stream of consciousness

an interactive poetic garden
tom white and david small
aesthetics and computation group

A six foot square garden sits in the middle of an otherwise ordinary computer lab. Water briskly flows down a series of cacsades into a glowing pool. Projected on the surface of the pool and flowing as if they were caught in the water's grasp are a tangle of words. You can reach out and touch the flow, blocking it or stirring up the words causing them to grow and divide, morphing into new words that are pulled into the drain and pumped back to the head of the stream to tumble down again.

Quicktime movies

Large movie (54 MB)

Animation only (8 MB)

other movies


CHI short paper

color brief

Joan Musgrave, of IBM, interacts with the liquid interface to the stream.

June 20, 1998