“Text Rain,” by Camille Utterback

According to CamilleUtterback.com, Text Rain is an interactive installation in which participants use the familiar instrument of their bodies, to do what seems magical—to lift and play with falling letters that do not really exist.

On the screen they see a mirrored video projection of themselves in black and white, combined with a color animation of falling letters. Like rain or snow, the letters appears to land on participants’ heads and arms. The letters respond to the participants’ motions and can be caught, lifted, and then let fall again.

[T]hey 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.

If Text Rain seems whimsical and inviting today, imagine how much more magical it must have seemed a decade or so before anyone had a Wii or Kinect.

And yes, I would buy this for our Wii. Especially if the game had artful characters and an artful environment, if it were possible to load and play any public domain work in, say, Project Gutenberg, and if there were both challenge and free play modes.

(Found at CamilleUtterback.com.)

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