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John F. Simon, Jr.


John F. Simon, Jr., Every Icon (1997)
In the Internet project Every Icon (1996), John F. Simon, Jr. presents the matrix of every image that transgresses temporal and spatial parameters through permanent modifications in endless variability. On a predefined grid, the software begins with white grid elements and reveals all possible combinations of black and white elements until it reaches a moment where every element is black.

The concept is to present all of the possibilities of every icon. Simon is interested in programming progressive accumulation, which will eventually exceed even the capacities of the computer and Internet. “In contrast to presenting a single image as an intentional sign, Every Icon presents all possibilities.” (John F. Simon, Jr.) (1)

Yvonne Spielmann © 2005 FDL