Dada Ping Pong Poetry is a method of generating totally
random assemblages of printed symbols, numerals and
letters, using ping-pong game paraphernalia.
Here's what's required:
One ping-pong table plus
One plus sized ink pad, to cover about half the
area of the
large piece of paper held against a wall.
One set of IBM type typewriter golf balls with a
variety of fonts and other characters.
To create your dada poetry, you simple play a game of
ping-pong, only instead of a facing opponent, you hit the
IBM golf balls against the paper that's placed in contact
with the opposite wall. The trajectory of the balls must
include a glancing blow on the ink pad placed on the
table, so that individual letters or symbols are inked up,
enabling them to make a print when they bounce back
off the paper wall.
Given some practice, a good 'player' should be able to
keep the golf ball bouncing backwards and forwards for
several rallies, and build up a completely random
pattern of letters.
Advanced 'game' features two players and two balls along
with two colours of ink. (red and black of course)
Creating an actual word is an almost impossible event,
but in randomness, you never know what's going to
happen - the works of Shakespeare awaits.
Totally numeral version can be used as a lottery or bingo