the haïkus' journey

A miniature world. Words floating on a pond, a perpetually moving train and hidden poems in the forest.


Simplified schematic of the installation

The installation was presented in Montreal for the first time. It is the most recent form of an exploration about randomness in poetry.

One of the very first haïkus -by Bashō (芭蕉)- went like this:
old pond
frog leaps in
water's sound

the haïkus' journey is an open invitation for the audience. Spontaneous thoughts and contributions are combined in a pond of letters constantly stirred by the train's passage.

With one's fingertips, idea seeds are typed on the keyboard. Letters emerge like molecules to form the words' various flavors. A poetic symphony then resonates over the lake.

Each and every lap, the sensible eye of the locomotive finds new words and combinations. A poetic stamp on the forest. Invisible to almost all human eyes.

the characters

the train

the light

the keyboard

the letters

the lake

the words

the forest

the trees' memory



Philippe Dubost email / www / vimeo / github


Direction Philippe Dubost
Conception Mylène Chabrol, Marina Malkova, Amahl Hazelton, Philippe Dubost
Installation Sylvain Brochu, Maxime Lapraye
Materials/Tubes Yves Béchard -
Camera Yasuko Tadokoro, Philippe Dubost, Amandine Pison
Editing Philippe Dubost
Music Pierre Millanvois
Photos Yasuko Tadokoro

Thanks a lot to Amandine Pison, Thien Vu Dang, Charlotte Risch, Benoit Chuniaud, Isabelle Guichard, Marc Savard, Dax Dasilva, Michael Venus, Never Apart, MAPP MTL, Moment Factory and all those who made the project possible.