When we first started our SignLaboratory Instagram, we tried follwoing people who followed us, with the vague idea that generous reciprocity was the right way to go. We found ourselves trudging through content we had no interest in, and which gave us that “junk food” feeling the internet is famous for. Realizing we disliked Instagram for that reason, we embarked upon a rigorous edit. Our criteria: whatever we follow must illuminate — No same-old same-old (people posing in random places, fashionistas taking selfies, cats, plates of food, sunsets).
Instagram has become of a delightful tool of illumination. The Tate Modern’s feed is especially rich with wonderful artworks accompanied by concise commentary. We discovered Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair’s “sculptural poems“; each form is like a verse that can stand alone or be part of a whole. At top, her Poem of Nine Verses; above, Poem; below, Poem Wall all share the remarkable feeling of reading poetry.
The way I organise my sculptural poems is inspired by Arabic poetry. I wanted rhythm like the poetic meter, to be at once more independent and interlinked, and to have lines like meanings.’