Text Division

Tim Szetela

an interactive visualization of the deconstruction of language


Classes Programming from A to Z

The English language can be broken down into multiple systems. Sentences contain words, which consist of syllables, phonemes, and (at the lowest level) individual letters. Within "Text Division," users may input words via the keyboard, watch their movement on the monitor, and initiate their deconstruction through the touch screen interface. The motion and behaviors of these language components represent their relationships to each other and the loss of meaning that occurs through their deconstruction.

Previous research into linguistics motivated me to work on this project. To find inspiration for the movement of the textual elements, I looked into other natural systems that parallel the organization of language. I specifically look at the organization of matter in molecules and elements. And also at the expansion of the universe--consisting of drifting galaxies and stars and their orbiting planets and moons.

everyone who uses language and text using computer keyboard as an input

User Scenario
A passerby may see words or letters floating by on the space displayed on the monitor. If he or she enters new words via the nearby computer keyboard, these new words appear on the screen. These words slowly drift around on and off the monitor. If a user touches a word on the monitor, it splits into its composite parts. The letters and syllables may connect with other letters or syllables to form new words. Lone, unconnected letters eventually fade away.

touch screen monitor, keyboard, computer