I ching chance compositions

Author: Ricardas Blazukas

Location: London, UK

Year: 2014


‘I Ching’ also known as the ‘Book of Changes’ is an ancient book of chance - the oldest of the Chinese classics, which provides 64 answers/hexagrams to any given question. Inspired by John Cage and his use of ‘I Ching’ in the ‘Music of Changes’, Ricardas created four composition charts consisting of 64 geometrical shapes, quantities, scale types and colours. Each of 64 I Ching hexagrams was assigned to the composition charts. Using ‘I Ching’ as an oracle Ricardas asked questions:


How many shapes to use in the composition?

What is each shape?

What is the colour of each shape?
What is the scale of each shape?


This process of uncontrollable selection enabled Ricardas to create a series of chance compositions, which were then reproduced into a series of large and small-scale paintings.

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