Figure is a poetic oracle manifested by Sachiko Murakami (programming) and angela rawlings (concept). The initial version of Figure was actualized for Hólmavík’s 2014 Disaster Days Mid-Winter Festival and debuted at the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft.
It became the only option: interrogate metaphor. Interrogate the necessity for a text to reflect you. Interrogate your position in relation to any text. (How) Is any "you" or any "I" in a poem related to the positioning of self in oracular statements?
Thanks to Starkaður Barkarson and Bill Kennedy for programming guidance. Thanks to Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Eyrún Ýr Hildardóttir Magdic, Maja Jantar, Sophie Mayer, Jocelyn Nadine, Jordan Scott, Robert Swereda, and Danielle Vogel for sharing their questions and fleshing out discussion. Thank you to Steinar Bragi, Gary Barwin, Kristín Eiríksdóttir, Marta Guðrún Johannesdóttir, and Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl for feedback.
Figure's mascot is the raven and bell watching over the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík, Iceland. Gratitude to Sigurður Atlason, the museum's guardian, who provided us with residence, warmth, support, and space to actualize our oracular dream.
With special thanks to the colour sage green. Get it? Sage...
"as these things are they are only dreams as i have told foretold the wish it seems to be made whole as words are extensions of our fears & longings"
— bpNichol, Journal (Coach House Press, 1978)