Camille Utterback – Text Rain

3 Dec

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Text Rain is an interactive art piece made by Camille Utterback in 1999. To experience Text Rain a person stands in front of a projection screen, causing then to appear on the screen. Letters continuously fall from the top of the screen and land on the image of the person. The meaning of the interactive artwork is not fully understood until enough of the letters are caught. The letters caught by the participant are not random letters. The letters come from the following poem “Talk, You” by Evan Zimroth.


4 Responses to “Camille Utterback – Text Rain”

  1. lsosa2012 December 5, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    So cool. This was a very interesting and fun piece. Camille use poetry and body movements to make poetry. Her use of the video projection and falling letters makes it so intriguing. This really does show the innovation of art, technology and poetry.

    Very interesting!

  2. Juan Pablo Molina Matute December 6, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    I think it’s nice what the artist is showing, I like the way how she is making art “on the spot” however what I find even more interesting is her creativity, how she come up with this idea. I also believe that creativity is one of the most precious gift of humankind 🙂

    I just found this video, it’s the same technique that Camille Utterback showed but applied to a video/performance

    I don’t know how to edit my own post in here 😦 this is the link to the video

  3. jurdaine December 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Wow, this is very innovative, who would of thought that something so simple as standing in front of a projector could produce such a remarkable result. Most kids do this in elementary school, trying to be the class clown or love the shadows and effects it produces but no one would have thought that such a simple thing as trying to be funny in class could result in such a wonderful form of art. Awesome stuff, i guess i should have told my teacher i was creating poetry when i use to do it

  4. keyyer December 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    I think it’s one of the most creative ideas. One that truley allows someone to interact with the poem. I would be very tempted to catch all the letters.

    Camille’s work reminds me of Oni Buchanan who is one of our course videos. She takes a large text about the subject she wants. Finds words from the text and created a poem, she then takes words from that poem and creates a second poem etc.

    very nice post

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