Mark Greenwood is a performance artist
Making his Mark with poetry in motion
By Jemima Laing
Performance artist Mark Greenwood has created an original poem which will be the starting point for a continually changing public installation - Parallel Plymouth.
Performance artist and poet Mark Greenwood has taken the phrase poetry in motion quite literally.
He has created an original poem which will be the starting point for a work which will be continually influenced by the surrounding environment.
The dynamic artist and writer was commissioned to write the original text by the University of Plymouth's Institute of Digital Art and Technology (i-DAT).
The installation is being launched on 6 March
In the past Mark has used a disparate mix of techniques to generate his text from looking at horse racing results to collecting individual playing cards.
His unorthodox approach has been married with the methods of the team at i-DAT at the university to generate software which will regularly change Mark's original poem.
The software, Greenwood 2.0, will generate new poems, by collecting data from sensors measuring movement of people, CO2 levels, online search engines and the poem will be changed accordingly.
The resulting - and constantly evolving - stanzas will be shown on a large LED screen in Portland Square on the University of Plymouth campus until 22 March 2009.
His preparation to write this particular work included walks around Plymouth investigating the city's myths focusing on a number of the city's best known monuments like St Andrew's church, Smeaton's Tower and Derry's Clock.
And rather than use words that come into his head he notes what is around him and any words he sees.
The poem will appear on a screen at the university
"I am really interested in the idea of experimental poetry and how it might be generated without the idea of authorship," explains Mark - who lives in Plymouth after moving to the South West to study at Dartington.
Once the screen is launched the software will randomly pull a word from the existing text and the software will go through a set series of processes to generate words to replace others in the original text.
It's clearly an unusual way to create a poem and Mark says it fits perfectly with his desire to negate authorship in certain forms of writing.
"I like to use words that are already there, I'm really opposed to poetry being a romanticism of the self.
"What I'm trying to do by being part of this project is to innovate the way people receive poetry."
The screen will be launched on Friday 6 March 2009 at 1800 at the university's Stonehouse Lecture Theatre.
last updated: 06/03/2009 at 16:46