Category Archives: June

Random design #25

The case of the random Lissajous.

A Lissajous curve is a parametric sinusoid that has application in physics and astronomy – and in art too! Max Ernst studied it, Hitchcock was intrigued by it (Vertigo).

And now, thanks to a script by Jacob Rus, I took it in this hypnotic pseudo-gothic setting. Curves also make for an intriguing new alphabet grid. It will be for linguists and archeologists to decide.



Random design #24

Finally, a rational way to organize artwork on a wall!

This display is a recap of all the images I did for this project since Jan. 1st. A pose from my stochastic art project schedule? Not at all! Random is the positioning of the images, elegant is the display – no matter how you tweak it!

With Grant Custer‘s clever script, all you have to do is set up the numbers of works and the space between works. Then the code takes over and rearranges the setup – randomly.

Randomness to the rescue of museum curators and galleries managers? Every home should have one too!


Random design #23. The de Jong Attractor

Strange Attractors are mathematical systems that tend to evolve over time. When drawn with a random set of parameters, the odds of someone else picking the same parameters or getting the same image is 1 in 2^128.

I saved this one so we can compare!



Random design #22 – The Tale of Genji

54 rooms. In each room, a tale of romance, intrigue, and passion at the court of Empress Akiko. No two stories are the same. In front of each door, a unique symbol. Never twice the same either.

The book was written in the early 11th century Japan.

It wasn’t until E Bell’ series of lectures on combinatorics and prime numbers (Bell numbers)  in the early 1900s that we realized the symbols from the Tale of Genji followed the same reasoning on which graph theory, statistic, and stochastic patterns are developed.

Whether to predict a roll of dice, a political race or playing the game of love, stochastic processes have been at the core of our concern to grasp what the future has in store for us for a long long time…