The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which invite passersby to join in a citywide linguistic exchange that exists in both the analog and digital realms. These typewriter booths are each outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter™ kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. The project is largely inspired by the idea of an Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist writing game in which several authors contribute to one poem. Obviously each entry in The Typewriter Project can be its own distinct lyric, but we hope that users will also be influenced by what was written before them on the scroll. By creating a new and unique form of public dialogue, this project hopes to capture something of the sound, narrative, and nuance of specific corners of the city. The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word.
The Typewriter Project’s first installation appeared on Governors Island at the New York City Poetry Festival in July 2014. It has since been exhibited in Tompkins Square Park, McCarren Park, at STORY, at Pen + Brush, and at The New York City Poetry Festival in 2015 & 2016. The Typewriter Project has several upcoming installations. The project will be simultaneously installed in TWO locations during the entire month of April, National Poetry Month. One booth will be located in the iconic Strand Bookstore in New York City, with an opening event on April 1st! The other booth will make its very first trip out of state to North Hills in Raleigh, NC! The Raleigh installation is sponsored by community bookstore Quail Ridge Books, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their invitation down to Raleigh. The Typewriter Project will also be exhibited all summer long at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ with a launch event on May 5th. Stay tuned for more 2017 installation information!
The Typewriter Project, the brainchild of Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski, is a program of The Poetry Society of New York, producers of The Poetry Brothel and The New York City Poetry Festival. The Typewriter Project has been made possible by The Trust for Governors Island, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, NYC Parks, USB Typewriter™, Hoban Press, Valley View Farms, and “The Monster.”