2010 Open Poetry Competition : Magnetic Poetry

작가의 많은 프로젝트는 관개들이 참여할 수 있는 ongoing 프로세스를 가진다. 주영한국문화원의 전시에서 작가는 자석으로 만들어진 magnetic poetry 를 설치하고, 2010년 런던 지하철에 설치될 레스토랑으로 이루어진 시를 공모함으로써 관객들의 적극적인 참여를 유도했다.

Call to display poems made up of restaurant names.
The aim of the competition is to illustrate the diverse cultural aspects of London by exhibiting poems made up of restaurant names and will be selected by a panel of judges organised by Hpark Ltd. The selected poems will be installed on the underground in London in 2010.

If you would like to take part please take a picture of your magnetic poetry with a camera gallery provides or email your poem/s to h.flyingnet@googlemail.com before 6th February 2010.

The finalist will be notified in March 2010.

DOWNLOAD a list of restaurant names
SEE poems on the Underground 2009

2010 Open Poetry Competition_Installation View_Korean Cultural Centre_2009
2010 Open Poetry Competition_Installation View_Korean Cultural Centre_2009
2010 Open Poetry Competition_Installation View_detail_Korean Cultural Centre_2009
2010 Open Poetry Competition_detail_Korean Cultural Centre_2009
2010 Open Poetry Competition_detail_Korean Cultural Centre_2009

Magnetic Poetry 사용 설명서

Each magnet holds a word or part of words which is a restaurant name. It is to display and celebrate this diversity that has underscored London. More specifically it focuses on one particular aspect of culture: food. The reason for this choice is because food is a key element in any culture and more importantly, in the form of restaurants, it is one of the clearest signs of the ethnic mix present in London. You may at first be baffled by this meaningless and nonsensical nature of the words. You will be reading and re-reading the text in an effort to decode the messages the meaning of restaurant names are trying to put across. However this is completely within your objective. Walking along the streets, you see or read these words quite a lot. But we don’t know how much fun it can be to play with them. That’s where Magnetic Poetry comes in. With Magnetic Poetry you can discover again the fun of playing with words. Words are often not enough to capture the fullness of any moment, and so a vague idea has been purposefully inscribed that leaves an all-important space for the reader to fill in. As you question what is in front of you, making poems comes alive through your own imaginations and emotions. The funny and amusing sound of the poem is an important element which should not be ignored. According to Basil Bunting, poetry, like music, is to be heard.

Getting Started
There are many ways to use Magnetic Poetry, but let’s start with the basics. First, break the chunks of words/restaurant names apart into individual magnets, spreading them out on your metal surface. You’ll notice that each magnet holds a word or part of word. As you look the magnets over, some words will resonate with you more than others. This is a good place to start. Trust your intuition and use these works as a starting place. Just by selecting a few words, you’ve already begun composing with Magnetic Poetry. Oh, and remember… Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme!!

Creating your first poem
Some people dive into their Magnetic Poetry kit and start rearranging the tiles without provocation or guidance. When you first start to use your kit, we encourage you to experiment with putting words together-perhaps using the words you’ve already selected for starters. But if nothing’s happening, here are a few ideas to help you start creating poetry.

Choose a Theme: One method for getting started is to choose a theme-someone you know, a place you like, your current feeling, etc.-and fine words that fit. Pull out the words that fit your set them aside. After you have found a dozen or so words, start putting them together, grabbing necessary connecting words as you go.

Start Small: Another method for beginning is to start small. Select an adjective and a noun and put them together-you’ll get something like “big fish,” “funny sausage,” or “quite lake.” Next find a verb that you like and add to your first two words. Now add any extra bits you need-“a,” “the,” etc.- and, voila, you have your first line of Magnetic Poetry. At this point you have the start of a poem. Take a look at your line. What is it about? What’s happening in it? Look over the rest of the magnets and find new words that seem appropriate to the theme you have going. If you’ve begun a poem with “water,” look for other words that either complement the idea, like “rain” or “wet,” or something quite different, like “dry” or “arid.” Combine the new tiles to create another line and then another. Making the poem as long as you want or keeping it short and succinct.

Feeling: A lot of poetry is based on feelings- what you like, what you don’t like, what makes you sad and what makes you happy. Look through the words in your kit and pick up a few to describe how you feel. Use these words to write some lines and tell the world how you feel.

Images: For many people the most important part of poetry is the image. In fact, one group of poets is known as “The Imagists.” Think of images you see everyday -a rainstorm, a wheelbarrow, a bird, anything. A poet will try to describe or white about that object in a way that makes the reader see and fell that object in a new or unexpected way. Try creating some images. Start with a person, place or thing. Next find a descriptive word to put in front of the noun. You might get an image like “Blue Elephant” or “Golden Pagoda.” Keep experimenting with images until you make some you like.

Personification: As far as we can tell, only people know how to write. But what if a dog, or a cat, or a tree, or a car could write? What might these animals and objects tell us they think about? What might be the things they like and don’t like? What would they be worried about or afraid of or proud of? The fancy word for giving something like a dog or a cat or a tree or the ocean the voice of a person is “personification.” Try it out. Think of an animal, object or idea and write a few lines pretending you are that thing.

The Odd Couple (of words): You will be reading and re-reading words in an effort to decode the messages the meaning of restaurant names are trying to put across. Here is a way to create some interesting images with words. Choose a noun and then find another noun to put in front of it. Instead of pairing two nouns that makes sense bring together a combination that doesn’t make sense at first sight. Try few combinations, looking for ones that make you laugh or that sound fun, then try to figure out what they might mean. What might Furama Moon be? Where does it grow? Is it something fancy Moon? Answer these questions through your developing poem.

Shape Poems: Here’s a twist on how to put your poem together, and one that is perfect for your Magnetic Poetry kit. Instead of putting the tiles one after the other in straight lines, try putting them together so they take on the shape of whatever it is you are writing about. If you are writing a poem about your dog, place the magnets in the shape of a dog. Of if you are writing about a tree, arrange the words in the shape of a tree. If you like, put the words together in some other shape, like a spiral or a wave or a circle.

in a circle life shape s and weave s a story turn ing a begin ing into an end and back again

Is Magnetic Poetry “real” Poetry?
Now that you’ve done a little poetry, you might be asking yourself, is Magnet Poetry “real” poetry? The short answer is easy: OF COURSE IT IS! But there is a much longer answer, one that stretches across the history writing.
Poetry is perhaps the oldest form of literature. The English word “verse” is actually rooted in a Greek word that means “to turn.” It is believed that many of the rhythmic ideas we have about poetry-that it should have a rhythm, that the lines should “sing”-are rooted in this association with movement and dancing, with music and performance. Since the time of the Greeks poetry has evolved in many ways, but it still holds onto this core idea of rhythm and music in language.
We are all familiar with the idea that poetry has strict formal rules, from the number of syllables in a line to particular rhyme patterns. These rules have shifted and evolved over time, with various forms gaining popularity in one historic period and waning as time passed. English Romantic Poetry of the 19th Century sought, in part, to make poetry more a part of everyday life, to borrow rhythms and words that common people used and dismantle some of the rules that marked earlier poetry. This movement has been linked by some to the rise of democracy in Europe, marked most notably by the French Revolution.
Poetry of the 20th Century saw further loosening of formal restrictions and the expansion of “free verse.” There does seem to be a correlation between the belief that all people are created equal and the rise of free verse, verse that uses the voice of the common individual. A part of this equalisation has moves into thoughts about language itself-that is, that the words we uses belong to all of us equally, that no one have any special ownership of them. As language moved from being a tool and weapon of power and privilege to a position as community property, poetry has, interestingly, moved from the strict, formal, stanza to the patterns of everyday speech, which are still rich with rhythm, image, and feeling.
A related part of 20th Century art history is the idea of using “found art”-from sampling old music in rap tunes to hanging a toilet seat in a museum. Artists in many genres are self-consciously borrowing form things. To be an artist is to arrange objects, images, sounds and ideas created by the larger community. This democratization has opened up the role of artist and poet to anyone willing to see the art in everyday.
Magnetic Poetry is clearly a part of evolution. Everybody starts with the same box of words, the language our community has created.
You, as the poet, rearrange this language and try to make something new. A poem written with Magnetic Poetry is not only “real” poetry, it is written in a spirit that is the very essence of 21st Century poetry.

The origin of Magnetic Poetry
It all started with a song and a sneeze. Dave Kapell, founder of Magnetic Poetry, was suffering from writer's block while trying to compose song lyrics. To overcome this problem, he wrote down interesting words on pieces of paper and rearranged them, looking for inspiration. What he hadn't figured into this experiment was his allergies. One good sneeze and any progress was sent flying across the room. Dave decided to glue the words to pieces of magnets and stick them to a pizza tin. Then he got hungry and the now magnetized words made their way to the refrigerator door. Before too long, Dave wasn't the only one rearranging his would-be song lyrics. When friends came over, Dave noticed they started to move the magnets around, amusing themselves by writing the first magnetic poems.

Poems on the underground_Installation view_2009
Poems on the underground_Installation view_2009