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Exhibiting Poetry in Public Places Using a    Network of Scattered QR CodesTheodoros Papatheodorou          Ioannis Dimitr...
Poetry in the past           ●   center of public life           ●   vital in strengthing communal ties           ●   taug...
Poetry today●   oral tradition is weaker●   advent of new media●   poetry has been displaced    to a more private sphere
Poetry in public              transport●   Poems on the London Underground    –   started in 1986    –   poems on small pa...
Poetry in public                transport●   Reaction...    –   adopted by London buses    –   copied by other cities arou...
Poetry on the wall (Leiden)
Poetry on the wall          (Leiden)●   Reaction:     –   has been emulated in other Dutch cities     –   in 2004 the Dutc...
our approach...
QR codes●   by DensoWave in 1994●   today used:    –   consumer goods tracking    –   ticketing    –   marketing    –   pr...
QRs ideal for our project1. an ISO standard & Denso does not exercise patent rights2. easily scanned on all mobile platfor...
static vs. dynamic content                   codepoetry.gr                    random poem     QR scanner        App
●   Content    –   only living poets         ● to enhance interactivity         ● promote emerging poets    –   20% of poe...
Mobile version          QR scanner             App
Quantitative results●   300 surviving stamps●   100 visitors/day●   avg visit lasts: 1 ½ minutes●   avg number of pages: 2...
Qualitative results●   relatively well known cult urban game●   people react very positively●   smartphones more popular a...
Future predictions●   We expect visits to increase:    –   smartphones 25-35% penetration in Greece    –   pan-european av...
v   2.0●   New interface
v   2.0●   New interface●   More ways to participate:    –   submit poem    –   print stencil/stickers and spread the word...
v   2.0
v   2.0
info@codepoetry.gr
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation
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Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation

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Presentation of codepoetry, a game of poetry in the city at the ArtsIT conference in Milan, Italy in March 2013.

Abstract of paper presented:

Our goal was to remove poetry from its usual setting, exhibit it in public places and let the unsuspecting citizen engage with it in a way that he is unaccustomed to. We thus came up with codepoetry, a poetry game in the city. A large number of QR barcodes, spray painted on walls around central Athens using a large metallic stencil, tempt passers-by into scanning them using a smartphone in order to reveal a random poem from a curated online collection to which participating modern Greek writers and members of the public have contributed. The experience is further enhanced by allowing visitors to leave comments underneath the verses. The public context in combination with the use of smartphones and the feeling of playful discovery, helps familiarize the audience with poetry and demystifies this form of expression.

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Codepoetry - ArtsIT presentation

  1. 1. Exhibiting Poetry in Public Places Using a Network of Scattered QR CodesTheodoros Papatheodorou Ioannis DimitriadisLecturer - Computational Media Poet / Translator Athens School of Fine Arts ainigma.net
  2. 2. Poetry in the past ● center of public life ● vital in strengthing communal ties ● taught moral values “if I were Prime Minister for a day I would hang all the poets... they are to blame for all the wars.”
  3. 3. Poetry today● oral tradition is weaker● advent of new media● poetry has been displaced to a more private sphere
  4. 4. Poetry in public transport● Poems on the London Underground – started in 1986 – poems on small panels normally for adverts – wide selection of material
  5. 5. Poetry in public transport● Reaction... – adopted by London buses – copied by other cities around the world – best poems published ● 9th ed. sold > 250k ● now in its 11th ed. – poetry competitions in Paris
  6. 6. Poetry on the wall (Leiden)
  7. 7. Poetry on the wall (Leiden)● Reaction: – has been emulated in other Dutch cities – in 2004 the Dutch embassy in Sofia launched a similar project – Other cities have followed Cesare Simonetti , Treno In Corsa
  8. 8. our approach...
  9. 9. QR codes● by DensoWave in 1994● today used: – consumer goods tracking – ticketing – marketing – product labelling – digital content downloads
  10. 10. QRs ideal for our project1. an ISO standard & Denso does not exercise patent rights2. easily scanned on all mobile platforms3. great storage capacity allows for strong error correction4. contains metadata enabling the phones to respond according to content type
  11. 11. static vs. dynamic content codepoetry.gr random poem QR scanner App
  12. 12. ● Content – only living poets ● to enhance interactivity ● promote emerging poets – 20% of poems contributed by members of the public ● we act as curators
  13. 13. Mobile version QR scanner App
  14. 14. Quantitative results● 300 surviving stamps● 100 visitors/day● avg visit lasts: 1 ½ minutes● avg number of pages: 2 ½● 80% of visits are from scanning the QR
  15. 15. Qualitative results● relatively well known cult urban game● people react very positively● smartphones more popular among young● increasing number of poems from general audience● people get in touch with poets● mainstream press and t.v. has covered the project
  16. 16. Future predictions● We expect visits to increase: – smartphones 25-35% penetration in Greece – pan-european avg of people that have used their phone to scan a QR is 14% – expansion of our QR network – we involve more people
  17. 17. v 2.0● New interface
  18. 18. v 2.0● New interface● More ways to participate: – submit poem – print stencil/stickers and spread the word – setup a codepoetry chapter in your city/language
  19. 19. v 2.0
  20. 20. v 2.0
  21. 21. info@codepoetry.gr

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