Illuminated Text relays an impossibly quick thread of words whose meaning can only be grasped as a combination of words in relation to others, tied by the spectator(s) cognitive combinations of words and their subjective meaning. The viewer is denied the ability to focus upon any one specific word representing an idea for any length of duration; thus, there is no time to form a fixed viewpoint. This digital "flow of information" evokes a computer's programmed scrolling structure, and forms the beginning of an idea directed around the written word. In this specific case, the work takes on a self-illumination, and the radiant words reach from the digital structuralized vapor upon which contemporary communication is designed. By using a "push" force of telling and addressing, the "pull" of the viewer in effect designs the piece. This monitor-work suggests the cultural control of television and the media's overall ubiquitous presence. The title, Illuminated text, is intended as a way of linking this newer form of work with a more traditional embodiment of the written word.
Russel Hulsey & Thomas DeLisle
Illuminated Text (Hypertext Series)
video (VCD) ed. of 6
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