Beginning with a word, the form of ‘Hybrid Words’ is created thorough layers of complexity. Much like the universe of atoms to which it alludes, its simple, defined, individual parts are combined to create emergent behaviours and visuals, the precise outcome of which is unknowable.
Each word is broken into a series of points to which one or more particles are assigned. These points move, following a single aim per word and are, in turn, followed by their particles. The result is form that appears, superficially, like the word but, like a living creature, is only a result of its internal states and interactions.
This tenuous structure is then destabilised on collision with another word, the two merging by selecting parts of each word to combine and then, from this new term, re-assigning the previous points and particles, discarding any that are deemed extraneous or unnecessary. Each collision, therefore, produces a word further removed, both in language from the linguistic inputs, and in structure from the initial, relatively controlled selection of points and particles.
Hybrid Words is a generative projection, created in Processing. It is backed by, and updates as it runs, a database of real and fictional animals and biological prefixes.
Hybrid Words is a project with Suhee Kim
The original version of Hybrid words was been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Korean Cultural Center in London, and then a re-written version as part of Germinal at the New Westminster New Media Gallery in Canada.