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Bruce Andrews’s 25-hour Twitter Project
Bruce Andrews// 25 Hour Twitter sculpture & performance
Curated by Maria Chavez
On April 1st, 2014, Bruce Andrews and Maria Chavez will collaborate on a 25 hour performance piece on the social media platform, Twitter.
After experiencing an intermedia performance of Bruce Andrews late last year, Maria sensed a striking affinity between Bruce’s text/ language work and Twitter’s interactive focus: short modular posts, limited to a handful of words, with a stress on vivid conciseness, wide open to immediate responses and links to a variety of media.
The Bruce Andrews 25 hour piece is meant to use Twitter as sculptural documentation, becoming a real time archive of Bruce Andrews’s current poetic writing and the responses it elicits in real time. Using a social media platform as an exhibition space, Maria Chavez will tweet a Bruce Andrews language text, every 5 minutes for 25 hours. That’s the 300 parts of a new poetic sequence, ‘Improper’, designed and edited for this occasion.
Each twitter post will also have a link leading to a Soundcloud web page made specifically for the piece, with audio recordings of Andrews, performing each tweeted ‘poem’ individually.
We’re hoping for lots of interaction — retweets, liking and favoriting, parallel poetic comments, anecdotes, translations, mash-ups, sound files, photos, graphics, video: the internet sky’s the limit.
Once the 25 hour time period has lapsed, the Twitter profile will sit on its own, with all of the added links and responses. (Not updating a social media platform like Twitter becomes a gesture towards the ‘sculptural’ element of the piece. An archive begins to take shape.)