Poetry Machine (project)
It's a box that contains a receipt printer and an interface with several buttons. A user would press a button that reflects their emotional state (happy, sad, anxious, etc.), then the machine prints out a more-or-less appropriate poem on a receipt printer, beautifully formatted and embellished with simple artwork.
It could be occasionally repurposed for certain themes, like Pride Month to print out queer poems.
I want to place it someplace public and well-trafficked, like Dolores Park or on Castro Street.
I like poetry. The idea of a (free) vending machine that gives me a poem to uplift my day excites me. But I wonder if this appeals to others enough to be worth fully realizing. I don't want to spend time and money building something that'll go totally unloved.
Also curious about anti-vandalism measures or ideas. I'm sure some jerk will try graffiti-ing it or peeing on it.
Lastly, anyone interested in collaborating?
I do like the idea. There was something similar near me. There was a mail slot on a closed storefront painted to look like a fortune teller. People put in questions and then the answers appeared the next day on the storefront window. More manual, but that same sort of artistic call/response mediated by anonymity.
I think you'll be well served accepting the eventual damage or ending of the poetry machine as inevitable. Love it for what it is, and know that it won't last as long as your love for the concept.
Just bumping this up once to see if anyone else is interested in the idea of a machine that prints poetry In a public space. ;)
Cool idea! Always nice seeing things like the neighborhood libraries or food gardens.
It might be nice to allow contributions from the community? Something like a QR code or drop box to-be-scanned.
A small suggestion might be to incorporate artwork of eyes on it:
I think I'll start with a static corpora from the Chicago Poetry Foundation which I can manually annotate. I think that if the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, I'll build something more complex with a wireless connection. 🙂
I really like this idea! It would make sense that giving the chassis an anthropomorphic form would deter people from vandalizing it. It's hard to hurt something when it stares back.
Very much reminds me of this fantastic project from 2019:
Short story vending machines to transport London commuters
The Guardian – Alison Flood – 2nd April 2019
Reminds me of THIS machine at the OAK airport. It might be worth taking a look at its design for ideas.