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Slow Magic intervention

July 31, 2009

Who came and gorrinvolved?

Who won a little poetry card from me?

Slow Magic is an amazing exhibition.  I particularly like the big paintings by Tomoroy Dodge.  And just the educational experience of the way it’s curated.  Thanks go to Sara-Jane Parsons for that!

Anyway, with the help of my beautiful assistant, Nick Holloway, I hosted a little bit of cut-up poetry in the Bluecoat hub for last night’s private view.


‘Wet Light’… Ooo.

We cut out phrases and words from the exhibition blurb, with some added content from Eucharistic Miracle reportage to add a bit of the supernatural, and got visitors to the exhibition to respond by arranging their own poems.  It was fun!

We got pictures of all the poems people did.   I’ll be posting the rest of the responses soon as I figure out how best to present them.  There was a brilliant response from a pair of twins, who wrote about ‘American Fantasies / leading into the dark way’ or something like that.  They were only about 5!

It’s the kind of job even a five-year-old could do, I suppose.

Anyway, people who took part in the exercise were given beautiful limited edition poetry cards, pictured in their two-states below.  Hopefully by now they have tried putting the cards in the freezer, and watched the text magically appear!

'Language' Slow Magic Card // Pre-freeze

Slow Magic 'Language' / Post-freezer

Slow Magic 'Language' / Post-freezer

Again.  Sorry for the wonky picture.

It was great making these cards.  I suppose it’s the first tangible change to my practice as a result of hanging out with all these artists at the Bluecoat – enjoying the sense of creating a desirable object with your ideas.  And letting the tools – in this case mainly the magic pen – have an effect on  the content of your work.

Super cool!

(Really, if you got one of the cards, please drop me a line to let me know it worked!)



3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2009 10:26 pm

    Saw these wonderfully demonstrated in the kitchen at Nathan’s do – great work – very effective – keep experimenting, people want more!

  2. August 3, 2009 3:28 pm

    Hi Nathan

    After our meeting I had a wander in Slow Magic. I loved the huge canvases by Dodge especially the one on the main wall to the left.. can’t remember the name… it was mesmeric and energetic- almost alive.

    the postcard is heading to the freexer for the big reveal

  3. August 3, 2009 7:58 pm

    A great idea. Here’s my card, before and after

    But where’s my poem, are you going to upload them somewhere?

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