The Subconscious of the City is a series of site-specific literary installations which invite passersby to join in a citywide poetic exchange that exists in both analog and digital realms.
These typewriter booths are each 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 Subconscious of the City can be its own distinct lyric, but we hope that users will also be influenced by what 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 specific corners of the city. The Subconscious of the City’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.
The Subconscious of the City is a program of The Poetry Society of New York, which also produces The Typewriter Project, The Poetry Brothel, Milk Press, and The New York City Poetry Festival. You can also make a fully tax-deductible donation to The Poetry Society of New York, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information about Subconscious of the City or the society's programs, feel free to contact us.