Mr Gee at the ODI Summit 2019. CC by 4.0.

ODI Fridays: The poetry of data with Mr Gee

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Fri Feb 28, 2020 13:00
Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Mr Gee will share how he’s combined his love of classic poetry with data to find his own unique interpretation of the world

ODI Fridays are free lunchtime lectures for everyone. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

As a poet, I’ve always lived on intuition, imagination and inspiration. My world has often been something far removed from even the most remotest of clouds. So imagine my surprise when I was invited to compose data-related poems for the ODI. To try to find the abstract among the AI, the artistry amidst the analytics. Was it possible to find poetry within data?

My talk will cover how my brief interactions with Data as Culture at the ODI allowed me to combine it with my love of classic poetry and find my own unique interpretation of the world. The result was Bring Me My Fire-Truck, which features in our 2020 exhibition Copy That? Surplus Data in an Age of Repetitive Duplication

About the speaker

Mr Gee has been performing poetry for 20 years. Perhaps best known as the “Poet Laureate” on Russell Brand’s notorious radio show, his work has featured in the Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman. He’s presented many series on Radio 4 and co-hosts a podcast called “The Magic Number”.

Live stream

There will be a live stream of the full talk here from 1pm on Friday 28 February 2019.