TuUyen Triptych is a collection of three pieces intended
to form a single experience. The triptych represents an attempt
to draw forth meaning from disorder. The source material is body
of texts so highly personalized and disorganized that it has become
all but unintelligible. Nonstandard interfaces to these texts frustrate
the desire to follow the author's train of thought and force a nonlinear
perusal of an otherwise linear medium.
TuUyenCycle is the first of the three. A screenful of text
feigns normalcy, but the movement of the mouse over words results
in replacement and readjustment. Each word on screen is actually
an entire passage of text that may be cycled through, but the progression
is too fast to be read in context.
TuUyenRub is a nonlinear traversal of layers of text on
a line-by-line basis. The rubbing of the mouse over text will gradually
erode the line beneath and reveal progressive layers of subtexts.
Many layers of texts exist, each complete but only visible via the
actively stroked line. While the user concentrates on any particular
line, the the other lines gradually fade back to the topmost text.
TuUyenShuffle is a final attempt to average out some sort
of sense from the mass of texts. The entire body of text is analyzed
at the time of execution. The frequencies with which words appear
are calculated and used to scale the font size. The frequencies
with which any particular word precedes or succeeds any other word
are also calculated and stored. As the mouse moves over a word,
the surrounding text is reorganized; Adjacent words are replaced
by randomly choosing from among the most common predecessors and
successors of the mouse-over word. In this way, the user's interaction
with the text gradually causes an averaging of all the texts and
generates some sort of summation of the whole.