Poetry on the Road


Creating fictional landscapes from poetry and establishing a visual identity for the 14th Poetry on the Road Festival, in Bremen, Germany. 



Scope of Work

  • Generative Design

Website Credits

The words of twenty five authors from fifteen coun­tries and spanning four languages formed the compu­ta­tion­al basis of different generated media forms. The visualization utilized natural language processing, visual mapping, Jan Rybicki’s TransVis research for detecting author finger­ prints, Yahoo’s geocoding service, and lemmata distri­bu­tions to establish textual and geographical relationships of the different texts.

The landscape formed a graphical map of a fictional poetic and abstract illus­tra­tions in a proced­ural design frame­work, and continued a series of more than ten years in which all works are in the festival presented in a unique visual form.

Voronoi study based on the Conic Equidistant Projection which has the useful property that distances along the meridians are proportionately correct.
Voronoi study based on the Lambert azimuthal equal-area projection, which is a particular mapping from a sphere to a disk (that is, a region bounded by a circle).
Lemmata distri­bu­tion study
In its 14th iter­a­tion in June 2013, Poetry On The Road presented works of 25 authors from 15 coun­tries in 4 languages.

Credits & References

Studio NAND

Project lead Boris Müller & one/one

References isoline-based terrain gener­a­tion process; onformative’s example of how to use a blob detec­tion algorithm to create contour lines