'Markov Walks' is conceived as a trajectory encompassing the graphics of Theo Van Doesburg (founder of De Stijl, 1917-1924) and the stochastic works of 1960s computer artist Manfred Mohr. It is a co-authored work produced by the artist and an 'alterbot' of his own creation.
A series of hand-drawn sketches based on De Stijl are used to teach an alterbot to draw in the same style. The alterbot is a computer program that combines mimetic and stochastic tendencies, encoding the aesthetic principles of De Stijl. The term 'Markov' refers to the bot's model of the world, which is based on a markov chain: a probabilistic scheme used to imitate patterns. The bot's graphics are based on those of the artist's hand, raising the possibility of collaboration between artist and algorithm.
'Markov Walks' is an on-going work comprising C-Prints, hand-drawn sketches and a limited edition artist book including an essay.