Computational Flâneur


Walk around the park while an AI procedurally generates poetry for you.

Computational Flâneur requires an iPhone to play.

By Mike Lazer-Walker

Come Out & Play SF Festival 2016
Urban Explorations

 

 

Presented by Come Out & Play SF with the support of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.

Computational Flâneur is a site-specific generative poetry walk designed for Fort Mason. As you wander the park at your own leisure, a robotic poet composes poetry just for you, based entirely off of where you walk, how quickly you’re moving, and other factors. The quasi-nonsense computerized babble being spoken in your ear is meant to help pull you out of your own thoughts just enough to augment your perception of the physical space as you walk through it, evoking the 19th-century Parisian tradition of flânerie.

Computational Flâneur requires an iPhone to play.

About the Artist

Mike Lazer-Walker makes interactive art, experimental games, and software tools. As a game designer and artist, his work has been featured at the events ranging from IndieCade and the Game Developer’s Conference to the Smithsonian museum and NPR’s All Things Considered. Most recently, he was a researcher with the MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems research group, focusing on storytelling at the intersection of experiential theatre, interactive fiction, and audio-based AR.

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