Text Rain

Text Rain is a playful interactive installation that blurs the boundary between the familiar and the magical. Participants in the installation encounter a live black and white projection of themselves, combined with a color animation of falling letters. Like rain or snow, the letters appear to land on participants’ heads and arms. The letters respond to the participants’ motions and can be caught, lifted, and then allowed to fall again. If a participant accumulates enough letters along their outstretched arms, or along the silhouette of any dark object, he or she can sometimes catch an entire word, or even a phrase. “Reading” the phrases in the Text Rain installation becomes a physical as well as a cerebral endeavor. The falling letters are not random, but lines of a poem about bodies and language.

Romy Achituv

born in 1958. He studied philosophy, sculpture, and interactive telecommunication in Jerusalem and New York. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including in 2003, e.g.: “Romy Achituv — Selected Works 1997-2003,” Solo Exhibit, Digital Art Lab, Holon, Israel; “Onufri, International Art Festival,” Tirana, Albania; “Canberra Contemporary Art Space,” Canberra, Australia; “Digital Stadium,” NHK, Tokyo, Japan.

Camille Utterback

is an artist and programmer whose work has been exhibited internationally at festivals and galleries including the NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo; The Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev; SIGGRAPH Art Gallery. Like Romy Achituv, she has been awarded several prizes.

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