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About the self-guided project

You are Here is a self-guided project inviting responses to the cityscape and the Formerly exhibition

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You Are Here, a participation project for the Formerly exhibition.

• As a tutor of creative writing, Tamar Yoseloff wished to encourage viewers of the Formerly exhibition to make their own poetic journeys, using the South Bank’s brutalist, grittily vibrant surroundings as a starting point. The result was You Are Here, a leaflet with a set of inspirational instructions thus:

“This is an invitation to take a journey round the South Bank, inspired by the sonnets and photos featured in The Saison Poetry Library’s Formerly exhibition. Leave the building, and start walking. Think about the way we, as city dwellers, occupy man-made spaces, and the way that buildings form our impressions of the cityscape. The sheet opposite is blank for you to record a text generated by the process of walking and observing.”

This was followed by two blank pages inviting the reader to write a response. In conjunction with the Southbank Centre’s participation department, a mailbox was provided where visitors could leave the resulting text or poem. Although this version was based around the Southbank Centre, it is an excercise which can be followed in any urban area.
• Words Tamar Yoseloff / Photos Vici MacDonald

Below: London’s South Bank complex – site of the self-guided poetry project, You are Here.