Recollected Writing by IC-98 at Frankfurt Book Fair 2014

Finland was the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. The Finnish pavilion included a new interactive poetry installation, a collaboration between IC-98, Mikael Brygger, Henriikka Tavi, Pauliina Haasjoki, Miia Toivio, Sirpa Kyyrönen, Teemu Manninen, Kristian Blomberg and Olli-Pekka Tennilä.

Recollected Writings is an interactive poetry anthology in a physical edition of one by IC-98 and eight prominent Finnish poets – Kristian Blomberg, Mikael Brygger, Pauliina Haasjoki, Sirpa Kyyrönen, Teemu Manninen, Henriikka Tavi, Olli-Pekka Tennilä and Miia Toivio.

The poems were collectively written for this anthology to constitute an index of the everyday lives of collaborating poets.The poems were laser-engraved on differently shaped pieces of Corian, which together constitute a large mosaic on a custom-made tabletop. Reader-users can trace these writings onto pieces of paper with a pencil. The anthology only exists as this single installation and as unique copies that people produce and possibly circulate. As we find ourselves in an era of digital traceability and system architecture, the installation reminds us of the warmth and unpredictability of pre-Gutenberg era.

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