Combine experiential typography, poetry, light and shadows, the seasons, and art/architecture, and you have the One Day Poem Pavilion. It’s a dome-like structure with simple perforations on its surface, but with light and shadows, words are created underneath the piece, which change with the passing of time. Over the course of 24 hours, viewers get a poem in pieces, what can be referred to as “slow media”.
In this fast paced world, it is difficult to pause even for a few minutes. If a web site takes longer than a few seconds to load in the browser, we move on to another site. Designer, engineers, and scientists put a lot of effort in making things faster. However, our life is finite. Nature has its own speed. Humans cannot control it: we live underneath its providence. Slowness has its own value.
In the One Day Poem Pavilion, messages flow slowly because they follow the movement of the sun. These slow messages offer the audience time to meditate. We cannot force it to go fast. We should wait. We live under the laws of nature. Slowness affords us time to rethink our lives which are finite and valuable. While the poem is revealed slowly, the meaning will resonate with the audience.
The pavilion was created by Jiyeon Song as a graduate thesis. The poem, a Sijo (classical Korean poetry) translated into English, differs depending on the solar calendar. During the winter solstice, the poem’s theme is reflecting on the passing of time, and during the summer solstice, the theme is new life.
Check out more information, including the technique in developing this pavilion, further experiments, and audience experiences, by checking out this link.