pseudoRandom

Exhibited at the Manchester Digital Laboritory (Mad Lab), Manchester, 2010 - as part of the Analogue is the New Digital Festival and the Abandom Normal Devices Festival.

Pseudorandom is an autonomous, mechanical drawing device. The generative images that it creates attempt to display the aesthetic qualities of computer programs that simulate computational randomness and free choice. The pen and ink drawings visualise the process of pseudorandom number generation by creating a visual landscape and sense of physicality from the otherwise entirely digital nature of code, machine consciousness and artificial intelligence.

Similar to the way Jean Arp produced his 'chance collages' as a method of relinquishing control, the drawings of pseudorandom can be seen as a de-personalization of creative practice. By instructing a machine to make the important decisions of composition. The drawings can be seen as experiments of digital spontaneity and irrational artistic creation.

Pseudorandom creates its drawings by means of an appliance which simulates and mechanically reproduces 'Monte Carlo Method' based algorithms – applications that are used in computing to study cellular structures and fractal generation. The device generates a pseudorandom number and moves a mechanical arm, which is holding a pen, through the chosen coordinates. The appliance loops back to the beginning, selects another number and the process repeats.

The drawings below took pseudoRandom 2 weeks of continuous operation to complete.

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