The second intervention at the Bluecoat was again based on the title of the show.
For ‘Like Love’, I set myself up to write love poems on demand, using google as a collaborator from a starting point set by the participant.
In this way, I looked to take myself out of the equation, and question ‘value’ in relation to poetry.
In many ways I think people are more interested in a poem if it is written ‘for them’, no matter how throw-away the procedure!
I presented the poems in a specially designed envelope and printed page for people to take home.
I created bespoke interventions for two ‘private views’ at the Bluecoat.
The first of these was Slow Magic, where I had people create their own ‘fridge magnet’ montage-poems.
As the source-texts, I used a mixture of the brochure text from the show, with some texts from miracle reportage
which I found on the internet.
This was a simple exercise, but playing with source-texts in this way ended up being a running theme of my work in 2009-10.
I also rewarded people with these little gift-cards that I made using ‘magic ink’.
(The poem revealed itself after the card was put in the freezer)