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The NT2 laboratory was celebrating their 10th anniversary and commissioned me to make something.

Since the lab deals with “hypermedia and literature” I proposed interactive text projection mapping. They passed me a eight part lexicon and I came up with archiText.

Inspired from my work on Aziz!LightCrew’s freeLiner ephemeral projection mapping software, archiText explores the intersection of text and architecture.

Two participants can assemble words in literal or visual form, with the help of two wireless computer mice placed on plinths in front of the projection surface.

A first click of the mouse places a starting point. As the participant moves the mouse around, words of appropriate length are displayed. The angle determines which of the lexicons to source words from. Words can only be used once. Right clicking provides a undo action.