Sent is a new media project that randomly combines words taken from every message I sent from my personal and work e-mail accounts in 2014. Some messages were sent when I was in the role of an artist, others were sent as a professor, a faculty colleague, a degree program coordinator, a search committee member, a husband, and a father.
Over 100,000 words were used in these messages. All proper nouns and other problematic words were removed, reducing the final word count to 47,743. At any given time, nine hundred of these words are randomly chosen to appear on screen in a typographic cloud. Periodically, one of forty sentence structures is randomly chosen and letters from words in the cloud move to make an original statement. As each statement’s letters return to the typographic cloud, their words are replaced with others randomly chosen from the tens of thousands in the project’s lexicon.