In April I presented the participatory performance “MEMORIZED” at the O, Miami Poetry Festival. View the “visual meta-poems” below.
In the interactive performance “Memorized,” participants are invited to write their favorite line from a poem with chalk on a blackboard. Before writing, each participant erases the previous person’s text from the board before replacing it with their own. A photograph is taken of each excerpt. These images are uploaded as a slideshow on flickr and vimeo, creating a meta-poem online.
The physical form of the letters exist for only a short time, then remain only in memory. Chalk is inherently impermanent. It recalls the childhood experiences of writing what one knows on the blackboard in front of classmates, some of our earliest performances. With memorization becoming unnecessary amid the ease of digital recall, the rare words we commit to memory are perhaps more revealing. What personal memory has lost, the collective memory of the internet conjures upon command.
What is it that we still remember, what words are so cherished they remain part of us?
Memorized IV” at Small Press Night at Lester’s, April 20
“Memorized II” at Big Night in Little Haiti, April 19
“Memorized III” at Sweatstock, April 20th
And on Flickr, click on the Set and watch as a Slideshow. Available for download.