gogoame – meaning afternoon rain in japanese – is a web art experiment developed by pedro veneroso, consisting of a rain of text that implements a physics engine to simulate acceleration, gravity and wind. the project continues the tradition of literary experimentation seen in concrete and visual poetry, inviting the website’s visitor to form words and phrases by combining raining letters and characters.

gogoame is a web art experiment where visitors can read poetry out of raining text

 

 

veneroso has associated physical forces and environmental factors to text composition, putting forward an alternative to linear texts. in gogoame, letters and characters rain, and, among the rain, words and phrases are formed. the website’s visitor frequently finds words that are briefly formed while the letters are falling, which are recovered from a database that is composed of texts written by other visitors.

gogoame is a web art experiment where visitors can read poetry out of raining text

 

 

words and characters are used to represent a physical phenomenon in order to provide an experimental approach to text production and reception. the work can be exhibited in two distinct ways: using a conventional computer equipped with a mouse and a keyboard, or, set up as an installation in which gogoame is projected inside a room, providing a more immersive experience than in the first option.

 

 

‘in his poem rain, seichii niikuni deconstructs the ideogram that means rain ( 雨 ) and transforms this ideogram in the fundamental structure of the rain, a drop,’ mentions pedro veneroso, ‘in this poem, the linguistic structure becomes a pictograp which is used to produce an image that represents the rain; gogoame causes a similar deconstruction by making letters become drops and by associating the composition of texts to the dynamic flux of a simulated physical event.’

gogoame is a web art experiment where visitors can read poetry out of raining text

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

  • thank you, sofia, for your incredible text! you were really able to synthesize the project (the way it works, its references, its poetic potential), i was really happy to read it. greetings. pv

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