Sans sans soleil v1.0-2.0
Java applet/software application
This application, built using Processing, was inspired by Chris Marker’s film Sans Soleil, a loosely woven narrative told through the epistolary relationship between a world traveler and a friend back home. Though the visual format of the film is described through a series of moving images cut together to form a journey through a traveler’s memory, the text of the film is constructed through the reading of letters and the inner journey they afford the receiver. In this visualization, each phrase of the text is represented by a bounding phrase, or ‘sun/sphere,’ that collides with other ‘suns/spheres’ in its vicinity. Matches of similar words between phrases cause the word to appear and a constellation web to form between these spheres. The user, or ‘traveler,’ can use this interface to ‘capture’ a sphere and use its gravitational pull to find more matches, creating her own constellations and thus a whole new narrative experience of the original text. Together both interface and user construct any number of journeys for the fictive traveler to embrace.