Text Fields is an exhibition of interactive and generative artworks by Morgan Green, presented by the New Media Caucus Header/Footer Gallery and curated by Rene G. Cepeda. These works are interactive, but they do not have an explicit goal. Instead, they invite you to interact with curiosity and imagine an expansive notion of "text" when it comes to making meaning.
Put simply, a text is anything that can be read, it is how we communicate, however, text has deeper meanings. Text also has visual qualities, in Institutio Oratoria, Marcus Fabius Quintilianus tells us, "after you have chosen your words, they must be weaved together into a fine and delicate fabric", the latin word for fabric is textum. The weaving of works is both metaphorically and visually, just as we choose our works to make ourselves understood and communicate emotions and ideas, different fonts and typefaces change the texture of the page, and through that our perception of its content.
In Text Fields, Morgan Green takes the metaphorical and visual qualities of text to explore the multiple levels at which text itself operates, as a visual texture, a delivery system for meaning and as an interface itself. Morgan’s works embrace the textum (Fabric) qualities of text through the use of depth, translucency and layers and gives you the possibility to weave your own texts. These may be literal poems where the text weaves around itself, or overlapping shapes and images that retain the qualities of text while pushing the limits of what text, the sign, design and even language are. How far can we push these ideas before they break, the metaphorical fabric tears and meaning is lost.
—Rene G. Cepeda