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by Annette Finnsdottir last modified Mar 26, 2011 12:56 PM
Morgan Wong Wing-Fat's artwork performs an action, which seems to be predictable - and yet not.

By creating the action of realising all the possible sets in a permutation, the artist performs an action which seems to be predictable and yet has its own unpredictability.

‘’In mathematics, the notion of permutation is used with several slightly different meanings, all related to the act of permuting (rearranging in an ordered fashion) objects or values. Informally, a permutation of a set of objects is an arrangement of those objects into a particular order. For example, there are six permutations of the set {1,2,3}, namely [1,2,3], [1,3,2], [2,1,3], [2,3,1], [3,1,2], and [3,2,1]. One might define an anagram of a word as a permutation of its letters. The study of permutations in this sense generally belongs to the field of combinatorics.
The number of permutations of n distinct objects is n×(n − 1)×(n − 2)×...×2×1, which number is called "n factorial" and written "n!"


From Wikipedia, definition of "Permutation

The permutation of certain combinations are defined and considered an absolute truth. By creating the action of realising all the possible sets in a permutation, the artist performs an action which seems to be predictable and yet has its own unpredictability.

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