Method Random (2013)
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Image generated with a seed of 5970917 using an LCG algorithm with a=22695477, c=1, and m=2^32

‘Method Random’ is a series of chromogenic prints that have been generated by computational methods that have attempted to create randomness at different points in computing history. Random number generators (RNG) are essential algorithms for a large number of applications from encryption and security to simulation, jury selection, double-blind trials, statistical sampling, game theory and many others. While the sum of all colours picked by different RNG algorithms generates a neutral gray, patterns can be discerned when massive number of pixels can be seen simultaneously. The older the algorithm, the more obvious the patterns are. These prints show how human perception of organization can often spot the fundamental difficulty for computers to appear unpredictable. RLH Studio