Semantic Arithmetic

(image: Fletcher Bach)

“… like mathematics, literature could be manipulated.”- Jean Lescure


Left: Vectors in three dimensional space with male-female semantic relationship. Right: same vectors flattened onto two dimensional space. (image: Joelle Fleurantin)
Image: @aparrish

Pixels in an image are representative of underlying numerical values. For example, in grayscale, a white pixel has the value of 255, a black pixel 0. (image: Fletcher Bach)
In image processing software, pixels from source images are averaged. Pixels with new averaged values make up the resulting image. (image: Fletcher Bach)
When words are represented by a series of numbers, we can apply the same processing algorithms to them. In this case, “cliff” is the average of “verge” and “rock”. (image: Fletcher Bach)
To illustrate how the different effects work, SigTxt features images of Jane Austen and Thomas Jefferson, authors of the two source texts. This one corresponds to the interface below, with Blend being in the middle position, Blur and Resize set to zero. Play with the demo at dbrslabs.com/sigtxt. (image: Joelle Fleurantin)


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