I was back in Gallery 2 for the second Poetry Jukebox, this week, inviting visitors to choose a poem on the theme of light – and then performing them, live and unrehearsed – whilst the lights of Cerith Wyn Evans’ S=U=P=E=R=S=T=R=U=C=T=U=R=E turned on and off. Over the course of three hours – I performed to 53 people. That’s a lot of poems!

“Hearing the poem was quite an experience,” said Lisa, who was visiting with a group of friends, “I walked past the art and thought – I don’t get that. But when I went and sat and felt the lights going on and off, it gave it a different feel.”

As this was the last Poetry Jukebox at the De La Warr, I also composed a poem especially for the event, borrowing text from the exhibition catalogue – rather in the way that Cerith Wyn Evans borrows words by Guy De Bord and Jimi Hendrix in the art works on show in the Pavilion. The resulting video-poem is called s_u_p_e_r_c_o_n_d_u_c_t_o_r and explores the theme of longing. So hit the play button, and enjoy the poetry jukebox one last time…

Posted by De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday 20 May 2012