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Species of Bunker Spaces

PoetAr—spoken-word poetry becomes spatial sculptures @ Vicis 2018

PoetAR is an on-going project exploring the possible interconnections between poetic texts, spoken-word practices and responsive typography. It uses augmented reality to offer site-specific immersive experiences. ​

Using AR tools, Merav Perez and Matan Zohar are developing real-time and site-specific interpretations poetic texts and spoken-word poetry practices. Since the very nature of these practices is temporal, ephemeral, and spatial, they are looking for new visual tools within an AR application that could capture the uniqueness and transiency of every reading. The project (an app) begins with a simple gesture of generating a virtual sculpture. After the user reads each line of the poetic text, he can place it in space, creating an exciting interplay between literal meaning and spatial conditions.

The project is now entering an ambitious phase, developing a dedicated hand-writing parametric font. Each letter, and every letter combination, will have a few variables that change according to vocal parameters, such as dynamics of tone. Sound is being translated from intensities and particularities to a visual and spatial output. By analysing vocal input, different typographic layouts, that capture the uniqueness of every different act of reading, can be displayed. By bringing these into the public realm the team aims at offering a new experience for poets, spoken-word artists, and readers alike.

During the opening event of the exhibition VICIS // ALWAYS CHANGE A RUNNING SYSTEM, a dedicated version of the PoetAR application will be presented and tested on-site. The visitors will be able to download the application and sculpt their own typographical virtual graffiti while exploring the Bunker spaces. Given the nature of the exhibition space, this version of the app is based on excerpts from “Species of Spaces and Other Pieces” by the French writer Georges Perec. The juxtaposition of Perec’s strong lines about “The Uninhabitable [spaces]”, against the walls of the Bunker, will amplify and enhance the text with new meanings in every personal interpretation of each visitor.

This version of the application is using the multilingual “Abraham” font, designed by the typography consultant of this project, Daniel Grumer.

Part of the exhibition VICIS // ALWAYS CHANGE A RUNNING SYSTEM | March 3—11, 2018 | Architekturgalerie München im BUNKER | mcbw.