Cipher is an interactive installation inspired by an analytical view of how we understand the fundamentals of language. It is a set of 36 cards, letters and numbers abstracted into symbols, accompanied by eight identical devices used for translation. By masking certain areas of the cards the devices decipher the symbols into legible characters.
This piece was displayed in Typeforce 6 in February of 2015.
Cipher, like foreign language allows us first to purely observe aesthetic qualities of letters without the distractions of comprehension. As understanding develops we no longer simply enjoy the design of characters as our mind must skim and begin the process of learned translation. Through intimate objects, you are allowed to explore letterforms one at a time. Driven by personal curiosity, one can move past the exploration of individual letters to build knowledge of the code, and employ into the creation of words in the eight devices.