The Alphabet Synthesis Machine

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Somewhere between the chaos of television static, and the order of the text you are now reading, lies a fascinating realm of semi-sense. By attending to this narrow union of nonsense and sublimity, we propose that we may come to a deeper understanding of how sense-making occurs at all, and become connected through abstract forms to a reality beyond language.

This artwork is addressed to the specific feeling of semi-sense we have when we recognize, but cannot read, the unfamiliar writing of another culture. A reactive machine, it allows people to create and explore personal semi-sense alphabets: coherent sets of abstract glyphs which might resemble the plausible scripts of civilizations with which we simply happen to be unfamiliar.

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