PoetryFilm Blackboard was a participatory text/art project devised by Zata Banks. Participants were invited to write or draw on a blackboard using chalk. A photograph was taken of each person’s blackboard and a montage film was made showcasing all the blackboard contributions. PoetryFilm Blackboard was commissioned by the Southbank Centre as part of Poetry International and the Festival of Love on 18, 19, 20 July 2014 and took place at the Saison Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall.
During Poetry International (18 – 21 July 2014), the Poetry Library’s exhibition space was turned into a giant page.
Visiting poets from all over the world were asked to contribute a line towards a new collaborative sonnet. The poem grew throughout the festival as lines were added by hand and the poem took its visual form.
The poets were: Kutti Revathi (Tamil), Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia), Ana Blandiana (Romania), Kayombo Chingonyi (Zambia), Rhys Trimble (Wales), Sujata Bhatt (India / USA / Germany), Sabrina Mahfouz (British / Egyptian), Michael Augustin (Germany), Inua Ellams (Nigeria), Tom Warner (England), Maitreyabandhu (England).
The Global Love Poem exhibition at the Saison Poetry Library also included PoetryFilm Blackboard, a participatory text/art project devised by Malgorzata Kitowski. (You can just see the blackboard and the participants on the right hand side of the screen.)