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September 9, 2009

To commemorate a very memorable and inspiring exhibition at the Bluecoat, ending this weekend. I have written a poem called Slow Magic.   Please download it HERE, and listen to it more intently than anything you have ever listened to before.

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The poem is an attempt to reflect, or recreate the emotion of a visit to the gallery during the exhibition, not particularly to provide any critical dialogue or translation of the works themselves.  Something that I found particularly interesting – and this is a result of the generally Abstract nature of the paintings – is the way feelings occur when they have nothing concrete to attach to.  I have tried to reflect this in my poem, thought the use of mainly abstract words.  There are some concrete nouns in here, as there are figurative elements in the exhibition, but I have tried to mistreat or misplace them in a way that correlates to my experience of the paintings.


Hopefully this hasn’t removed the potential for sense, empathy and power from the poem.


I have prepared his piece to be listened to in the gallery space, or on the way to the gallery.   Please get it on your mp3 players and enjoy!  (To fully capitalise on the experience, you might want to set the track on loop.)


I’ll put the text of the poem up at another date.


Please let me know how you found this exercise.


(thanks to John Smith, musician and gent, for helping me with the recording.)

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