International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

Interactive Storytelling pp 3-13

Touchscreen Poetry: Analyzing Gestural Digital Poems

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27036-4_1

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9445)
Cite this paper as:
Ferri G. (2015) Touchscreen Poetry: Analyzing Gestural Digital Poems. In: Schoenau-Fog H., Bruni L., Louchart S., Baceviciute S. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9445. Springer, Cham


Interactive Poetry is a lively genre within E-Lit and interactive digital narrative that was made more accessible by the diffusion of tablets with “multitouch” screens allowing relatively complex gestural UIs on consumer-level hardware. This paper leverages pragmatist aesthetics to critically interrogate three exemplar pieces (Strange Rain, What They Speak When They Speak to Me? and Vniverse) that produce poetic effects by inviting gestural interactions. In conclusion, two critical concepts (“isomorphism” and “heteromorphism”) are demonstrated for future design and research.


Poetry Gestural interfaces Pragmatism Aesthetics Semiotics 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hogeschool van AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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