Dell M. hamilton

In the spirit of experimental and ephemeral art pioneered by individual artists such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, and Allen Kaprow, in the performance art world, an “event score” is simply a set of instructions that are:

·  Created to instigate participatory actions that are executed and interpreted by multiple individuals
·  Enacted over time, geography and context
·  Performed with a great deal of reverence for fun, play, serendipity and the live moment

As such, P.L.A.Y. (Poetry. Light. Art. You.) is conceived as a participatory, virtual poetic event score. P.L.A.Y. invites individuals from all walks of life to broadcast a poem about light via the new live feed mobile app, Periscope. 

The poem can simply include the word “light” in it or “light” can be interpreted e.g. weight, mood, scientific, environmental, spiritual or visual. Poems can take any form such as sonnets, haikus, raps, limericks, or riddles. 

Want to get involved with P.L.A.Y. right now? Create your own "poetic scope" by checking out the instructions here. P.L.A.Y. also invites you to share the concept widely and check out my first "poetic scope" here and contact me via email at dell@dellmhamilton.com or Twitter @dellmhamilton if you want to present a "poetic scope" during ILLUMINUS on October 10th. Many thanks in participating!


Dell M. Hamilton is an artist, writer and curator based in Boston. Her studio practice is grounded in research as well as in the interdisciplinary mediums of installation, video, photography and performance art. Her scholarly lectures and art projects have been shown to a wide variety of audiences in the U.S. as well in France, Italy and Chile. In 2013, she was a member of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's arts & culture policy and campaign team.

She currently works at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research where she has previously curated exhibitions for MacArthur "genius" award winner, Carrie Mae Weems, as well as contemporary artists, Suesan Stovall and Lyle Ashton Harris. She is a contributor to Transition magazine, an international review published by Indiana University Press. Hamilton obtained her BA in journalism from Northeastern University and completed her MFA in studio art through a joint program between the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. To learn more about her work, visit dellmhamilton.com.


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