthetics.


Iterate Function System Algorithmic Procedure Linguistic Description Loop Vertex Composition Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Valle
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  1. 1.CIRMAUniversity of TorinoItaly

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