How long does it take for my poem to dry?

Workshop and exhibition, Gerrit Rietveld Academie 2020

How long does it take for my poem to dry? consisted of a bioplastic writing workshop and exhibition, hosted in collaboration with artists Aurélia Noudelmann and Lucia Vives. During the two day-workshop, two main activities took place: material exploration and writing. The premise was to create sheets of biodegradable plastic through boiling a mix of agar agar and glycerine and pour it into molds. Then, while the sheets were drying, collective conversations were held to unblock the writing process.

Questions such as these were asked: “How do you think the material feels while it’s decomposing?”, “If your print dissolves in water, what would you experience while drinking it?”, “If you only write groceries lists, how can that feel like a poem?” / “How does that sentence feel different in all the languages that you know?”.
Finally, the text was engraved on the freshly made material with a laser cutter. More than 30 people were involved in the workshop, which was finalized as an exhibition of all the experiments.

How long does it take for my poem to dry? was a communitarian conversation starter about poetry, sustainability, and transience.

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