The London Poetry Game ran for six days, between the 5th and 11th of July, 2010.
I was commissioned by Sarah Ellis and Alex Fleetwood to write a new poem for the LPG project. Once the poem was finished, every line was translated into a different language found in London: German, Hindi, Russian, Cantonese, Yoruba and Farsi, among 20 others.
On the 5th, the poem was published online, and the game was afoot. Participants were asked to seek out native speakers of each language, and request their help retranslating the poem back into English. The translators phoned through each new interpretation to the LPG answering machine. The person who managed to translate the most lines was declared the winner.
On Sunday 11th July, a new version of the poem was assembled from these collected audio recordings & broadcast at the National Theatre as part of the Hide&Seek Weekender. I was away doing a gig in Manchester at the time, but Sarah Ellis held up her mobile phone to the speaker so I could listen in :)
Three months later, I've now remixed this final recording into a short film, using screen capture software, a camera phone, and two seconds of John Travolta's debut, The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. This film was debuted at Revolutions In Form at the Bluecoat Gallery as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2010. Thanks to Nafe Jones and Mercy for the northwest support.
The song I've sampled is "Kt" by Bexar Bexar.
Original Concept / Game Design - Alex Fleetwood
Poem / Film - Ross Sutherland
Game Visuals - Consuelo Yavar Larrain
Technology - Chris Thorpe
Producer - Sarah Ellis