Obx Labs is interested in living letterforms, massively multi-contributor texts and time-travelling provocateurs. We create artwork that utilizes and motivates the software that we develop and the technologies we repurpose. Our main goal is to provide both the inspiration and the means for others to push the boundaries of computationally-based expression.

Taking Sides

Whose side are on?
Taking Sides is a performance using a real-time speech visualization software system called TextEngine. Taking Sides is a collaboration between our research studio and a local hip-hop artist. Our primary goal was to create a strong conceptual link between the text visualization, the content of the artist’s lyrics, and his performance style. Additionally we wanted to test the flexibility of TextEngine in developing customized performance applications. Pursuing these goals led us through a three month development effort that cycled tightly between design, performance and programmatic iterations.