A Collaborative Visualization of a Poem
In this project we were hired by Pequod
as Interaction Designers. Pequod is a literary magazine in Sweden. They release four issues a year and are keen on introducing new talents or new style of work. They have always had physical issues and as a form of exploring the new realm of Digital Poetry, they decided to have one online issue. For the online issue that was released in April 2011, They had a few poets who were open to new challenges in mind. One of those poets was Azita Ghahreman
During our sessions with Azita, we learned of her style and also, we learnt that she is working on a collaborative poem. We decided on having her start the poem and asking her fans to continue it.
On the next step, Azita decided that she want to have a silent video poem. We started to sketch out ideas.
The final idea was to have Azita’s readers continue the poem she starts and interpret it as they see fit.
On this step we had to come up with a plan on how we are to gather all of that content. We also decided to have the readers give us their piece in the form of a silent video that was under 10 seconds and would start with the last element they see in the previous video submitted by another reader.
The video that the reader wanted to submit had to start with the last element they see in the previous video submitted by another reader.
Then we created a wireframe of the sketches to try the idea out.
The idea was for Azita to start the poem with a video.
After a few of the submitted videos arrived, she would readjust the direction of the poem by submitting a video and in the end, she would have a closing video.
However, after we tested this idea out we had to make a minor adjustment. Azita wanted to have a more natural flow of the storyline and she decided she does not want to interfere the flow of the videos and that she only wants to have the start and then after everyone submitted their videos, to add a closing video.
In the end the fruit of so many creative minds was a video thread. The poem was exhibited at the ceremony of the launch of Pequod’s online issue