A web based Art work and site specific installation
by the New York media sculptor John Long
The Los Angeles poet and founder of the Telepoetics network
Merilene M. Murphy
The Washer: World Street Poetry
Using the web to create a global collaborative poetic mixture
of Street sounds and voices from all continents.
Based on the power of MP3 audio files to be exchanged over the internet,
La Lava takes the Napster.com
concept and software out of the realm of piracy into the realm of
The telepoetics network is used to collect a data base of ambient street
sounds and poetic expressions from all continents and cultures of the globe.
These sounds in the form of MP3 files are stored on notebook computers
that are used in a site specific installation and connected via the
internet to each other through the napster.com server.
Using simple keyboard macro and java scripts visitors to the installation
can DJ mix the poetry and street sounds from the other computer in the
room over the internet and hear the mixture played back in the room.
The physical site installation is the " washer", a 1 meter
white cube with a circular opening in the top. around it are the
"keyboards" of the notebook computers. Inside is covered with mirrors
and has a DVD player and monitor which plays a swirling mixture of faces
and street images from around the world. Speakers play the
sounds of the live mixed street sounds and poetry into the room by pressing
the custom keys of the keyboards to create unique live networked global
Merilene M. Murphy PeazRitr@mediaone.net 323 419-0001
John Long firstname.lastname@example.org 718 472-0914
all rights reserved 2000 telepoetics inc. and John Long