All The Possible Combinations of Twelve Lights Lighting (One at a Time)
Berlin, Germany: Self-published/Meyer Riegger Karlsruhe, 2014
[unpaginated], 21 x 15 x .5 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown
Launched in July of last year, Jonathan Monk's latest artist book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Jonathan Monk: More Than Four Hundred Million Ways", at Meyer Riegger Karlsruhe.
In the exhibition a Vespa PK scooter (which the book notes means "wasp" in Italian) was parked in the gallery, with it's lights flashing. The headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals and speedometer lights flashed on and off in a seemingly random order.
The sequence was in fact a carefully arranged permutation, with (according to the Factorial 12 or !12) 479,001,600 possible combinations, enough to last over fifteen years.
The bookwork consists of about two-hundred black and white images of the scooter with a small white square in the top left-hand corner. These images are separated by twelve colour photographs of the various lights on the scooter. A coloured sticker sheet is tipped in so that the reader may "create your own unique combination of lights (one at a time within the white square)".