The Typewriter Project

January 25, 2016 - March 7, 2016

From January 25 to March 7, the Pen and Brush gallery will host a typewriter booth in partnership with the Poetry Society of New York’s Typewriter Project.

The Typewriter Project is site-specific literary installation which invites passersby to join in a citywide linguistic exchange that exists in both the analog and digital realms. The booth in the gallery will be outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter™ kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. The project is largely inspired by the idea of an Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist writing game in which several authors contribute to one poem. Obviously each entry in The Typewriter Project can be its own distinct lyric, but we hope that users will also be influenced by what was written before them on the scroll. By creating a new and unique form of public dialogue, this project hopes to capture something of the sound, narrative, and nuance of specific corners of the city. The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word.

You can access the digital side of The Typewriter Project (including Pen and Brush contributions) at the website http://subconsciousofthecity.com/.

The Typewriter Project’s first installation appeared on Governors Island at the New York City Poetry Festival in July 2014. It has since been exhibited in Tompkins Square Park and STORY in Chelsea.

The Typewriter Project, the brainchild of Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski, is a program of The Poetry Society of New York, producers of The Poetry Brothel and The New York City Poetry Festival. The Typewriter Project has been made possible by The Trust for Governors Island, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, NYC Parks, USB Typewriter™, Hoban Press, Valley View Farms, and “The Monster.”




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