Combinatorics in the Art of the Twentieth Century

Lali Barrière
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 321–328 Regular Papers


This paper is motivated by a question I asked myself: How can combinatorial structures be used in a work of art? Immediately, other questions arose: Whether there are artists that work or think combinatorially? If so, what works have they produced in this way? What are the similarities and differences between art works produced using combinatorics? This paper presents the first results of the attempt to answer these questions, being a survey of a selection of works that use or contain combinatorics in some way, including music, literature and visual arts, focusing on the twentieth century.