Video: Four Letter Words, A Fascinating Invention

30 Mar
2010

No…not those. Well maybe.

‘Four Letter Words’ (from Rob Seward) consists of four units, each capable of displaying all 26 letters of the alphabet with an arrangement of fluorescent lights. The piece displays an algorithmically generated word sequence, derived from a word association database developed by the University of South Florida between 1976 and 1998. The algorithms take into account word meaning, rhyme, letter sequencing, and association.

The algorithm’s tendency towards scatological or “dark” subject matter is influenced by a variety of language and perception studies, especially Elliot McGinnies’ 1949 study “Emotionality and Perceptual Defense.”

Quite a fascinating invention. Check out the video:

.

Comment Form

top
Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On Google PlusCheck Our Feed