Poetrics is a fun, surprising and engaging mechanism to bring anonymous people together: To participate into a collective experience through randomly created poetry.
We realised the feeling of disconnection between the transient people, to each other and to King’s Boulevard; we wanted to give a new identity to the space where people could freely express themselves in a controlled environment such as King’s Cross. Applying the Surrealist game “ Exquisite Corpse” to our proposal, we create a dichotomy between high culture and playfulness, an easy to use system of voice recording such as Google Speech API and low- tech split flap boarding that creates meaningful and fun experiences for the passerby.
The system is simple: A movement sensor will activate three different microphones, capturing words spoken at different ranges; from the more active user who would get close to the microphone and speak a word, to the most passive users who will walk by and random words of the conversation might be caught by the microphone. The recorded voice will then transfer the word to the split- flap board, where it will be then displayed. The split-flap board is organized in three rows of 5, 7, and 5 words, together creating a seventeen-word poem, inspired
by the arrangement of Japanese haikus. These words will be changing constantly, and creating new stories every time.
These poems could be shared afterwards in Instagram with the hash tag. It will serve as a platform to review the poems created during the days of the display and seeing what sentences have been created by them and overall bringing together the new community of King’s Cross with poetry.
My teams proposal was selected and purchased as a winning concept and design by GoogleUK. The installation will be a key interactive feature that will welcome everyone to the new GoogleUK headquarters.