publication: Flusser Studies

The depiction as computer code is another manifestation of reality. A new level of interpretation is added to the relationship between an object, its name and its representation. Also, a new term has to be found between the signifier and the signified.

All color representation on monitors is based on the RGB color space. In the RGB color space, the individual colors are named using the hexadecimal definition of color. The hexadecimal system consists of sixteen characters: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, a, b, c, d, e, f. A six-character string preceded by a # sign delivers the respective color value. This results in a total of 16777216 colors.

The NonDigitColors project is based on a text by VILÉM FLUSSER from 1991: “The Emigration of Numbers from the Alphanumeric Code.” Among other things, in this text FLUSSER evokes the fall of the letters: “The alphabet is about to be crushed by the numbers on the one hand and the images on the other hand, as by a pair of pliers.”

If the numbers “emigrate” from the hexadecimal code, only the “non-digit” codes remain. NonDigitColors consist of 6 letters: a, b, c, d, e, f making up the character strings. There are 46656 different permutations, or words or signs, that become color values by the addition of the # sign. NonDigitColors are computer color codes that, paradoxically, don’t consist of numbers.

NonDigitColors emerged in search of the logic of color terminology demanded by LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN. The depiction as code establishes color as a linguistic construct. I am interested in the resulting cognitive color perception.

HexCircle is a special monospace font designed for the purpose of this work in collaboration with GEORG SEIFERT ( The font HexCircle allows six of sixteen alphanumeric characters that make up a hexcode to be depicted as a circle. The resulting strings can be read not only from left to right, but also from right to left and from top to bottom.

Wall installation (999 prints, size variabel)
the arrangement of the strings in groups of different sizes, by keeping the same format, varies the size of the strings. The 46656 strings are randomly arranged in 999 groups of 1, 4, 16, 64, 256, 1024 strings. The calculation of the individual groups is based on a complex mathematical formula.

proposal for print size 29,7 x 29,7 cm
1000 prints, total size (8 x 125) = 2,40m x 37,5m
168 prints, 1 string
238 prints, 4 strings
278 prints, 16 strings
210 prints, 64 strings
104 prints, 256 strings
1  print, 1024 strings
= 999 prints
+ 1 print, math. formula

The book SPOTLYRICS contradicts the above mentioned predicament of ??FLUSSER and demands a place for letters in a modern, computerized, future-oriented world. In the book, letter strings are presented as poetic verses for reading. The 46656 circular letter strings are arranged alphabetically on 407 pages. This is a tribute to concrete poetry. The title SPOTLYRICS is a reference to the spot paintings of DAMIEN HIRST, who worked on chromatic circular color depiction in the last century

book: hardcover, 413 pages.
availible at: WALTHER KÖNIG, buchhandlung, berlin.