(Digital print)

Static recording from a computer screen and digitally collaged.

When presented with noise, a representation of error and the random signals that occur in electronic systems, our eyes often try to discern patterns or shapes, even if none exist (the phenomenon of pareidolia). Noise is added to imitate the dynamic detail of nature in 3D modeling and game design where it is used to mimic natural-looking textures in clouds, terrain or water. It’s also used in data augmentation for machine learning, where it is added deliberately to train a model to be more robust against imperfections in real-world data, in order to be able to better replicate nature.