Perhaps no manuscript had such a strange artistic and physical history as Jack Kerouac’s famous novel On the Road.

On the 60th Anniversary of the first publication of the novel, the installation proposes to experience the “kickwriting” momentum achieved by the non-stop typing style Jack Kerouac pioneered.

The installation

A genuine 1933 Underwood Portable typewriter (exactly the same model Jack Kerouac used to write the novel) sits on a simplistic table. An infinite teletype paper scrolls out of the machine.

The public is invited to type anything but instead of their prose, the typewriter writes On the Road, the original scroll. They become Jack.

Will the entire book be written during the exhibition?

Watch quick demo

Nearly as simple as it seems


A modified typewriter
:
Invisible electronics record the pressed keys.

A computer :
Pressed keys are sent to Javascript and is automatically converted.

A projector hidden in a lamp :
The formatted page is displayed live on paper.

Exhibitions

I am honored to announce that « I Am Jack » will be opening the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival in Lowell Massachusetts (hometown of Jack Kerouac), in October.

Join us at The Old Worthen on October 4th (5 p.m.) for a first demo & reading followed by a hands-on session and the traditional Kerouac Pub Tour!

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About the festival

Observing the 30th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Jack Kerouac Commemorative and the 60th Anniversary of the Publication of The Dharma Bums, the 2018 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival will be held on 4 to 8 October in Jack’s hometown of Lowell.

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