Adam Słowik, Christian Lölkes, Peter Weibel

Alphabet Space

A woman holding a black object in front of a canvas with letters
Adam Słowik, Christian Lölkes, Peter Weibel
Alphabet Space
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Medium / Material / Technic
dynamically three-dimensional notation, computer-based installation

In the analogue world, all notation was two-dimensional. Letters, images and notes were rigidly fixed onto two-dimensional surfaces. Here the possibility of displaying all 26 letters through a single three-dimensional sign arises from a three-dimensional object by Adam Słowik.

Leibniz reduced the ten digits 1 – 9 and 0, through which all numbers can be described, to the two digits 0 and 1. Something similar takes place here, with a single object able to represent 26 letters.

This alphabet has a basic geometry, and the individual letters and signs are described through parameters such as the rotation or the position of the base. Individual letters are defined through a quaternion. Number sequences and words can be represented as movement via multiple quaternions.

The viewer receives the current letter on the left screen via a projection of the base object. If the object stays still briefly, the letter is saved, it appears on the right screen, and the object can write a text sign by sign.