For their bachelor thesis, Michael Flückiger und Nicolas Kunz developed an amazing application of Processing, using the tool to create a dynamic typeface called Laika. Kerning, weight, italics and size can be controlled by a midi board. Great concept — and the typeface looks beautiful. The whole thing kind of reminds me of Meek FM. Via Creative Applications.
Imagine what you could do with this and poetry. Imagine a poet reading text, with the text responding to his/her voice dynamically. Ambient sound from the audience could also be included in the feedback loop, so that the “performance” of the text on the screen could be influenced by audience responses…
Reminded me of this Ted Talk on Golan Levin’s work with text and speech in art installations: