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Collateral Beauty

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Collateral Beauty

by Maryam Lary | Performed by Lauren Knight

As a writer and a poet, I wanted to explore a new way for people to experience my voice through art, representing my feelings and giving the viewer an idea of what poetry entails. I created an art piece embedded with digital integrations of sensors with an objective to connect the audience’s feelings away from text and traditional poetry.

This project is a journey of self-discovery. It’s the poet’s emotions and words translated into a physical design. It’s built to involve the audience in its expression. The viewer gets to sense the poet’s emotions through touch, sound, and imagery.

The concept was inspired by my love for traditional poetry and going a step further in creating a digital artwork that portrays emotions of pain, self-worth, and healing in an artistic design. Each element projects an in-depth view of sensations; the heart represents all the mixed feelings a person can go through in life. The girl, in her position, illustrates fear, sadness, and confusion. However, the upper grid represents the beauty of our pain, hope, the power to heal, rise, and flourish above all the hardships of life.

The concept started simple, by drawing an art visual that combines digital components of motion sensors and sound systems to represent my poetry in a new interactive experience format. As time progressed, it transformed into something more defined and complex — a 4D vision conveying emotions. The viewer can touch different parts of the heart to feel the texture of every detail. Through songs and sound effects, they can experience poetry in a non-traditional style.

The project takes into consideration the user’s experience and the power of design. All the materials used are carefully, chosen with love and keeping the audience in mind.

A MOMENT OF GRATITUDE

Let me take a moment, 
To thank you for passing by and being a part of this journey,
Let me take a moment,
To tell you that you are loved and worthy,
No matter how much pain your story may unfold,
Please be delicate when you touch this piece,
For this is not just an art of poetry,
This is my heart, in your hands…

A MOMENT OF GRATITUDE

let me take a moment,
to thank you for passing by and being a part of this journey,
let me take a moment,
to tell you that you are loved and worthy,
no matter how much pain your story may unfold,
please be delicate when you touch this piece,
for this is not just an art of poetry,
this is my heart, in your hands…

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