Here Are My Instructions

writing instructions / reading walls

curated by Susan Johanknecht and Redell Olsen


A visual poetics project exploring verbal/visual crossovers in relation to a specific site: a wall in the Poetry Society Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London.


Artists/writers from a range of disciplines were invited to explore text as a visual, performative entity and the page as an expanded, architectural space.

Each artist submitted a proposal of instructions. The sequence of wall-page exhibitions were installed from January to May 2003. These then formed the basis of the Gefn Press publication, Here are my Instructions which developed the project further through essays, a new text by Redell Olsen entitled ‘We await your instructions nervously’, documentation and artists’ pages.


Participants included:
Sally Alatalo, Asa Anderson, Les Bicknell, Allen Fisher, Robert Hampson, Peter Jaeger, Sharon Kivland, Brigid McLeer, Gillian Wylde