Plinko Poetry is a new interface for electronic poetic expression by Deqing Sun and Inessah Selditz, two Master’s Candidate students at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Drawing source text from current @nytimes and @FoxNews tweets, players can absurdly re-contextualize news headlines that are often overloaded with meaning.
With roots in The Price Is Right and experimental blackout poetry- every player can be both a winner and a poet!
The interface of Plinko Poetry uses Processing to display alternate scrolling lines of current tweets from the New York Times and Fox News. When a user drops a chip, it randomly hits pegs on the way down. The word under each peg that is hit is highlighted, with the untouched pegs automatically darkened. Plinko Poetry uses openFrameworks camera color tracking to determine which pegs have been encountered. When the chip comes to a stop, the user is left with a trail of blackout poetry which is then live tweeted to @PlinkoPoetry. Ultimately users will create a new corpus of ever changing poetic text based on the zeitgeist of current headlines.