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Google Poetrics: Creating Poetry on Kings Boulevard

CSM Students_Laura Ventura Ricart, Emily Kimura and Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai
CSM Students_Laura Ventura Ricart, Emily Kimura and Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai
CSM Students Laura Ventura Ricart, Emily Kimura and Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai.
Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
27 August 2015

Google Poetrics Installation at Kings Cross

If you’re coming to visit CSM from King’s Cross you’ll encounter something unusual as you begin to walk up Kings Boulevard.

Google’s new offices are gradually taking shape behind the hoardings on Kings Boulevard and to keep the space interesting in the meantime, the company have enlisted the skills of our MA Narrative Environments students after holding a design competition last year. Several ideas were pitched in response and the winning concept was ‘Poetrics’ which was developed by Laura Ventura, Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai and Emily Kimura.

The students’ installation consists of a series of microphones and LED panels that use the Google Speech platform to turn spoken words into poetry. In doing so, they’ve combined technology and creativity in a way which will hopefully bring the vibrant and often transient population of the area together.

Tricia Austin, Course Leader, MA Narrative Environments at CSM:

The project was an excellent opportunity for students to explore how to make the city a more convivial place. They cleverly devised an interactive that allows multiples levels of engagement for any number of different people’.

If you’ve tried it out let us know what you think.

CSM Students Laura Ventura Ricart, Emily Kimura and Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai.

CSM Students Laura Ventura Ricart, Emily Kimura and Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai.

Emily Kimura and Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai

Emily Kimura and Yunqi (Vanessa) Cai