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ELO 2015: The End(s) of Electronic Literature

The Wandering: An Interactive Poetry Robot!

Jason Nelson (Griffith University, Australia)

Interventions: Engaging the Body Politic
Friday, August 7 • 17:30 - 18:30 (Visningsrommet USF)

In brief: An interactive self-guiding, self-charging poetry projecting robot!

This work represents a giant leap for digital poetry and writing. In collaboration with Griffith University’s engineering workshop, I am developing an interactive poetry projecting robot. The robotic work would wheel around the room, navigating around obstacles and people, projecting poetic text on to the walls. An alternative version for low-light environments will include two LCD screens instead of projectors. The texts will change depending on the color and spacing of surfaces around it. The text will also change based sound in the room or a series of select commands.

Description of Poetic Text being projected by the Wandering Poetry Robot:

All of the text will be animated, and a combination of hand-drawn elements and poetry. The poetry will be largely emotive, reflecting the same frustrations and wonders one might encounter if they adventure into unknown lands. As the sensors approach dark colors the text will transform into darker themes, or express poetic frustrations as it gets closer to objects, or exude curiosity and intrigue as it moves further away. The poetry robot will be a lost adventurer, expressing fear and desire through projected and auditory poetic texts.


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