POW is written and read by Rebecca Perry and is taken from her first collection of poetry, Beauty/Beauty, which is out on Bloodaxe Books: bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=1780371454
This poem seems to me - at least at its most superficial (at the level at which I wanted to start thinking about it) - to be about the visual but often unacknowledged associations we make with certain words and phrases that mean something separate to those associations.
So I took each phrase and entered it into youtube, ripping whichever bits of video I most liked from each page until I had collected two or three pieces of video for each line of poetry. I then repeated the process using single words, resulting in another four or five pieces of video per line of poetry. I then edited some of this together, using human emotion to make the choices. Then refilmed the footage twice over to unify it in its own linear strand of video resolution. This is what gives the cuts the white bursts, the images the warped slant and the colours the deep saturation.
I thought that using the algorithms of the internet to help me choose the images associated with each word or phrase would be interesting because that is so often the way in which we search for the meaning of words now, and also adds an extra dimension of chance - of association - into the process. The internet often throws up unexpected/unwanted results when we give it words, and we see this as a failure - a misinterpretation of our own words rather than the internet's own interpretation of them. So in this film you have Rebecca's original associations, as expanded in her words, my associations as inputted into the internet, and the internet's associations, as chosen through its interpretation of my search history. The internet is a kind of brain but one that we don't usually associate with emotion; simply literal interpretation. But it has contributed to this emotional outcome as much as I have.