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are a generative art project inspired by the Book of Changes (I Ching | Yijing). They relate to the book’s 64 hexagrams, each with 64 possibilities of change, resulting in 4096 abstract colour animations...
The algorithm driving the animations is a conscientious deduction from the Book of Changes' virtues, developed on processing, an advanced, Java-based programming environment for visual applications.
State of the art technology and 2500 years old cultural content are combined here...

The release of 64 x 64 NFTs
will be in the fourth quarter of 2022.


inspiration       The COLORFLOWS are a set of 64 x 64 abstract colour field animations, all driven by an algorithm that was developed to aesthetically relate to the cosmology of the Book of Changes as it is part of Taoist culture.
The Book of Changes (Yijing / I Ching) is one of the elementary sources of Taoism in the cultural history of China and originates around 1000 BC. It introduces two elementary, natural forces named Yin ( ⚋ ) and Yang ( – ), that stand against each other in a polar constellation and yet cohere in dynamic relation with each other. The interplay of Yin and Yang brings about the ever changing countless different processes and phaenomena of living nature, in macrocosm as well as in microcosm, including human - so that human is considered to be a part of nature. Each of the Book of Changes’ 64 hexagrams is a combination of six either solid ( – ) or broken ( ⚋ ) lines, representing Yin and Yang in a particular dynamic constellation, being about to change to another of the 64 constellations in the next moment.
Just like other sources of Taoism, such as the philosophical works Daodejing (Tao Te King) or the Zhuangzi, the Book of Changes supports the idea of nature as a dynamic, procedural reality. Inspired by this idea, each of the COLORFLOWS relates to one particular constellation of a starting hexagram and a following one, the earlier transforming into the latter...

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There are two references that link the COLORFLOWS to the Book of Changes: a structural one and one related to the Book of Changes’ virtues. Each of the book’s hexagrams has the tendency to change, as under given circumstances some or all of its six lines can change into their opposite line (– into ⚋ and vice versa), So that each hexagram in fact can transform into every other hexagram (or remain itself for one more moment). So, two hexagrams are involved in every COLORFLOW.
Each hexagram can be read either as two trigrams (e.g. the hexagram ䷾ (jì jì) as ☲ (lí) and ☵ (kǎn), above each other, starting from below), or as three bigrams (three times ⚍ (shǎo yáng) in the given example, again read from below). This opens up two different perspectives within a hexagram. Relating to that, the COLORFLOWS’ architecture contains eleven colour fields in total, organized in five layers. The first layer is the background layer, covering the entire canvas of the animation; its colour is defined by the two hexagrams involved in the animation. The next two colour fields in the second layer represent the first hexagram’s reading as two trigrams (one field for each trigram), three more colourfields in the third layer represent its three bigrams. For the second hexagram, layers four and five are added, again with two and three colour fields.
The colour fields all have parameters such as position, size, humidity, saturation, brightness, opacity, and last but not least the quality of neigbouring each other: two colour fields can either be separated by an interspace or connect directly, and if connecting directly, their seam can appear as a sharp line, or the fields blur into each other). Also, the dynamic of motion changes from constellation to constellation.

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algorithm       It is the algorithm then – around 1300 lines of code written in processing, a language deriving from Java – that dynamically alters the colour fields’ parameters, by developping values (numbers) from the Book of Changes’ virtues. Besides of the hexagrams being read as bigrams or trigrams, the trigrams again have different sets of meaning. One of them for instance is concerning family relations: ☷ (kūn) stands for mother, ☳ (zhèn) for the eldest son, ☵ (kǎn) for the middle son and ☶ (gèn) for the youngest; correspondingly there is ☱ (duì) for the youngest daughter, ☲ (lí) for the middle and ☴ (xùn) for the eldest one; ☰ (qián) in the end represents the father. Another readings e.g. is: ☷ | earth, ☳ | thunder, ☵ | water, ☶ | mountain, ☱ | lake, ☲ | fire, ☴ | wind, ☰ | heaven. Others relate to geographic directions, different materials, or states of action. Applying sensibility, these sets can be transferred into aesthetic principles and those can be mapped to alter the colour fields' parameters, and set the animation in motion. Just like in the case of the Book of Changes, also for the COLORFLOWS it is a rather simple architecture that results in high complexity, depicting a large number of different dynamic states of Yin and Yang.

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Looking Up Specific Colorflows

There are several different ways to choose a particular animation for preview:

A  Toss three coins six times. Every time, sum up 2 for each head and 3 for every tail (6-9 each,
     8 for an unchanging full line, 6 for a broken line changing into a full one, 7 for an unchanging
     broken line, and 9 for a full changing into a broken one).

B  Input two hexagram numbers (1-64 each). The fist number is for the starting hexagram,
     the second one is for the hexagram that the first one is changing into.  

C  Input a COLORFLOW number (1-4096)  

D   Select a Colorflow 

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Also in Western cultures such polar realities are well known, e.g the one of body and mind (a dualism that relates closely to Taoism when it comes to fields such as Taichi, Qigong, but also ink painting and calligraphy, which all count as Daoist practice. In the West however, it is not just since the beginning of modernization that a hierachy evolved among body and mind, preferring one and subordinating the other.
The perception of the Book of Changes in Europe traces back at least to the turn from the 17th to the 18th century. Leibnitz for instance knew about it and admired it for an early binary system, C.G. Jung praised it for its wisdom. Also Hermann Hesse was familiar with the work, and most likely it was him, who introduced it to the commune on Monte Verita near Ascona in Ticino, Switzerland. Only a few decades later in the U.S., John Cage appreciated the Book of Changes for its dynamic nature and used it for most of his compositions...

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Buy Colorflows

All animations of the COLORFLOWS collection, organized in 64 sets with 64 animations each, are unique artworks. Even though all generated by one and the same algorithm, the process of developing the algorithm involved quite a few artistic skills, finding meaningful logical expressions for the Book of Changes’ virtues, developing the animations' visual architecture and connecting both by considering solutions for aesthetic questions.

Every minted NFT will consist of the animation itself, in a high resolution image quality of 1500 x 1500 pixels, as well as a still image taken from the animation. The 4096 animations will come in eight drops of 512 NFTs, with one drop every week, starting in the fourth quarter of 2022.

64 animations in total will not be acquirable directly, as these are the highly rare ones in the collection: 1/1, 2/2, 3/3 up to 64/64 are the animations where the first hexagram does not transform. For every 512 NFTs sold, we will make a lottery and raffle the eight highly rare ones amongst the collectors.
For all those who love to present their collectibles on a wall, we will add a joker in every set of 64 NFTs: a museum quality fine art print of one moment in the animation, printed with archival ink on acid free fine art paper, sized 40x40 cm and mounted on Fibreboard, ready for wall-mounting.

The price for one COLORFLOW is not yet set.
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FAQ       Can I choose a particular animation? Yes you can, with only one constraint: the 64 animations with double numbers (1-1, 2-2, ... 64-64) as the rarest phenomena within the whole set of animations are excluded. For reasons that are probabily all to easy to understand. And if you have trouble making a choice, you can still choose to pull a random COLORFLOW.

When is the launch day? Starting in the fourth quarter of 2022, the COLORFLOWS will be published weekly in sets of 512 animations via per van der horst Gallery | artaddict69.

What is the price for minting? The price for one COLORFLOW is not yet set.

What will I find in the IPFS container? The IPFS container will include the specific COLORFLOW animation in webp animated image format in a size of 1500 x 1500 pixels, as well as a still image from the animation in a size of 4000 x 4000 pixels.

What is the limit per transaction? There is no limit.

How can I buy a COLORFLOW? TBA

Will the gallery reserve some of the COLORFLOWS that will not be included in the eight drops? Yes. From the 4096 NFTs in the collection, the gallery will reserve 256 pieces (6.25%) for sales in the gallery and on art fairs. They will be randomly pulled, highly rare ones excluded.

Will the COLORFLOWS collection be listed on the secondary market? Yes. Firstly we're aiming to get verified on jpg.store and expand for more market places.

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       About the creators...

Andreas Walther

Born 1971 in Giessen, Germany, Andreas Walther lives and works between Germany and Taiwan since 1998. That year he began his studies at Academy of Media Arts Cologne/Germany and, following a long term sympathy, started to head to East Asia, learning the Chinese language and getting familiar with, and inspired by the culture of Taiwan. Ever since, Andreas is focusing on artistic questions arising within the intercultural dialogue. Working in video and video installation fom the 1990s to the late 2000s, it is since 2010 that Andreas, inspired by the Taoist culture, mainly works with photography concerning a dynamic relation of body and mind, and with his artworks references Shanshui painting and calligraphy as well as ideas from the fields of media theory and philosophy of perception.
During the pandemic, Andreas turned towards Generative Artin 2021. Having gathered experience with programming already early in his late childhood, and at several later occasions later, it was a most interesting task to now relate this technique to ideas from the context of Taoism.
Andreas' works are exhibited in museums, galleries, and art spaces as well as represented in public and private collections in Europe and East Asia. For details, please refer to https://www.andreaswalther.de



Per van der Horst Gallery

Per van der Horst – to some better known as artaddict69 – is art affectionado, collector of antiques, design objects and contemporary art, as well as a gallerist, since almost 10 years living and operating in Taipei, Taiwan.
Originally from the Netherlands, Per started an art gallery in The Hague together with Jo-Ann Knop in 2009. After settling over to Taiwan, it was in 2014 that Per opened a branch gallery in Taipei, which meanwhile has become the only physical representation of per van der horst Gallery (cp. www.pervanderhorst.com). The gallery frequently participates in art fairs around the world - KunstRAI / Art Amsterdam, PAN Amsterdam, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Photo Basel, just to name a few.
In 2021, Per started to operate under the pseudonym artaddict69, and began to approach the phenomenon of NFTs, and already in autumn 2021 artaddict69 published a first NFT series together with Eindthoven based artist Bas Meeuws. They received a remarkable success from scrach with their series ‚Bas Meeuws X unsig1102’ – selling out within one week after the start of minting.

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