The Happenstance Generator (2015)

The Happenstance Generator is a large Perspex chamber on a metal plinth. Inside the chamber a selection from the archive of research images, which I have collected over the past 30 years, are blown about by hidden fans. The machine randomly propels images towards the surfaces of the chamber, before repositioning them again through the movement of the air. These images are highlighted for one moment and disappear the next, much in the way that data and image sequences appear and disappear; grow and diminish in importance, in the constantly changing landscape of everyday visual encounters.

The Happenstance Generator prototype was showcased at the Getting Better and Worse at the Same Time exhibition.