Skip to main content

Exhibiting Poetry in Public Places Using a Network of Scattered QR Codes

  • Conference paper
  • 779 Accesses

Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST,volume 116)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

  • Quick Response code
  • QR
  • poetry
  • street game
  • smartphone
  • mobile
  • scanner

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-37982-6_2
  • Chapter length: 8 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-37982-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Transport for London, Poems in the Underground, http://goo.gl/NVZOt (retrieved)

  2. Benson, G., Chernaik, J., Cicely, H. (eds.): Poems on the Underground: No.10, W & N, Kent (2001)

    Google Scholar 

  3. Foster, J.: Critical Openness: A study of Poetry in Public Places, http://goo.gl/di9sS (retrieved)

  4. Khouw, I.: Leiden, the Dutch city of poems. The Jakarta Post (July 15, 2001), http://goo.gl/AhoLh (retrieved)

  5. Dikov, I.: Wall-to-Wall Poetry: How the Dutch Bring European Unity in Diversity to Sofia. Sofia News Agency (January 27, 2010), http://goo.gl/B2Lw2 (retrieved)

  6. Poetry is Public, http://www.poetryispublic.ca/

  7. Denso Corporation, https://www.denso-wave.com/

  8. Parikh, T.S., Lazowska, E.D.: Designing an architecture for delivering mobile information services to the rural developing world. In: Proceedings of the Seventh IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, vol. 21, pp. 31–33 (2006)

    Google Scholar 

  9. QR stenciler, http://goo.gl/Lgn1B

  10. Free Art & Technology, QR stenciler and QR Hobo Codes, http://goo.gl/1cRD2 (retrieved)

  11. Wordpress, http://www.wordpress.org

  12. WPtouch-Pro Wordpress Theme, http://www.bravenewcode.com/product/wptouch-pro/

  13. Krameri, R.: Walls that love poetry. Ethnos newspaper (April 15, 2012) (in Greek), http://goo.gl/jFz6t (retrieved)

  14. Palli, E.: Codepoetry: When poetry met technology. AMNA: Athinaiko-Makedoniko News Agency (May 18, 2012) (in Greek), http://goo.gl/w7kpT

  15. Rouvalis, V.: Codepoetry - a game of poetry in the city (September 11, 2011), http://goo.gl/UcoEi

  16. Krameri, R.: Putting poetry on the walls of Athens. Studying abroad in greece blog (September 8, 2012), http://goo.gl/BsbZP (retrieved)

  17. 2012 Data Summary on Participating European Mobile Operators, Export.gov., http://goo.gl/ENx5x (retrieved)

  18. Sterling, B.: 42 Major countries ranked by smartphone penetration rates (December 16, 2011), http://goo.gl/zmc41 (retrieved)

  19. comScore Digital Marketing Intelligence, QR Code Usage Among European Smartphone Owners Doubles Over Past Year, http://goo.gl/PUjb3

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2013 ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering

About this paper

Cite this paper

Papatheodorou, T., Dimitriadis, I. (2013). Exhibiting Poetry in Public Places Using a Network of Scattered QR Codes. In: De Michelis, G., Tisato, F., Bene, A., Bernini, D. (eds) Arts and Technology. ArtsIT 2013. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 116. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37982-6_2

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37982-6_2

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-642-37981-9

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-642-37982-6

  • eBook Packages: Computer ScienceComputer Science (R0)