Book Crosses

A month-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the idea of us­ing pre-ex­ist­ing let­ters, words, and sen­tences to com­pose new mes­sages.

Using a cus­tom pro­cess­ing pipeline based on the open-source char­ac­ter-recog­ni­tion soft­ware Tesseract, I re­placed each word in a given work of lit­er­a­ture with scanned im­ages of match­ing words from an­other. The re­sults are pre­sented in the form of im­ages, an in­ter­ac­tive web ap­pli­ca­tion and printed books.

Shown at Typographic Singularity 2019.

Web application showing words from the Gutenberg Bible Web application showing words from Walter Benjamin Jumbled words from the Gutenberg Bible Printed books made from found words