Below are thumbnails with links to 11 different posters for Knotty Patterns.
You are encouraged to print-out
some of these posters
Why might you want to do that? Well, check out the posters and ask yourself, "Would I enjoy coming across one of these posters on a bulletin board?" If you answer "yes" then you might want to help spread this confusing form of amusement.
Seeing something that's almost a band poster will cause the viewer to do a kind of mental double-take art showing up in unexpected places.
Surprise! What is it? I have no idea. It must be art.
Perhaps if enough posters are put up, a band or bands calling themselves Knotty Patterns will form. The posters and this site then serving as an incantation that summons up a band.
If you are a musician who would like to perform under the name Knotty Patterns, I would encourage you to perform suddenly and unexpectedly and in a way that exemplifies the idea of Knotty Patterns. If you do perform as Knotty Patterns, please let me know.
Each of the posters is based on a combination of three sets of found patterns: Egyptian hieroglyphics from 3,500 years ago, an electronic circuit diagram from the 1960s, and cellular-automata-like fax errors from 2003. Each by itself a knotty pattern.
The first two patterns can
be pretty well understood.
I had received complaints at work that some of my faxes were coming in garbled. One day, I sent a fax directly from my computer to my fax forwarding service. This service, eFax, receives the fax, encodes it and sends the fax image to me as email. Somewhere along the line from Word, through Bitware and an external fax/modem, over the phone to eFax, and back to me as an email attachment these faxes would always be corrupted on pages with a graphic running head. Sending the same document through this informational gauntlet would generate a different set of patterns each time.
The patterns on these corrupt fax pages look very much like they might originate in cellular automata (CA).
Cellular automata are patterns generated by stepping through some fairly simple rules. For most cellular automata simple rules generate patterns that are really simple and repetitious, but occasionally the patterns don't repeat, or don't repeat much, and grow into something complex and knotty.
Once you've seen a bunch of different CA patterns, you can, more or less, get a feel for what a CA pattern looks like. You start seeing them all over the place: trees, rocks, clouds, animal skins, the background of this page . . . this stuff is everywhere.
The mystery is how these patterns arose from the intersection of different graphic handling programs, file formats and modalities.
Well, that's not really an "Oooooo mystery". More of a "What the faaaa?" mystery.
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