Alison Knowles (born 1933 in New York, USA) is a key figure in the history of the American postwar avant-garde and an important member of the Fluxus movement. She is known both for her remarkable fusion of poetry, art and musical practices, as for a life rigorously dedicated to seeking a poetry of the everyday. Whether working with beans, shaving cream, paper, or other untraditional materials, Knowles has often experiment with forms… Read more
About the artwork
Men and Women Commonly Dress Alike is based on a poem conceived by Knowles and subsequently randomized by a computer. Asked to design Knowles' text, Tiravanija suggested both his characteristic typeface and that the poem be scrambled a second time according to the Fibonacci sequence. Resulting in a digitally printed scroll with bamboo rods and devised as a tribute to Eastern books, the scroll multiple is a trail-blazing example of a literary score generated by machine. In turn, the collaborative project is an example of the fractal-like logic of artistic collaboration and inspiration.