POETRY IN PLACE: THE PLATFORMS
OCT. 1ST and 8TH, 2011 1PM-3PM
HEADLINING POETS: Julie Dill, Chris King, Christopher Parr, Stefene Russell and Buzz Spector
ARTISTS: Axi:Ome (Sung Ho Kim and Heather Woofter), Douglis Beck, Sarrita Hunn, Noah Kirby, Daniel McGrath and B.J. Vogt
In conjunction with the 2011 American Arts Experience, Laumeier Sculpture Park will present a series of poetry and sculptural happenings throughout the Park. From September 30 to October 16, Laumeier Sculpture Park will provide a series of commissioned platforms created by six local artists for use by the public and poets as forums for public expression. For seventeen days, these artist-created soapboxes will offer an engaging venue for art and discourse in a public park setting.
On the afternoon of Saturday, October 1 and Saturday, October 8, St. Louis-based poets will engage Park visitors in a dialogue about the issues of today. The poets will recite their works atop the six platforms and will encourage those in the audience and other visitors to do the same throughout the installation allowing for a diversity of perspectives and creative content to be aired.
At Laumeier, visitors will have the power to shout it out loud, to step up and exercise their rights by engaging in the original social media forum: public speech.
Also during the two weeks of the American Arts Experience, docents will be available in the Park to assist other speakers and park visitors who choose to offer their own poetry, prose or express their opinions on the themes of the day.
by Sarrita Hunn
#freecloud (Free Speech Cloud) is a site-specific sculptural platform commissioned by Laumeier Scultpure Park for Poetry in Place: The Platforms, an exhibition running from Sept. 30th – Oct. 16th.
#freecloud provides three points of interaction:
- Use the platform while visiting Laumeier Sculpture Park during regular park hours (8am until sunset) for the duration of the exhibition.
- A QR code located on the platform directs to a webpage (linked below) that contains instructions on how to pair with wireless Bluetooth speakers located inside the platform. Visitors may then use the speakers to broadcast anything they desire from their mobile phone.
- The same webpage also contains a Twitter feed for #freecloud, which can be used in any Tweet to send suggestions of audio for people to play who are onsite or share documentation of your onsite experience with others.
Read about the exhibition and poetry events by Chris King on Confluence City