# Mathematics and Liberature

Poland, ID CLEaR2015-234

The presentation will focus on the recent artistic phenomenon called *liberature*, in the context of its mathematical qualities. In this literary trend which inextricably connects the textual and physical layer of the work, each element is expected to be created according to a certain formula which, in turn, should bring a holistic piece of literature. After 1999, with the advent of theoretical and critical insights on liberature in Poland and elsewhere, much more mathematically-oriented works have appeared which are strictly *liberary*. In the presentation, I will base on the theoretical idea behind liberature when discussing Zenon Fajfer’s liberary work *Ten Letters* (Pol. *Dwadzieścia jeden liter* [twenty-one letters]). The piece will be analysed mainly from the point of view of geometry and the intriguing play with numbers, which is visible already in the very title – the ten-lettered word *Ten Letters*. Both of the mathematical elements enumerated – i.e., the game of numbers and geometry – are inextricably connected with the liberary construction of the whole volume and of language in Fajfer’s work.

**Keywords:** liberature, mathematics, game in literature