This is the short slideshow-film that will be playing on the Big Screen in Bristol’s Millennium Square for National Poetry Day today October 6th. I am told it will remain in the schedule for the rest of October as well. But as I understand that not everyone lives in Bristol – it is also showing EVERYWHERE else courtesy of Vimeo.
To accompany the screening I spent yesterday afternoon installing a number of window sticker prints of some of the pieces from the film around Millennium Square. This was an experiment in how to take the digital out into the real world where people might stumble across them inspired by a conversation with Paula Varjack about taking art out of formal art environments. I said for a while that I am exploring the places where digital and analogue collide and have been inspired by the willingness of the @Bristol Big Screen Bristol team to humour my ideas at what in the end was crazy short notice.
I also installed a few in the windows of Boston Tea Party in Clifton, Bristol. The manager Thom and his colleague Laura likewise willing to support a bit of kooky art-poetry collision.
A hashtagpoetry# sequence in response to URSPRUNGSALPHABET (Alphabet of Origin) by Nora Gomringer assisted by online translation engines and Twitter searches. All the images were created using apps on an iPhone 5S to redact and paint over screen shots of the iOS Twitter app generated via Twitter searches using terms generated by online translations of lines from Nora’s poem or occasionally the original German. The sequence was created and posted on Instagram and Twitter over 26 days from 1-26 May 2016.
This is the original poem by Nora that inspired the work:
Download your FREE ebook or PDF: HashtagPoetry# – the StAnza Edition.
At the beginning of March 2016 I had the honour of being the Hashtag Poet in residence at the StAnza International Poetry Festival in St Andrews (Scotland). The residency had three elements:
1. An installation / projection of a selection of the work I had produced over the previous year as I had developed my HashtagPoetry# project on Instagram and Twitter.
2.A DIY open workshop at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews encouraging festival attendees to make blackout / hashtag poems (see some of the results at the end of this post**).
3. Creating and posting (mostly) new work in response to the festival and its themes.
For the final element I lined up a series of pieces ready to post during my stay in Scotland and then added new work created over my three days at the festival. I will admit I did re-post a couple of older pieces just because circumstances reflected the content and they worked within the specific context of those moments but the majority of the work was created specifically for StAnza.
I have collected these 28 pieces in a FREE ebook & PDF, HashtagPoetry# – the StAnza Edition. You can sign up to download it here.
I continue to post new work as part of this ongoing project on Instagram and Twitter and am currently creating a new piece each day throughout April as part of NaPoWriMo.
** Here are a selection of blackout / Hashtag poems made by StAnza Festival attendees: