Poet of Space

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When it comes to creating a storytelling my favorite medium used to be photography. I was always inspired by a moment from real places because I liked recreating a sort of poetic narrative with a rich context of these non-fiction materials.

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Inspiration

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Chinese old paintings – A poem is on the landscape painting.

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Robert Mongomery built statues of a poem on actual spaces.

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Jenny Holzer delivers her idea overlaying public spaces by taking advantage of the context of them.

Idea development

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#1 Chat with the world

When you stroll along a familiar road or gaze at raindrops through a window, you might feel the outside world is trying to talk to you. It is always delightful to bump into a certain moment in the real world. Unlike digitally imprisoned texts, ocean breeze, autumn leaves, and coffee aroma are wide open. What if we could chat with the real world using chatbot? I Made a mobile device captures various segments of our world and modified UI of a chatbot program and attached a micro-size projector so that a message of Chabot is projected onto randomly selected moments and spaces in the real world. What if the world could say something back to me? What if we could chat with the world?

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Chat log

Q : Why does everything stop me?

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Q : There’s no place like home, isn’t it?

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Q : Exhausting day?

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Q : Is the seat available?

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Q : Are you there?

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Q : Is money power?

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Q : In or out?

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#2 World of reverie

What if we could create a collective narrative with memories about places?? World of Reverie is a collaborative story-making platform based on your spatial memory. It takes advantage of already existing data about places, Google Street View with a substantial amount of image data about, which becomes a visual stimulus for users to remember things about the certain place. It helps your memory revives again, even if it’s not accurate. When you see a certain familiar place through the Street View, it’s like a dream because it is very familiar but unfamiliar at the same time. But somehow the image of the place triggers you to fall into some reverie, there are some nonfiction things about yourself from your memory, and also fictional things based on the understating of the context of that place. You can search the somewhere where you were in the past. It could be a specific address or just keyword. Then you can write any reverie coming from the memory about the place. You can put it anywhere you want. The more you zoom out, the bigger the text will be. Grayscale of the Street View isn’t too specific to go back to your time and leads you to fall into a dream.

Link to demo / Source Code

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Development into AR app

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