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of this geometry is made into the tile-form of the "infra" module, and this is what is used as selected shapes that fit like puzzle pieces into the grid pattern, need more area to expand. The background of this page is a continuous repetition of a single Intra vector file.
the infra, 2005
The number of these shape elements it takes to create a knot, and the number of Infra modules they require, is at the core of the system's protocols.
In the grid protocol nine shapes and their placements in the geometry of a grid gives cryptoknots a recognizable appearance. This protocol governs the proportions of the geometry and the methods of generating the grid, and it also governs the procedures for its distribution and application that make the art universally understandable.
The distributed base protocol covered in the frame four builds a registry that applies the concept of the block chain protocol, only it uses the sequence of knots for its hash matching function. The registry gives cryptoknots the characteristics that fit a cryptocurrency space, emulating the distributed ledger of block chain in a multi-reference graphic directory that applies to fungible investments.
A systemic art's infrastructure is akin to the medium of the tactile and sensual arts: the stone of sculpture or liquid color of painting. In this systemic art the knot grid is a creation filling the purpose of a blank canvas.
The direction each shape represents, and their meeting where a crossing is symbolized, is logically represented in the grid. The grid expedites the recognition of the pattern of a completed knot.
Since there is no end to the number of knots that can be formed, the function of making them falls to making the circuit grid a system useful for autonomous participation across a broad range of human capabilities. This starts by giving the circuit grid and a blockchain of every knot in the control sequence out, freely available across the Internet.
A toolkit to build the circuit grid and expand it is available in the material presented here. The properties of knots and protocols for the practice of the art are in the following pages of this web site.
This toolkit is the base for your own construction file. In Inkscape make two layers and put the grid components on the lowermost of the two. The linear components (and sample knot) stay on the top layer.
Lock the lower grid layer. Move the sample knot on the upper active layer into a matching position on the grid. The crossings will only match their correct positioning when this knot matches this size grid. The sample knot is on this page only to provide an exercise for using the layers feature of Inkscape and it can be deleted after serving this purpose.
All the knots that match this size grid have already been constructed so the grid will have to be expanded. Move all the top layer components away from the page area, lock their layer, unlock the grid layer and expand the grid by either copying the larger combination of modules and butting them against eachother or use the base module to add row by row.
When the grid has been sufficiently expanded, group the modules, lock the grid layer, unlock the top layer, and begin to construct a knot by copying components outside of the grid area, moving the copied component into the grid area and carefully registering it to its corresponding lines of the grid.
As the knots become more complex it will be handy to create some modular combinations of components to add to your personal toolkit.
A distributed Internet Community
The Great Knot, April 27, 2011
Michael Sullivan Smith, 2015
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