Plinko Poetry II

An interactive installation that invites people to create blackout poetry.
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Plinko Poetry is an interactive installation that invites audiences to create blackout poetry using current news titles from different news sources. The interface allows people to remove words from their original context to become a playful and satirical reminder of their meaning.

Players can pick a ball and drop it down from the top of the Plinko Poetry machine. The peg board in the front of the machine will alter the ball's path in a random direction, and the words behind the ball will be immediately highlighted. In this way, the machine blacks out all the other words and displays a poem made up of only the words. A printer then prints out the poem for players.

Commision:ACM Siggraph 2016 Art Gallery

Dimensions:8 x 8 x 2 ft
 2.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 m


Medium:Projection canvas, projector, printer,
 LED and controller,
 PVC pipes,
 Customized circuit board and software,
 Acrylic, Stainless steel

Press:Interaction, issue May-June, March-April
 Fast Company
 Make Magazine
 Leonardo, “Data Materialities Art Gallery”: Plinko Poetry, published by MIT Press

Related Project:Plinko Poetry

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