ROBO POEMS
is micro-radio poetry, powered by the city.

Small, self-contained transmitters, transmitting on specific frequencies, are hidden in the city. They sponge their energy from public power sockets, light fixtures and transmission lines to deliver their monologues. Listeners/walkers/neighbors tune in on portable radios, and move from one transmission field to the next, cross-fading transmitted messages as they walk through the city.

ROBO POEMS TELLS THE THOUGHTS AND STORIES OF A DISENCHANTED TECHNO-BEING - A ROBOT LOSING HIMSELF IN THE SPACE AND PEOPLE OF LOWER MANHATTAN, NYC.

ROBO POEMS is a collaborative project by artist/researcher Jamie Allen and Kingston, Ontario author/poet Corey Murphy.

Concept and initial development for ROBO POEMS was part of a residency at Eyebeam, NYC. Some of the hardware hacks and other ideas came out of a transmitter building workshop Jamie did with Tianna Kennedy of free103point9.

Further research and production support through Culture Lab, UK.

Presentation at CONFLUX 2009, September 17-20.

Website built using the oh-so fantastic Indexhibit.