Thursday, May 04, 2006


Peter Cho has developed a stunningly elegant visual representation of a phonetic writing system, called Takeluma.

The computer analyzes text read into it in real time and outputs the result. Cho has a number of different methods of display, from projections on walls to a 100 foot long conversion of a text on a roll of paper. Check out the Installation website for some neat pictures (and there is a movie there as well).

I find it aesthetically pleasing for sure, but it does seem a little difficult to understand (the translation appears to make mistakes easily). But then again, this isn't necessarily a functional tool as much as an interactive work of art, and for that, I find it interesting. I especially like the examples where Cho has used historical speeches as sonic input.

Is it just me or do you find it similar to Arabic in a number of ways?


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