Poetry will be made by all!

Poetry will be made by all!

Luma Foundation

Design: Content is Relative.

February 5, 2014

Poetry will be made by all!
30 January–30 March 2014

LUMA /Westbau
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zurich
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–6pm,
Thursday 11am–8pm, Saturday–Sunday 10am–5pm
Free admission


89plus and the LUMA Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural 89plus exhibition, Poetry will be made by all!, which runs until 30 March at the LUMA/Westbau exhibition space within Löwenbräukunst in Zurich, Switzerland.

The exhibition is co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castets and Kenneth Goldsmith, with Danny Snelson as exhibition advisor and program coordinator. Additionally, the exhibition features a film selection curated by Kevin McGarry. Poetry will be made by all! is partnered in association with UbuWeb, the world’s leading collection of avant-garde material online.

Expanding on the emergent poetics of online distribution systems and the prominence of poetry in 89plus projects to date, the exhibition will bring together works from renowned and upcoming international poets and writers within displays created by their peers working in design, visual arts and architecture. Inspired by the seminal exhibition Transform the world! Poetry must be made by all!, curated by Ronald Hunt at the invitation of Pontus Hulten for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1969, the inaugural 89plus exhibition will highlight how the written word, far from being diminished, finds a renewed importance within today’s digital information networks.

The exhibition features an installation for multimodal engagement designed by acclaimed Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow Wow. The installation includes their iconic manga pod to read and display newly created books of poetry, active workspaces for the creation of spontaneous works, a book forest hosting a variety of poetic titles, a moving track of curtains for projections, and a proscenium stage for conversation, readings and viewings.

Over the course of two months—from February to March—89plus and LUMA Foundation will publish 1,000 books by 1,000 poets. Hand-picked by a group of advisors on every continent, this series will be the first-ever attempt to survey the global poetic production of an emerging generation.  All books will be edited, designed, and produced by teams of poets-in-residence at LUMA/Westbau throughout the duration of the show and made available on Lulu’s print-on-demand service. All PDFs of the books will be made available free of charge to all. A live stream will be active throughout the exhibition at poetrywillbemadebyall.ch/live.

Participants include Etel Adnan, Atelier Bow Wow, Ed Atkins, Stephanie Barber, Robert Barry, Caroline Bergvall, Josh Bitelli, Stefano Boeri, Christian Bök, Anton Bruhin, Harry Burke, Augusto de Campos, Content is Relative, Barry Doupé, Andrew Durbin, Mashinka Firunts, H.R. Giger, Eugen Gomringer, Rui An Ho, Maja Hoffmann, Karl Holmqvist, Ronald Hunt, Sophia Le Fraga, Sang Woo Lee, Tao Lin, Trisha Low, Tracie Morris, Sarah Ortmeyer, Mendi+Keith Obadike, Eugenie Paultre, James Richards, Steve Roggenbuck, Beatrix Ruf, Leslie Thornton, Amalia Ulman, Dena Yago, Robert Whitman and many others.

For more information, go to poetrywillbemadebyall.ch.

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