Step into a photobooth for poetry. Adjust the stool, create a typopoem and wait as it is printed for you. This is the Typomatic, a literary installation created in collaboration between members of the French performance art group ALIS, scholars and students from the University of Technology of Compiègne, and the interactive design studio Buzzing Light. The poetry is based on the Poésie à 2 mi-mots, a technique invented by Pierre Fourny in 2000 that could be translated into English as two half-words poetry or between the lines poetry or cutting edge poetry. This technique plays with the shapes of letters: words are cut in two horizontally and positioned so that a new word emerges from the originals. Fourny developed software for this but most presentations have used paper, objects and videos, allowing readers to forget the digital processing involved. With the Typomatic, the Poésie à 2 mi-mots combines the digital with the pleasure of paper, offering visitors a printed typoticket. The work plays with the relationship between art and machine, reminding us of the playfulness that the original photo booths engendered. Read more at www.typomatic.org
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