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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Typography & Time

I first saw this a year or two back. I came across it again today, and wanted to pass it along for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.

It’s student work from Jiyeon Song, a Grad student at Art Center at the time (2008 I think).

The use of light to ‘write’ out the message over time is compelling both visually and conceptually. A viewer would have to stay with the work for the better part of the day to access the entire message, or be in regular contact with it over several days. That aspect activates the artifact as either an aid to contemplation or as a mnemonic device. Either way, it’s an interesting combination of technique and concept.

It’s particularly interesting to consider the piece when thinking broadly about interactivity and time-based media. There’s so much transience in our visual communication environment these days, but this an instance where that transience has been activated in a meaningful way.

I recommend checking out the timelapse movie on the project website. The entire project development process is articulated along with evidence of iterative stages and methods.