Poetry will be made by all!

Curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist for 89plus with Kenneth Goldsmith, Luna Miguel and Giovanna Olmos.

The creative practices of a world shaped by the globalising power of the internet is the focus of the Swedish edition of ”Poetry Will be Made by All!”.

It is an opportunity for 89plus to elaborate on the explorations that began in Zurich in 2014 as part of their exhibition of the same name, which was itself inspired by the seminal 1969 exhibition at Moderna Museet, ”Poetry Must be Made by All! Transform the World!” It is also another milestone in 89plus’s publishing project “1000 Books by 1000 Poets”,  which will publish 1000 new books of expanded writing and poetry by authors from all over the world.

89plus has invited poets, visual artists, authors, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, koreografer, reserachers och technologists born in 1989 or later to participate in Poetry Will be Made by All! Which is a part of After Babel.

In the exhibition After Babel you can see artworks on screen by: Sarah Abu Abdallah, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Yollotl Alvarado, Darja Bajagić, Josh Bitelli, Domingo Castillo, Nina Djekić, Valia Fetisov, Emmanuel Iduma, Yuan Keru, Nicholas Korody, Nicholas Maurer, Felix Melia, Llewellyn Millhouse, Khun Minn Ohn, Adriana Ramić, Bunny Rogers, Muhammad Umar Saeed, Hugo Scibetta, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Jasper Spicero, Laís Tavares, Philipp Timischl, Alexander Jackson Wyatt, Yu Youyou, Bruno Zhu.

One of them is presented here:

Hugo Scibetta

Screen recording of a digital painting

08:14 min

Hugo Scibetta, Screen recording of a digital painting, 08:14 min


My work for this screening is both the beginning of a new series but also a continuation of a painting study that I developed thanks to the 89plus Residency at Google Cultural Institute. In an attempt at going back to the gesture and the contemplative picture, I decided to continue my Google scanners archive study, to make it more complete. For that purpose I started a new series of video and canvas. One is the process and the other the result (in some ways). The video (process) is a component of slowness, and a test (thus it can fail) to find the pleasure of the gesture. Vacillating between accuracy and loosening, I used the maximum 5 minutes as a constraint.”

Poetry will be made by all! – 89plus After Babel Stockholm Sessions

Poetry will be made by all! Introduction

Poetry will be made by all! Klara Ström

Poetry will be made by all! Andrew Durbin

Poetry will be made by all! The Council for Grand Art

See all the videos from Poetry will be made by all!

Performences by the following poets took place in the exhibition After Babel on 13 June: Rachael Allen, Ho Rui An, Natalia Marina Fuentes Araya, Elis Burrau, Sophie Collins, Philip Berlim & Louise Dahl, Andrew Durbin, Robert Glück, Kenneth Goldsmith, Arvida Byström & Maja Malou Lyse, Yodit Girmay, Luna Miguel, Eileen Myles, George Nordmark, Giovanna Olmos, Claudia Pages, Bunny Rogers, Jesse Stecklow, Klara Ström, The Council for Grand Art.

All performances are also available on YouTube/ModernaMuseet

New voices in the project 89plus After Babel Sessions will appear in the exhibition throughout the summer until 30 August. Names and dates will be announced here.

Panel talk: Poetry will be made by all! – 89plus After Babel Stockholm Sessions

On 9 June at 12 noon–2 pm a panel talk took place in the Coffee Bar at Moderna Museet.

Participants: Alessandro Bava, Daniel Birnbaum, Simon Denny, Catrin Lundqvist, Ann-Sofi Noring, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Giovanna Olmos and new voices from the Stockholm 89plus Open Call.

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castets

Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets with Internationalismus by Sarah Ortmeyer. Installation view in the exhibition ‘Poetry Will be Made by All!’ at LUMA Westbau, Löwenbräukunst, Zürich, 2014 © Sarah Ortmeyer. Photo by Sangwoo Lee.

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