RECYCLED (Web-Based Poem)

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This piece is an HTML5 web-based art project called ‘Recycled’ or ‘Excuse, a Poem.’ It is a piece attempting to raise questions about people’s reasons for not separating their trash. This puts a variety of participant’s points of view into conversation with each other in a web-poem-performance with some in favour of recycling and others convinced it is a waste of time. Although I do have a bias here towards a pro-recycling point of view, this piece’s main objective is to address this issue and put all concerns in conversation. The end hope however, is that the user will in fact consider the positive value of recycling. That result however was of course entirely decided upon by the participants contributing to this project via their audio recordings. For the creation of this work I was inspired by ‘Gibber,’ another web-based eco art project created by Andrea Rawlings. In ‘Gibber,’ Rawlings had participants contribute, via social media, creative content to her project which she then turned into non-traditional poetry on the ‘Gibber’ website. For ‘Recycled,’ I used a similar methodology. Utilizing Facebook (Rawlings used Twitter), I had an “event” which asked participants to contribute three words or less which explained excuses for not recycling by a certain date. Then, as unmediated as I could manage, I put this content into its HTML5 web form. On the site, users can click on each category of recycling separation and will be given somewhat-appropriately categorized sets of participants’ “three words or less” contributions to be played by swiping their mouse over the corresponding coloured boxes which are animated to jump out when this is done. This creates a randomized poem being read by each of the participants of the project which can continue as long as the user desires or, by clicking the bit-map styled looping GIF of properly separated recycling in each category, the user can return to the main page where they can select to venture into another category and engage in an entirely new poem. Essentially what I have done here, taking after Rawlings’ style of web-based poetry, is used an online community to performatively engage a currently pressing and often dismissed part of our every day lives which has a direct and powerful impact on our immediate eco-system, recycling.

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