Ecke Bonk and Owen Griffith «Cosmic Rays / Roulette Wheel» 2005.

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Monte Carlo Methode 2005
Towards an Archeology of Chance

Model 1: Cosmic Rays
geiger counter, prepared piano, Duerer's Melancolia I
Kuenstlerhaus, Stadtpark Graz.

Model 2: Roulette Wheel
ivory ball, Pascal's geometry of chance,Duerer's Nemesis Spiegelsaal
Neue Galerie Graz.

«The fairest kosmos is a heap of sweepings tossed at random.» ~ Heraklit

«Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.» ~ John von Neumann, 1953.

«After spending a lot of time trying to estimate the odds of particular card combinations by pure combinatorial calculations, I wondered whether a more practical method than abstract thinking might not be to lay the cards out say one hundred times and simply observe and count the number of successful plays. This was already possible to envisage with the beginning of the new era of fast computers, and I immediately thought of problems of neutron diffusion.» ~ Stan Ulam, On the Monte Carlo Method, 1948.