An interactive artwork that takes Robert Smithson’s 1972 essay “The Spiral Jetty” as a starting point. Parts of the essay were run through a Markov chain text generator I built based on the RiTa npm package. The resulting text was then split into chunks and formatted as HTML. The finished piece is a webpage with the text and a few controls that rotate, translate, change font size and letter spacing of the text chunks to random values. Manipulated in this way, the text becomes a drawing, the words shifting around the page into increasingly chaotic configurations.

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