Making Love: Poetry In Motion is a living net artwork, that pulls tweets about love and compose an endless love poem in real time.
Making Love: Poetry In Motion is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., for its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.
There is a random aspect to love, we can not predict with whom we will fall in-love, where he or she will come from, and in which language we will hear words of affection that will excite us to our core and will flood our emotions.
This Net based artwork re-appropriates real time tweets about love, to compose an endless poem, by using semantic analysis algorithms. Random choices, made by each reader’s computer, float up random tweets, from which the poem is composed, thus each reader gets a different poem.
Poetry In Motion relies on networks of communication and social groups on twitter to be able to compose a sort of crowd-sourced poetry. By showing us streams of love tweets from the last few seconds, Poetry In Motion proves to us exactly how much love there is in the world every second (a lot!).
Turbulence is a project of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA). Now celebrating 19 years, Turbulence has commissioned over 230 works and exhibited and promoted artists’ work through its Artists Studios, Guest Curator, and Spotlight sections. As networking technologies have developed wireless capabilities and become mobile, Turbulence has remained at the forefront of the field by commissioning, exhibiting, and archiving the new hybrid networked art forms that have emerged. Turbulence works have been included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial (’00, ’02, ’04), and its Bit Streams and Data Dynamics exhibitions; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; C-Theory, Cornell University; Ars Electronica, Austria; International Festival of New Cinema and New Media, Montreal; European Media Arts Festival, Germany; and the Sundance Film Festival, among others.
Turbulence.org is in the process of being archived at the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. The project is discussed in Virtueel Platform Research: Archiving the Digital by Annet Dekker and Rachel Somers-Miles.