Dial-a-Poem (app released July 2020)
Dial-a-Poem celebrates 50 years since John Giorno’s public art project launched in New York City. Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem connected callers to answering machines playing recordings by poets such as Allen Ginsberg, John Cage and Patti Smith. 2020 will see the service re-wired across several platforms: a mobile-app, a sound installation in the City of Nottingham and a nationwide competition. The Dial-a-poem app was coded by ISRG in collaboration with Sarah Jackson. Developing her work on remote telecommunications and touch, Sarah’s current research project explores the relationship between telephony and literature, with a particular interest in disembodied voices and the uncanny impact of new technologies on literary communication. The project is funded by an AHRC Leadership Fellows Award. For more information visit the project site here.