Random Flowers

Random Flowers

The presence of flowers in our lives can evoke strong emotions and memories. Each flower is unique and has its own character. This individuality is the basis for an algorithmic creation that does not try to capture the essence of each one of them, but to create intricate patterns and new details from their rich colors and shapes.

Random Flowers began at the end of 2013 as a process that explores the visual possibilities of random functions (random) associated with the generation of geometric shapes that create a system of brushstrokes. Each image is transformed into a unique digital piece from brushstrokes with a pictorial visual aspect, exploiting the generation of long strings of random numbers and using low-quality photographs of flowers taken with cell phones as input material. By focusing on a By reinterpreting the information of each pixel of a digital photograph of a flower (color and position), I hope to create an emotional connection between the viewer and the printed surface they are looking at, encouraging them to appreciate the abstraction and artificiality inherent in the digital image.

Each photograph is treated as a two-dimensional matrix of points (pixels) and each point is processed by the program (written in processing) following the following function:

f(color(j, k) × shape)


Flowers are a metaphor for life: they are an ephemeral materialization of the countless possible combinations for existence. Random Flowers starts from materializing the probable insofar as what we see on the printed surface is only one possibility among quadrillions that the computer program can generate. Although each image can be copied ad infinitum as an image file, just like a particular flower, each printed piece is unrepeatable in the computational sense, since the random process that gave rise to it is impossible to regenerate. This aspect highlights that the improbability of an event from random combinations is not only part of life, but also of the technical means we use to generate images. Technical means promise to capture snapshots of the flow of life, but the processes that generate them are as unique as the petals of a flower.