Monday, July 7, 2003

Poetics of Space

Via Jean Chu comes CityPoems: Fifty million text messages are sent every day in Britain. We use them to organise our lives, gossip and even flirt. And we take our mobile phones everywhere. They have become like books with an unlimited number of blank pages waiting to be filled. CityPoems uses text messages to write the biography of a city.

Via Digital Yorkshire, CityPoems encourage people to try their hand at poetry, using their mobile phones to tell others about a personal landmark or just to reflect on life in Leeds ... In order to view the poems, a network of up to 30 signs called ‘PoemPoints’ set up around Leeds, display a unique key number. When this key number is sent as a text message a free poem relating to the location will be sent back to the reader’s mobile phone by SMS.

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