Text Rain

Description (in English): 

"Text Rain is an interactive installation in which participants use the familiar instrument of their bodies, to do what seems magical—to lift and play with falling letters that do not really exist. In the Text Rain installation participants stand or move in front of a large projection screen. On the screen they see a mirrored video projection of themselves in black and white, combined with a color animation of falling letters. Like rain or snow, the letters appears to land on participants’ heads and arms. The letters respond to the participants’ motions and can be caught, lifted, and then let fall again. The falling text will ‘land’ on anything darker than a certain threshold, and ‘fall’ whenever that obstacle is removed. If a participant accumulates enough letters along their outstretched arms, or along the silhouette of any dark object, they can sometimes catch an entire word, or even a phrase. The falling letters are not random, but form lines of a poem about bodies and language. ‘Reading’ the phrases in the Text Rain installation becomes a physical as well as a cerebral endeavor."

(Source: http://camilleutterback.com/projects/text-rain/)

Critical writing that references this work:

Titlesort descending Author Year
"No Preexistent World": On "Natural" and "Artificial" Forms of Poetry Peter Gendolla 2010
Aesthetic Animism: Digital Poetry as Ontological Probe David Jhave Johnston 2011
Aesthetic Animism: Digital Poetry's Ontological Implications David Jhave Johnston 2016
An Emerging Canon? A Preliminary Analysis of All References to Creative Works in Critical Writing Documented in the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base Scott Rettberg 2013
Artificial Poetry: On Aesthetic Perception in Computer-Aided Literature Peter Gendolla 2009
Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres 2010
Born Digital: Writing Poetry in the Age of New Media Maria Engberg 2007
Chuva de letras: de presenças, ausências de literatura digital Luciana Gattass 2010
Comedies of Separation: Toward a Theory of the Ludic Book Brian Kim Stefans 2011
Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations Roberto Simanowski 2011
Digital Gestures Carrie J. Noland 2006
Digital Literary Arts - Scandinavian E-Texts: Criticism, Theory, and Practice Melissa Lucas 2014
Digital Literature: Theoretical and Aesthetic Reflections Luciana Gattass 2011
Digital Word in a Palm: Digital Poetry between Reading and immersive Bodily Experience Janez Strehovec 2007
Digitale Medien in der Erlebnisgesellschaft. Kunst, Kultur, Utopien Roberto Simanowski 2008
Electronic Literature Scott Rettberg 2014
Electronic Literature Scott Rettberg 2018
Electronic literature or digital art? And where are all the challenging hypertextual novels? Gitte Mose 2009
Is the Future of Electronic Literature the Future of the Literary? N. Katherine Hayles 2007
Of Presence and Electronic Literature Luciana Gattass 2018


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