There is a poem that writes "the saying that humans are starlights that came down to earth". Words are used routinely by everyone, but the combination of words gives special meaning and resonance. Poets use everyday language to make it into a beautiful and meaningful language of poetry. In the times of Ancient Greece, it was regarded that one wrote poetry when charmed by the inspirational muse. They saw the creation of poetry as a mystic and special process. If you want to write poetry but lack confidence, try with the help of 《Poetry Mix-up》 at COMO in July.
If you send short words or messages to twitter @poetrymixup or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, a lovely poetry is made up and presented. If you send the sentence "It's raining today", the meanings of the words are analyzed, passages from poems that contain the meaningful words are found and shown as new poetry. Especially because the result is shown through COMO's screens, you can enjoy it with other people. Just as poets of a poetry society proposed the day’s tense, created poems accordingly, and enjoyed a taste for the arts together, 《Poetry Mix-up》uses smartphones and internet technology to create an enormous poetry community. The poetry created by the verses given by visitors of SKT Tower at Seoul will also be enjoyed by the visitors at SKT Daejeon.
This summer, enjoy the pleasure of becoming a poet yourself with 《Poetry Mix-up》.
Venue COMO (SKT-tower, exit gate no.4 of Euljiro subway station, Daejeon SKT Dunsan Office)
Time 8:30a.m~7:00p.m, closed on weekends and national holidays
Organized by Art Center Nabi, SKTelecom
Artist Adrian David Cheok, Owen Noel Newton Fernando, Nimesha Ranasinghe, Zhu Kening, Akki Reddy Challa, Yongsoon Choi
Curator Art Center Nabi Creative Team
Coordinator Hyunjung Woo
Video Editing Hyojun Park
Video Screening Youngho Lee
〈Poetry Mix-up〉, 2011, 5,300 x 3,200mm, interactive installation
〈BlogWall〉 is a solution of blending the elegance of traditional poetry making process into modern communication dominated by SMS, POST-IT, micro-blogging that has resulted in fleeting and transient relationships. Our project provides such a platform to transform the users into the state of being a poet simply by sending a text message. The application enables a person not only to express herself artistically but also to broadcast one’s expression to the general public through tangible projection screen.
It extends the SMS to a new level of self-expression and social communication. The user stands in front of the system and sends a SMS to the given mobile number in order to create the poetry. It gives both the audience and the author the moment of awe in response to creation in real time. The application has another mode of communication known as polling mode which enables it to gather data from the public. In the poetry mode a poem will be created with the means of the user SMS.
The system was implemented to generate new poems by mixing existing poem lines according to the users input. The system maintains a list of words and qualifiers that influence the emotional state of the lines or messages. Based on the Russell Dimensions, the line is assigned numerical values based on the emotional weight along two axes. The system searches for the occurrence of these words in the message to craft the final output. The initial idea of 〈BlogWall〉 was inspired by the famous Japanese poetry named as 'Haiku'. This version of 〈BlogWall〉 is installed in the iSpace at Singapore Science center at the moment.
The second version of this system is named as 〈Poetry Mix-up〉 uses three steps to shortlist discrete sets of poem lines from a database of existing poem lines to shape a single coherent poem. The algorithm consists with a WSD layer, topic modeling layer, and a genetic algorithm based selection process. Furthermore, the message filter consists of SMS 'slang to English' converter and 'swear word' blocker. The slang to English converter filters the messages and get the most out of the input message while the swear word blocker blocks the respective phone number for a constant time if any inappropriate word is sent to the system.
Preliminary results of the algorithm are very encouraging, and definite qualitative. People find the system entertaining, and are curious to experiment. The output of the system generally appealed to the user. In addition to the available features, captivating possibilities can be provided to the users to pick genre types and authors for the poem. Examples could include 'a Shakespearean poetry generator' or 'Limerick generator'. This could increase the appeal of the application, and potentially increase the effectiveness of coming up with a poem that is relevant and entertaining. It could also have a layer that checks for rhyme and rhythm aspects of the poem in the genetic algorithm section.
The new version of the system will setup at the Kent Ridge MRT station (@National University of Singapore) in this year.
Adrian David Cheok is currently a professor at MXR lab (Mixed Reality Lab) of the Interactive Digital Media Institute at National University of Singapore, and head of the Keio-NUS CUTE Center – a joint media research center between Keio University of Japan and National University of Singapore. MXR lab and Keio-NUS CUTE center researchers include Owen Noel Newton Fernando, Nimesha Ranasinghe, Zhu Kening, Akki Reddy Challa, and Yongsoon Choi.