Pen & Image, a global artistic collaboration without artists.

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A new global project where four international contributors interpret a random word using images or text, all within 24-hours.

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After a long conversation in Feb 2011 about rubbish artwork, Stephen Hawking, and homosexuality, Hannah Ross in London and James Wang in New York began the Pen & Image challenge; a multidisciplinary daily creative project. April 2011 brought on board Ben Caro hailing from Los Angeles; and May 2011 was the start of a rotating international fourth contributor — each month changing to a new city.

The project has evolved into a creative collaboration in comparative urbanism; seeing how people of differing professional fields in major cities interpret the same language under the (only) constraint of time.

Upcoming contributors include: South Korea (teacher), Australia (critic), Portugal (waitress), Texas (death row inmate), and Berlin (chef).

Pen & Image begins with a random word generator which determines the daily word. Then, all four contributors interpret the word using text and imagery, covering eight categories: Comic, Fiction, List, Mobile Photo, Non-Fiction, Photograph, Poetry, or Visual Art. This is completed all within a 24-hour time frame.

An interactive installation will be showing from 16 - 23 June in the Concourse Gallery, London. There you will be able to watch the live feed as the contributors post, read printed books of the prior material, and submit your own interpretations of the daily word.


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