Jukebox with poetry in public space all over the world.

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New Poetry Jukebox in Greenwich Village

Come and listen for yourself. Inauguration taking place Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018, 5pm on the place of the triangle between 6th Ave and 8th Street.

Brusel

from 26. 9. 2017

Installation in Brusel next 
to European parlament.

Hlučín

27. 7. 2017

Temporary installation with selection of contemporary Moravian poets.

 

Locations:

Ruth E. Wittenberg Triangle, NYC, USA

New Poetry Jukebox installed in Greenwich Village. Inauguration taking place Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018, 5pm. No, it's not a disoriented submarine, nor a particularly excited exhaust pipe peeking from underneath the asphalt of Ruth E. Wittenberg triangle. It's a poetry jukebox, doing exactly as the name suggests: playing poetry on demand. You walk by, you press a button, you hear a poem. It’s strikingly simple and, well, kind of genius. You probably won't find “Hound dog” on its track list - but you might as well go for another dogged crowd pleaser, Ginsberg’s “Howl”! This is not the first installation of the ingenious concept into foreign territory. Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ireland, Scotland, Bulgaria, and Germany have all experienced the Jukebox, specifically designed to reflect the literary memory of its surroundings. Even New York City has one already: you might catch a glimpse of it in front of the Bowery Poetry Club, just around the corner from where the infamous CBGB once stood. Its grand opening in 2016 coincided with Allen Ginsberg’s 90th birthday anniversary, so it's no wonder its “tracks” feature a selection of 20 beat generation poems by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso and others. And the new acquisition in Greenwich Village? Will it be the uncatchable flow of Frank O'Hara? Perhaps the ominous echo of a certain romantic amateur ornithologist? Come and listen for yourself! The new installation for passers-by of the triangle between 6th Ave and 8th Street will be inaugurated on Tuesday, Oct 23 2018 at 5pm with a live performance in the honorable presence of Hynek Kmoníček, the current Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States.

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Hlučín, Czech republic

We are glad to return to North Moravia. Another place where you can now listen to the poem in the public space is Hlučín. We installed the Poesiomat in cooperation with the local Sport and Culture Organization Hlučín. Among the artists that you can listen to include local poets such as Radek Fridrich, Dan Jedlička, Lenka Daňhelová, Jan Němček, Radek Glabazňa or Irena Štastná.

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Bratislava, Slovak Republic

The first mobile Poetry Jukebox in Slovak Republic we prepare in our collaboration with the Czech Centre in Bratislava.

Kersko, Czech republic

The very first Poetry Jukebox based on texts from novels of Bohumil Hrabal. Let's go to the charming forest of Kersko and follow the memento of one of the most famous czech writers.

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Belfast, North Ireland

Come and listen to one of the most eclectic contemporary on-street sound installations featuring the finest poetry from Ireland and other places. This innovative project from Belfast based poets Deirdre Cartmill and Maria McManus is part of the Qoutidian – Word on the Street project which seeks to put poetry into public space, to surprise and delight the unsuspecting. We are prepare our unique first Norh Ireland Poetry Jukebox with the Crescent Art Centre in Belfast.

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Sofia, Bulgaria

The first Bulgarian Poetry Jukebox is situated in city garden Gradska Gradina in the center of Sofia. Prepared in the beautiful collaboration with The Czech Centre Sofia and the City of Sofia we opened in on 10th May of 2017 with the selection of contemporary Bulgarian writers during the festival The Literature Night in Sofia.

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Opava, Czech republic

The Poetry Jukebox in Opava was prepared in our collaboration with the local cultural organizers from Opavská kulturní organizace and Památník Petra Bezruče. From the May of 2017 you can find the park in the front of the Obecní dům in Opava the selection with contemporary authors from Moravian-Silesian region like Miroslav Černý, Radek Glabazňa or Dan Jedlička and the poems from classic local authors like Petr Bezruč.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Long term temporary installation in collaboration with the Edinburgh, City of Literature project. Started during April 2017. And, nowadays we are still looking for permanent place for our installation.

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Mariánské Lázně, Czech republic

Situated in the neighborhood of Městské muzeum Mariánské Lázně, this Poetry Jukebox offers to you a selection with Goethe in Czech and Germen and even with some contemporary writers.

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Klatovy, Czech republic

Tribute to local writers and Jaroslav Seifert in collaboration with local based project HIFI Club Klatovy and The City of Klatovy. Settle down in the historical center of the city, in the surroundings of old jesuit college.

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