Explorations in Physical Poetry

old fashion yellow recorder with a wire sitting on a grey floor
November 15 - November 23, 2021
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Hopkins Hall Gallery

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Add to Calendar 2021-11-15 11:00:00 2021-11-23 16:00:00 Explorations in Physical Poetry Hopkins Hall Gallery Urban Arts Space uas@osu.edu America/New_York public

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Explorations in Physical Poetry

Physical poetry is the transfiguration of words from the page into physical space through the exploration of materializing the abstract into concrete objects. The result of physicalizing poetry eliminates the boundaries of medium resulting in audio and visual articulation of abstract concepts. Through visual and audible objects, particpants are challenged to further understand poetry as an interactive medium.

Repetition presents an evolving relationship to time and offers a participatory element for the audience or viewer to gain multiple interpretations and experiences.

Audio cassettes are placed beside tape recorders so that participants can choose the order in which they listen. The cassettes play field recordings, conversations, walks, drives, and ambient soundscapes to build a composite collage of sound and place. The tapes are labeled including those that are empty and invite participants to record. This presents the element of layering within the project, such that the next viewer can listen to and/or record over the previous viewer, thus building an temporary archive that is contingent upon its participants.

The exhibit invites participants to play with repurposed household games and cassette technology through a series of writing prompts that utilize the lens of poetry as a vehicle for engaging with the human experience of processing, the effects of time, and memory relations.

Explorations in Physical Poetry is presented in partnership with Urban Arts Space's  Hybrid Arts Lab, a multi-venue learning lab that experiments with how art is imagined, made, viewed and understood. 

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