The Four Letter Words installation by interactive artist Rob Seward is a collection of robotics that can form any set of four-letter words using fluorescent lights.

The Four Letter Words installation by interactive artist Rob Seward is a collection of robotics that can form any set of four-letter words using fluorescent lights. The device displays algorithmically generated phrases from a linguistic database developed at the University of South Florida.

Seward explains below:

The algorithms take into account word meaning, rhyme, letter sequencing, and association. The algorithm’s tendency towards scatological or “dark” subject matter is influenced by a variety of language and perception studies, especially Elliot McGinnies’ 1949 study “Emotionality and Perceptual Defense.

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