In the beginning of 2021, the contemporary art museum of Luxembourg, MUDAM, approached my spoken word collective "Géisskan Kollektiv". The aim was to organise several events and an interactive exhibition for their summer program. I designed the branding for the project, organised and moderated two workshops and four spoken word events. With the help of Philippe Schockweiler, we created hAIku.
hAIku is an interactive exhibition where we wanted to explore what it means to be a poet. We wanted to compare the work of famous poets, visitors at the MUDAM and randomly generated scripts by an AI. We wanted to explore questions like; What does it mean to be a poet? Are we replaceable by an AI or script? Are visitors of the museum able to match the quality of an established writer?
Haiku poems are a Japanese form of syllable poetry that consists of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second and 5 syllables in the third. A total of more than 500 Haikus will have been generated by an AI, written by ourselves and the audience of the MUDAM. These will be printed by a large scale plotter on a seemingly endless roll of over 100 metres of paper.
Artistic Direction, Design, Research and Development, Technical Supervision: Bob Reinert
Haiku writing/editing/selecting, AI Trainer: Philippe Schockweiler
Typeface "boeing": Sven Krahl
Photographer: Tammy Schuh