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Alphabet Synthesis Machine

2001 | Golan Levin, Jonathan Feinberg and Cassidy Curtis

Alphabet Synthesis Machine

Alphabet Synthesis Machine (2001: Golan Levin, Jonathan Feinberg and Cassidy Curtis) is an interactive online artwork, commissioned by PBS and Art21.org, which allows one to create and evolve the possible writing systems of one’s own imaginary civilizations. The abstract alphabets produced with the software can be downloaded as TrueType fonts, and are entered into a comprehensive archive of user creations. The products of the Alphabet Synthesis Machine probe the liminal territories between familiarity and chaos, language and gesture. The project exists as both an interactive installation and an online tool. Between 2001 and 2006, visitors to the web site produced more than 20,000 abstract writing systems.


The Alphabet Synthesis Machine can be experienced in this online Java applet.

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