Reading town’s resident international performance poet, AF Harrold, has taken the concept of performance poetry to new realms of existence. How? Using the AF Harrold website he has enabled people to download and construct an avatar of himself. This effectively moves himself from real work to virtual world (website), then from virtual world to real world (download and print) in multiple different places from printers all over the world:
“Want a cut out and keep A.F. Harrold paper doll, designed by Dolly Dolly, to sit on your desk? Right click here. (And choose ‘save target as…’)“
The story goes further, once AFH has been transported from real world to virtual world and then back to the real world, AFH encourages his newsletter readers to take photographs of their dolly and send them to him, some of them will make the journey back into the virtual world. From AFH’s newsletter:
â€˜download the cut-out-build-and-keep your very own AFH paper dollâ€™ link â€“ download the template, build a paper AFH (please be careful when using sharp blades, I accept no liability for injuries or embarrassment) â€“ and then… take photographs. Put your miniature AFH in curious places, with curious people, at exotic unlikely destinations and snap away.
Iâ€™ll put up some of the best or most interesting pictures (only those suitable for family viewing, though under-the-counter prizes may be awarded too) in a gallery either on www.afharrold.co.uk or on my Facebook and/or my My Space space.
The prospect of participating in this treat may well prompt me to spend some money on a colour printer. Participation is just to, too, two, tempting!
I love the idea of 4 dimensional, group performance poetry, its the best.