El Cielo del Toboso

Digital Art Installation, 2008

El Cielo del Toboso is a digital art installation in which visitors are invited to send, via SMS, words and short sentences.

The system connects these word to others entered by previous visitors according to their semantic relationship in the Quixote.

Visitors end up thus collectively rewriting in graphical and spatial form one possible variant of the original work.

El Cielo del Toboso is a reading and writing experience that is spatial and graphical instead of temporal and linear, collective as opposed to individual.

The Challenge

Capture SMS messages.
Develop a Natural Language Processing system, that connects words according to their semantic relationship in a given corpus.
Visualize these connections as animated graphs.

Technologies

Flash
Java
SMS
Natural Language Processing
Graph Layout