Most of us recognize the sound of keys being pressed on our keyboards and what it sounds like in most offices around town. Unless, you have those quiet keyboards (not in the New York Events budget), offices have a distinct sound. For most millennials and probably the majority of the workforce, gone are the days where typewriters were the dominant sound in the office. While it’s a similar sound, the noise is distinct.
Yes, the technology is old and it’s probably safe to say that it’s not coming back. Unless, you’re in Tompkins Park. While we can probably do a piece on how Tompkins Park has changes, we’re not going down that path today. However, we are going to tell you about one of the neatest and creative events taking place as we speak – The Typewriter Project. This event is a project of The Poetry Society of New York, The Poetry Brothel, and the New York City Poetry Festival. There will be a series of interactive literary art installations—small, wooden shelters just big enough for a seat, desk, and typewriter—which invite passersby to join in a citywide linguistic exchange.
How does it work? Well, the Poetry Society of New York built New York City’s tiniest writing den–just big enough for a seat, a desk, a typewriter, and you! The typewriter booth allows both seasoned scribers and first time typists alike to come inside and join in a citywide lyrical conversation. The idea is to investigate the subconscious of the city by creating unique spaces in which users can invent and add to the running narrative of each space. Each booth is outfitted with a 100-foot scroll of paper and a hidden USB typewriter kit, which allows every written entry to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon.
Think of this as a real life comment section of any website you visit except its broad based and New York Subconscious of the City is real and available for your viewing pleasure at subconsciousofthecity.com. We also recommend checking out the booth at Tompkins Park. If you’re claustrophobic, maybe don’t go inside but still worth passing by.