Touchscreen poetry: analyzing gestural digital poems

G. Ferri

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Interactive Poetry is a lively genre within E-Lit and interactive digital narrative that was made more accessible by the diffusion of tablets with “multitouch” screens allowing relatively complex gestural UIs on consumer-level hardware. This paper leverages pragmatist aesthetics to critically interrogate three exemplar pieces (Strange Rain, What They Speak When They Speak to Me? and Vniverse) that produce poetic effects by inviting gestural interactions. In conclusion, two critical concepts (“isomorphism” and “heteromorphism”) are demonstrated for future design and research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive storytelling
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 30 - December 4, 2015, proceedings
EditorsHenrik Schoenau-Fog, Luis Emilio Bruni, Sandy Louchart, Sarune Baceviciute
Place of PublicationCham
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


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