On-Site Poetry started in 2006. Citypoet Nick J. Swarth was asked to write a poem for a dead wall in the city of Tilburg. He asked typographer Sander Neijnens to design the text. The resulting art work 'mussenmanieren' was highly appreciated by citizens.
Supported by the local art committee KORT, Swarth and Neijnens subsequently made poems on six other locations in the period between 2007 and 2012. The project was called plekgedichten'. From 2012 on the project is continued as 'On-Site Poetry'.
In this project the poem and the design are site-specific and interact with the location in which they are realised. Some of them have a permanent character, others are temporary and can only be seen for a few days or even hours. Poems are commissioned by art events, cultural manifestations and graphic festivals.
Nick J. Swarth (1959) is a writer/performer, living in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He published several volumes of poetry as well as prose in literary magazines. Swarth was the citypoet of his hometown Tilburg (2005-2007). Furthermore he’s a member of the guerrilla rock trio Betonfraktion, and of ‘Zwarte Vleugels’ (Black Wings), a rock orientated production compagny.
Sander Neijnens (1957) works as a (typo)graphic designer in Tilburg, the Netherlands. His main activities are centered around the field of typography. Besides commissioned work he writes and publishes books about specific subjects, such as the design of numbers on football shirts and the enchanting sound of the Giulietti accordion.
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