an attempt to make something beautiful and true from shreds of discarded paper
Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin is a performance, a creative writing workshop, and a digital art intervention.
This project began as a creative writing workshop using shredded business documents as source material. It was first held in 2014 as part of a year-long residency as Creative Project Consultant at SHM Productions.
In summer 2018 Rhiannon incorporated this writing process into her work on The Slow GIF Movement, supported by Unlimited, and The Space Arts.
In summer 2019, supported by the PONToon project, Rhiannon brought this process to libraries in Portsmouth as part of Aspex Gallery’s ‘Exchange‘ season, making poems with members of the public and animating them for large scale screens in the city, including at Victorious Festival (attended by 150 000 people).
Since autumn 2019 the work has been presented at Brighton Digital Festival, Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture in Lincoln, Wellcome Collection London, and An Tobar in Mull.
The collection of poems continues to grow and some of them can be seen in The Slow GIF Movement collection on Giphy (46 Million views).
In 2022 Applause Rural Touring commissioned a tourable outdoor version of the work for their network, additionally supported by Arts Council England, with a set designed by Sascha Gilmour.
- Poems written in All Saints Church, All Hallows, Kent.
- Poems written in St George’s, Gravesend, Kent.
- Poems written in Petworth, Sussex.
- Poems written in Gosport, Hampshire.
- Poems written in Kennington, Kent.