Adam Słowik, »ABC Room«, exhibition view »Dataspheres« ZKM | Karlsruhe 2016, © Adam Słowik, photo © ZKM | Karlsruhe, photo: Jonas Zilius

Adam Słowik
*1980 in Skierniewice (PL),
lives and works in Berlin (DE)

Christian Lölkes
*1990 in White Plains (US), lives and works in Karlsruhe (DE)

Peter Weibel
*1944 in Odessa (UA), lives and works in Karlsruhe (DE)

»Alphabet Space«
2017, dynamically three-dimensional notation, computer-based installation


In the analogue world, all notation was two-dimensional. Letters, images and notes were rigidly fixed onto two-dimensional surfaces. Here the possibility of displaying all 26 letters through a single three-dimensional sign arises from a three-dimensional object by Adam Słowik.

Leibniz reduced the ten digits 1 – 9 and 0, through which all numbers can be described, to the two digits 0 and 1. Something similar takes place here, with a single object able to represent 26 letters.

This alphabet has a basic geometry, and the individual letters and signs are described through parameters such as the rotation or the position of the base. Individual letters are defined through a quaternion. Number sequences and words can be represented as movement via multiple quaternions.

The viewer receives the current letter on the left screen via a projection of the base object. If the object stays still briefly, the letter is saved, it appears on the right screen, and the object can write a text sign by sign.