Individual Work
Kimchi Poetry Machine

Kimchi Poetry Machine by Margaret Rhee is an installation of poetry--aural, textual, and participatory. When the viewer opens a jar they hear poetry, select small paper poems from the jar, and are invited to Tweet their own poem. A tangible, digital, auditory, and visual experience, the viewer is invited at the website to "taste," and the experience summons impressions of food, tradition, feminism, and the creative process.

Author statement: 
From the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3: The Kimchi Poetry Machine is powered by open-source tangible computing. When the jar is opened, poetry audibly flows from it, and readers and listeners are immersed in the meditative experience of poetry. Small “kimchi twitter” paper poems are housed inside the jar, with each poem is printed an invitation to tweet a poem to the machine handle. Eight original feminist “kimchi twitter” poems were written for the machine by invited women and transgender poets. The Kimchi Poetry Machine prototype was created through my 2014 summer fellowship from the CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) Invention Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. As a response to “bookless” libraries, The Kimchi Poetry Machine reimagines how tangible computing can be utilized for a feminist participatory engagement with poetry.