Alphabet Synthesis Machine

From Rhizome Artbase
Golan Levin

Alphabet Synthesis Machine is a web tool which allows users to create their own glyphs, and then evolves them into imaginary writing systems using genetic algorithms. The writing systems developed with the software can be downloaded as TrueType fonts, and are entered into a comprehensive archive.

Rhizome staff

The Alphabet Synthesis Machine is an interactive online artwork which allows one to create and evolve the possible writing systems of one's own imaginary civilizations. The abstract alphabets produced by the Machine can be downloaded as PC-format TrueType fonts, and are entered into a comprehensive archive of user creations. The products of the Machine probe the liminal territories between familiarity and chaos, language and gesture.
An interactive online artwork created for Art21 and PBS by Golan Levin with Jonathan Feinberg and Cassidy Curtis, the Alphabet Synthesis Machine is a co-production of Art21, Inc., New York City, and The Arts Company, Cambridge, MA.

Golan Levin
21 April 2002
Legacy descriptive tags
Jonathan Feinberg, Golan Levin, Cassidy Curtis, Art21, PBS,, Alphabet Synthesis Machine
Attribution: Golan Levin
Participatory, Generative, Conceptual, Collaborative, Abstract, machine, language, interact, design, archive, Perl, Javascript, Java, HTML, Visual, software
Attribution: Rhizome staff
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21 April 2002
Golan Levin