“WordPlay” is an interactive installation that allows people to create and publish novel stories by selecting individual words from a combination of word types. Using a similar method of the popular kid’s game, “Mad Libs”, WordPlay invites the public to choose from a selection of “nouns”, “verbs”, “adjectives”, and “adverbs” printed on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) cards and add them to system. WordPlay collects and visualizes each word by remixing a selection of text based scientific facts and quotes from prominent scientists. Once completed, the final story or passage is displayed on the screen allowing the public to read their stories. The resulting text is time stamped, printed locally, encoded into a unique URL, and uploaded to the project’s website where the public can read online what was created inside the exhibition space in realtime.


New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY,  12/16/2022 – 3/15/2023

Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, 1014/22


Give Me a Noun, Lehman College Press, February 23, 2023.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen, ITP Alum’s Project Featured at the New York Hall Of Science, NYU Press, Jan 27, 2023.

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WordPlay at the New York Hall of Science, 12_16_22


This project was supported by the New York Hall of Science Designer in Residence Program.

Programming / Concept Support by Andrew Dempsey, Sam Beller, Lia

Additional support by Estefany Gomez, Deqing Sun

Thanks to the New York Hall of Science Designer in Residence Program for supporting this project.

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