50 x 50cm
Matchstick residue on paper
249 matches are arranged in a uniform fashion, resembling a checker board, using the matchsticks themselves as measuring devices to determine spacing, before being lit and allowed to burn at their will; the burnt residues demonstrating variations within the bounds of repetition.
In 1971, the definition of a metre length was questioned, so different measurements were ordered to be standardised nationwide, introducing uniform units that would be the same for all. The metre unit was defined to correspond with one ten-millionth of the length of the earth’s meridian between the Equator and the North Pole. Science has continued to utilise such irrational methods to establish general laws and it is this game-like approach to life that influenced the invention of my own rules and games.