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Robot takes poetry to the streets of Fremantle

30th March 2015

In an unexpected collaboration local poet Nandi Chinna will team up with a Dutch robot for the 2015 Fremantle Street Arts Festival. SKRYF, which is the brainchild of Eindhoven artist Gijs van Bon, will creep around the Fremantle Town Hall leaving a trail of Chinna’s poetry created from piles of sand.

Van Bon has said the idea behind the project is that the lines of poetry exist only momentarily. As the machine painstakingly shapes each letter, the poetry is destroyed by the audience or by the elements.

Chinna said she immediately saw the correlation between what she was attempting to express in her poetry and SKRYF.

‘My poetry is about uncovering the lost places that are beneath our feet – the lost wetlands long covered by cement and sand,’ said Chinna.

‘SKRYF in its very transience is a very powerful representation of how fragile our environment really is,’ said Chinna.

Chinna said she chose works from her latest poetry collection Swamp: Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain because they were written in response to her walks around Fremantle.

‘By walking we can feel the nature of the place through the soles of our feet and through our physical senses, and can learn elements of the place that will allow us to live more harmoniously upon it,’ said Chinna.

SKRYF writes with sand text on the ground. The sand flows out of a small, manipulated opening. Very slowly it puts the text, letter by letter, on the ground. As long as the machine is writing a letter, it protects that part of the text. When the machine finishes the letter and moves on to the next part, it reveals the text just written to the elements and passers-by.

SKRYF will be writing outside the Fremantle Town Hall at 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday 4 April and Sunday 5 April and at 12 noon to 4 pm on Monday 6 April.

For more information please contact Claire Miller, cmiller@fremantlepress.com.au

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In an unexpected collaboration local poet Nandi Chinna will team up with a Dutch robot for the 2015 Fremantle Street Arts Festival.

SKRYF, which is the brainchild of Eindhoven artist Gijs van Bon, will creep around the Fremantle Town Hall leaving a trail of Chinna’s poetry created from piles of sand. »