Type to erase. Repeat to forget.

We type to make text appear on screen or paper. We repeat things to remember them. What if we invert the process—type sentences out to erase them, and repeat words to make them disappear?

Interactive Installation, 2018

Carrie Sijia Wang

ITP Winter Show 2018

Special thanks to: Allison Parrish

The project consists of two parts. In part one— “Type to erase”—short sentences, Markov-chain-generated from the lyrics of the world’s 204 national anthems, appear on screen, and your only goal is to erase them one by one by typing them out. In part two—“Repeat to forget”— you are asked to read sentences from the same text source as part one. The words will be erased if you say them correctly. In the process of going back and forth with a speech recognition system that judges your pronunciation, meanings of some words are questioned and redefined.