Traversing Semantic Space

Project Description

I love word association football; instances in songs and poetry when a single word acts as the end of one sentence and is the first word of the next. Every word has the chance to act as a pivot where the meaning linking it to the previous synonym gets swapped out for a new meaning linking it to the next. It can be difficult at times to follow and think of the meaning that links two synonyms together as one word bounces to the next.


Starting with the same word each quadrant traces its own unique path to its antonym. The path is constructed by choosing only from each subsequent word’s synonyms. I generated the word sequences using python which scraped synonyms from the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.

The animation was constructed in Houdini and rendered in Redshift.

True - False

Good - Evil

©2020 by Travis Saul