Pseudorandom

2015
Acrylic 

21’ W x 8’’ H x 8” D

Hewlett-Packard, New York, NY

The term random typically implies an output of unpredictable values, though it is fundamentally impossible to produce truly random numbers within a logic based system. Since even the first explorations with computers and programming, people have devised various methods to try and trick or tease a random value from computers, though the resultant numbers inevitably adhere to some recipe of uniform distribution. Thus, over a large enough dataset, the pseudo in pseudorandom becomes increasingly more apparent. This piece, commissioned by one of the world’s first computer companies, is an exploration of the moment when a seemingly chaotic field reveals an emergent, ordered pattern.

Rob Ley Studio - Los Angeles, CA - Public Art 

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