“Red Bloom: A Poetry Altar For” – Margaret Rhee



The Kimchi Poetry Machine is a different kind of jar. Instead of kimchi, there are small paper pieces of poetry. And when the jar is opened, instead of the pungent smells of fermented cabbage filling your nostrils, your eardrums are lulled by the luminous readings of feminist poetry. Fueled by tangible computing, The Kimchi Poetry Machine reimagines how poetry can be written, listened to, and interacted with in the near future. The Kimchi Poetry Machine is my response to a future of “bookless libraries,” as a poet, new media artist, and feminist.

Red Bloom: A Poetry Altar for Magpies 

Red Bloom: A Poetry Altar for Dragons 

Red Bloom: A Poetry Altar for Queens 

Poet, artist, and scholar Margaret Rhee has been interested in exploring the interplay between technology and the human through tangible, participatory, and socially engaged ways. She is the conceptualist of From the Center, a feminist HIV/AIDS digital storytelling program for incarcerated women in the San Francisco Jail, which was based from her eight-year collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. For the project, she was awarded the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service in 2014. As a poet, Rhee is the author of Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Hearts, Or How Robots Fall Out of Love (Forthcoming, Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her poetry has been recognized with the Science Fiction Poetry Association Prize, and published at numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has a special interest in participatory and feminist poetics. When awarded a 2014 fellowship at the CITRIS Invention Lab, University of California, Berkeley, she embarked on creating an invention that utilizes emerging technology in a feminist & poetic way. “The Kimchi Poetry Machine” is a new technological iteration in her experimental series on participatory poetry and “A Feminist History of Kimchi.” Currently, she is the Institute of American Cultures Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles where she researches race and robots. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in ethnic studies and new media studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Southern California (2005).

Featured in the poetry machine video demos: micha cárdenas

micha cárdenas is an artist, theorist, student, educator, mixed-race latina femme who works with movement as a technology of change. micha is a Provost Fellow and PhD student in Media Arts + Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of the art collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. micha’s individual and collaborative work has been seen in museums, galleries, biennials and keynotes around the world. Her co-authored book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realitieswas published by Atropos Press in 2012.