The Typewriter Project

“From a distance, the small, narrow booth resembles a confessional.”

-The New York Times

The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific installations which invite passersby to join in a communal, poetic exchange that exists in both analog and digital forms.

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.

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Since its launch in 2014, The Typewriter Project has seen over 21,000 unique contributions...