Text Rain

Text rain is an interactive piece of art that allows viewers to manipulate the motion of letters that emulate rain falling from the sky. Users have their image displayed on a screen in front of them as the letters begin to fall down the screen. Once the letters reach a certain darkness threshold, they stop falling. This has the effect of making it appear like you can catch the letters falling from the sky with any part of your body or any sort of dark object. You can then push the letters back up and they fall down again or move yourself out of the way so they continue falling. The longer you wait, the more letters fall and then begin accumulating themselves to create words and eventually phrases to a poem. The poem is about bodies and language thus it creates a bridge between the physical act of viewing text rain and reading about it. [1]"‘Reading’ the phrases in the Text Rain installation becomes a physical as well as a cerebral endeavor."

This piece is an interesting take on how a viewer can interact with a piece of written artwork. It emobodies a physical component that simply reading a poem does not have. Not only is it unique but can engage the viewer and make the poem a much more complex and deep work of art. The viewer also has many ways to engage with the text by using different objects or using multiple people to create distinct images across the screen. Such interaction simply makes it that much more immersive and notable to people who come and 'play' with Text Rain.

There are plenty of interactive works I feel like would be interesting to compare them too one of which is called 16 pillars. Despite 16 Pillars being more of an auditory experience they both contain an interactive component that allows users to manipulate how the art works. in 16 PIllars users can move around to create sound as opposed to moving around to shape the physical appearance of a poem. Text Rain also has been written and the poem you read will be the same that other people can read. 16 PIllars on the other hand allows for the user to create their own song and piece and it becomes an even more individualistic work. [2] A more apt comparison of works is with the Animate Field created by Justin Liu. People can walk through a field of lights and as they move the lights appear to be moved by their body as if wading through a pool with little objects sitting everywhere. [3] Text Rain is a virtual simulation of people being able to manipulate the motion of objects (letters of a poem) while Animate Field is actualy a physical and real version of Text Rain using lights. You can create interesting flows with your body and get lost in the beautiful swirls and patterns it makes. It is very interactive however it does lack the integration of multiple forms of art that Text Rain employs. However, you can still create an image and build an aesthetic through your own personal means which is an immersive task and brings much more value back to someone who experiences Animate Field.

http://camilleutterback.com/projects/text-rain/ [1]

http://cargocollective.com/d44n/16-pillars [2]

http://www.artelectronicmedia.com/artwork/animate-field [3]

2 replies on “Text Rain”

This piece makes for a neat
This piece makes for a neat entry since it involves the participation of the viewer in order to gain an effect, and I think your attention to this controlled aspect of the artwork is clear and concise. I like how the viewers active participation is a huge contributing factor to the functionality of the artwork. The endless forming outcomes of the falling text, and how they create this unique connection between the piece and the viewer is really interesting.
I am curious to know more about these interactions between viewer and artwork, especially when creating something that is more than visual yet also interactive. You may want to venture further and uncover other artworks that also reflect some of these tangible form qualities. If so then what do these other pieces deem to emphasize, if there is any, or is it this interaction purely aesthetic.
I think what makes this piece special in particular, is its reasoning for using interaction to focus the viewers attention no creating text from these seemingly random flowing letters. Keep this in mind if you do decide to compare other interactive pieces, is there a point to be made or is it just an aesthetic element.

I really like the idea of
I really like the idea of this piece, and of the viewer interaction, but I am interested in knowing more. Your explanation of how to physical exhibition looks is good, but i am interested in knowing how the exhibit changes with different viewer or if it does. Does the same poem appear with every viewer? in short, apart from the change in color of the letters does the viewer participation have an affect on the piece? I would also have loved a visual or some sort visible in the article since it seems like a visually striking piece!

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