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The notion of "random" popped up an image of binary numbers in to my brain. This seemingly random numbers are fundamental elements of digital technology. We as humans do not understand these numbers, but computers do. So, I started looking at ways to make random originate via an interaction between human and computer language.

Creating the Random Generator

I decided to use a random word to generate binary numbers and count the number of 0s and 1s. Using these two counts, I would then try to produce a location, the number of photos I take after reaching there, the number of seconds that the photos are apart and the hex code of the colour that I will focus my photos on.

The number of 0s, say a and the number of 1s, say b will interact as follows:

1. Walk/drive a/b or a*b meters or kilometers using only right turns

2. Take a-b photos a+b seconds apart.

3. Focus on a*b colour

I took the above methods and applied the formulas in an excel sheet.
When I asked a person to give me a random word, the word was Seven., which gave me the following results:

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Converting the word 'Seven' to binary

Excel sheet showing the results.

Hex colour #391

Now, as I had my parameters fixed, I started walking 391 m outside the UNSW gate. This led me to Eckersley's Art shop on Oxford St, near Taylor Square. As I was looking around the place, I found posters, leaves and shopfronts that had a strong green tone to it.


Finding 'Green'.

Then, as I was waiting for something interesting, I found this wall with posters and paint coats one on top of the other.

Wall with posters on posters and paint over paint, peeling off.

And suddenly I could see this green arrow pointing to something.

Arrow Pointing to a bunch of posters

This arrow pointed to a poster, which was pasted on another poster, which in turn was poster on another and so on... The notion of layers was very visible very clearly.

Hence I found my word: Layers.

Random Generator | Research | Experiment 1 | Experiment 2 | Experiment 3