London urban poetry artist Robert Montgomery works with text in a post-Situationist tradition. Since 2005 he has carried out his WORDS IN THE CITY AT NIGHT project, inspired by the Situationist concept of detournement,where he hijacks advertising space in the city, often illegally. He covers illuminated advertising billboards with austere black posters with white letters: his texts part poetry, part an enquiry into our collective unconscious, and an attempt to describe in public space ‘what it feels like to live now’. His texts and poems connect with the traditions of conceptual art, concrete poetry, Situationism, and contemporary artists like Jenny Holzer, but have their own resonant melancholic voice.


Where Does the Dust Itself Collect? by Xu Bing

This installation piece was created using dust which was collected from the aftermath of September 11 in an attempt to comprehend and understand the implications the tragic event had. The words which can be seen are taken from a Zed Buddhist poem:

The Bodhi (True Wisdom) is not like the tree; 
The mirror bright is nowhere shining;
As there is nothing from the first,
Where does the dust itself collect?