The latest from Google: An interactive art installation that turns your words into poetry

Talk about enhancing a construction project.

Google has unveiled Poetrics, an interactive art installation at the future site of their new offices in the Kings Cross neighborhood of London. Poetrics is the result of  a competition run in partnership with University of the Arts London’s Central Saint Martins to create an “interactive experience for the Kings Cross community”.

The installation utilizes Google’s voice search technology and the Google Speech platform and features 17 LED panels that display the words spoken into various microphones placed around the building site as randomly created poetry.

“We saw Poetrics as an opportunity for people to have a collective and meaningful experience playing with language and the absurd, just as the Dada did in their surrealist game ‘the Exquisite Corpse’ says Laura Ventura Ricart, a member of the Poetrics team.

Source: Google has created a billboard that turns your words into poetry | Irish Examiner

h/t Don Share

“From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!” – Printing Wikipedia for art’s sake

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The latest exhibition at the Denny Gallery features a sampling of Michael Mandiberg’s wild project called “Print Wikipedia.”

Here’s the skinny:

Print Wikipedia is a both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the futility of the scale of big data. Mandiberg has written software that parses the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database and programmatically lays out thousands of volumes, complete with covers, and then uploads them for print-on-demand.


Built on what is likely the largest appropriation ever made, it is also a work of found poetry that draws attention to the sheer size of the encyclopedia’s content and the impossibility of rendering Wikipedia as a material object in fixed form: Once a volume is printed it is already out of date. The work is also a reflection on the actual transparency or completeness of knowledge containers and history.

The exhibition itself “will be the performance of the upload of Print Wikipedia to” (which will take between 11-14 days!).  Selected volumes from this massive data trove will then be featured in the exhibition.

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The gallery plans to remain open around the clock through the first weekend as a homage to the computer which will be uploading data continuously.

Visitors will also have two options to watch this massive undertaking unfold – one being a projection of the site in a web browser and the other a computer monitor with the command line updates showing the dialogue between the code and the site. 

Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/The New York Times

And of course the kicker is once a volume is printed it is already out of date.

Individual volumes and the entirety of Print Wikipedia, Wikipedia Table of Contents, and Wikipedia Contributor Appendix will be available for sale at the gallery but since “the build and upload process will take place in real time; until this process begins, exact metrics for the scale of the work can only be estimated.”


More: Moving Wikipedia From Computer to Many, Many Bookshelves – The New York Times

Exhibit page at Denny Gallery

A library built with 50,000 free books hopes to debut at the Bay Area Book Festival


It’s called Lacuna and if all goes well this spectacular homage to books, libraries and public space will be open for business at the Bay Area Book Festival that will be held in June.

Commissioned by the Bay Area Book Festival and created by the FLUX Foundation Lacuna is hailed as an interactive art installation, a library, and a monument to books. It is constructed with 50,000 books that can be removed from its walls and taken home for free.

Why Lacuna?

Lacuna is about rekindling that sense of wonder we all have experienced with books. We want people to be enthralled and captivated by Lacuna, and to feel excitement in the process of selecting a book and taking it home to keep.


We especially want kids to experience this. The Bay Area Book Festival has a ton of activities specifically for kids, and Lacuna’s location in the festival is right by the children’s zone. We want kids to see Lacuna and get excited… we want them to take books, to sit and read books, and to build a connection to books in their physical form

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Thanks to the Internet Archive they already have the books, all 50,000 of them! The blueprints are done and the volunteers are all in place.

There still remains; however, a financial need and the festival organizers have taken to Kickstarter in hopes of raising $10,000 to complete the project.

Kickstarter page

A Library & Public Art Space Built with 50,000 Free Books | Visual News.

Previously on Book Patrol:
The Free Book Incident: Nothing to Buy, Nothing to Return