spacial poems

Evie Godfrey2023 Longlist, Opening Up

In a digitally constructed space, poems in English and German language, written by the artist and writer Franziska Ostermann between 2015 and 2023, float. The landscape the poems are situated in is made of digital abstractions of the carrier materials through which writing was historically handed down: Stone formations, wax pools and paper constructs meet the viewer in the aesthetics of the digital and thus include the most contemporary carrier medium, the screen.
From the spoken word, the poems descend into a visual form as text and appear as a corporeal form in a three-dimensional space. Under the roof of the visual, the spacial poems encounter the viewer as images. In the space of the poem, the words float like particles and, in their constellation, suggest a reading direction that the viewer can recompose. The pictorial texts offer a reading direction through their interstices, which lead from word to word. The legibility of different passages of the poems varies and appears differently dominant – catches the eye at different speeds and levels of clarity. In this way, the reader is guided to move in and around a text, to move it, to understand it with different levels of meaning and its words in changing weights. Unlike texts, which the brain primarily perceives in a linear manner, images are perceived and deciphered in their parts rather simultaneously. Different ways of approaching a poem are presented through the shape transformation from spoken to written to pictorially-spacially formed word.

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