Four Letter Words consists of four units, each capable of displaying all 26 letters of the alphabet with an arrangement of fluorescent lights.
The piece displays an algorithmically generated word sequence derived
from a word association database developed by the University of South
Florida between 1973 and 1998. The algorithms take into account word
meaning, rhyme, letter sequencing, and association.
The algorithm ́s tendency towards scatological or «dark» subject matter
is influenced by a variety of language and perception studies,
especially Elliot McGinnies 1949 study «Emotionality and Perceptual
While the piece was conceived with idea of displaying algorithmically
generated lists, it was designed with flexibility and expandability in
mind. The individual units can be connected ad-infinitum, and are
theoretically capable of displaying any length of text. While Four
Letter Words deals with a specific range of content, the technology can
be easily expanded for future textual experiments.
FLW Light Study 2 is video footage of a typographic light sculpture combined with basic color and position effects. It ́s set to percussion and drone sounds to induce a hypnogogic state.