NOTE: This object is in the process of being printed at AMS. It will be a real-world object when complete.
Books are like holy objects to their owners, but they are outdated objects in an increasingly digital domestic space. This project imagines a new kind of book object, one that physically displays the data within the book in the form of an abstract shape. This art object replaces the book while retaining its essence. In this demo, every instance of the word \\\"Ulysses\\\" is plotted in 3D space according to it\\\'s position on the printed page. These points are joined by a single line that traces the characters narrative journey both literally and figuratively. The resulting object is equal in volume to the original book. In future iterations, this object could house the book text digitally as an embedded file that can be loaded when in proximity to a digital reading device.
I became interested in working with text when I did my midterm assignment using text parsing. The non-visual nature of the form along with its implicit power to produce images interested me. Finding new ways to turn binary text into visuals and/or objects is something I hope to pursue in my work while at ITP and beyond.