The Download
The Download is a new program through which Rhizome shares one work per month for free download. Part curatorial platform, part incentive to budding digital art collectors, the Download highlights new works and encourages display at home-on any screen, computer, or suitable device.

Pond Type (2012)

20.5 MB, Flash application, dimensions variable

Pond Type transforms the QWERTY keyboard into a hauntingly beautiful musical instrument for digital poetry. Inspired by Brazilian concrete poet Augusto de Campos's "Pulsar," the artists Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain designed a ripple typeface for an exhibition of the poet's work for the Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts. For The Download, they combined the typeface with sound to create an interactive version of Pond Type.

After selecting any text or poem, the viewer is instructed to type slowly and wait for each word to vanish before typing the next. By deliberately slowing down the urge to type quickly, the artists delay gratification and encourage careful listening.

Download Archive

After downloading the zip file, unarchive to release the files. Select the appropriate version for your computer (Mac or PC), and double click to launch the Pond Type application.

About the Artist

Angela Detanico (b. 1974) and Rafael Lain (b. 1973) are Brazilian artists living and working in Paris. Recipients of the Nam June Paik Award (2004), their work has been shown in galleries and museums internationally including CCS Bard Hessel Museum (USA), Jeu de Paume and Musée Zadkine (France), Museu de Arte da Pampulha (Brazil), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Spain), ICC (Japan), Malba (Argentina), Camberwell College of Arts (England), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Germany) and Optica (Canada). They took part in several international exhibitions as PhotoEspaña 06, 10th Bienal de la Havana, 3rd Media City Seoul, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Medellín 07 and the 28th and 26th São Paulo Biennials and the 8th Bienal do Mercosul, and represented Brazil at the 52. Biennale di Venezia in 2007. They are commissioned artists for permanent installations at the Parc Régional de Lorraine and at the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, France.

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