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The Typewriter Project: Tompkins Square Park

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Hi Everyone! 

We are super excited to announce the relaunch of our interactive literary art installation with a blast from the past: The Typewriter Project! The Typewriter Project's latest installment will bring together the diverse and talented voices of NYC's Alphabet City. The project will be open to the public from June 15th to July 19th, from 3pm-8pm on Monday-Friday, and 12pm-8pm on Saturdays & Sundays. The installation will be located on the south side of Tompkins Square Park near the Hare Krishna tree.

The Typewriter Project is a series of literary art installations completely run by public participation. The project is comprised of small, wooden shelters just big enough for a seat, desk, and typewriter, which invite passer-bys to join in a citywide linguistic exchange that exists in both the analog and digital realms. The booth is 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 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 this specific corner 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. 

So get ready for the spectacular opening event on Monday, June 15th from 6-8pm! There will be snacks, music, and typewriters galore! This opening and the project itself are completely free and open to the public. 

The scrolls produced during this iteration of the project will be on display at The New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island on July 25th and 26th along with the booth itself, so don't forget to register for the (also FREE) NYC Poetry Festival today!

For more information about The Typewriter Project, please visit subconsciousofthecity.com

Follow @typewriternyc on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the project, and don't forget to hashtag #thetypewriterproject. 

Special thanks to The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Jack Zylkin of USB Typewriter, and Hoban Press for their support. 

xoxoxoxo

Steph & Nick
PSNY

NYC Parks & Recreation’s "Art in the Parks" program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art



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