Onestop Media Group / TTC
Words Travel Fast sets poetry into motion on the TTC network screens.
Poets Emily Pohl-Weary, Emily Schultz and Zoe Whittall collaborate
with motion-graphics artists Franco Barroeta, Emma Lopez and Karen
Richardson, creating unique motion-poems.
A project by Onestop Media and Art for Commuters.
Artists take over TTC
Words Travel Fast, 2007
Group exhibition curated by Art for Commuters
A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independant Project
Animations based on the work of three Toronto writers will be screened in subway stations across the
city from dusk 'til dawn (starting at 7:03 pm, September 29, 2007).
Even your ride to Nuit Blanche will be filled with art!
For the first time ever, the TTC will keep part of its subway service open all night long. Half-a-dozen
Words Travel Fast animations will be playing on Onestop's network of subway station television screens
for the entire twelve hours, without interruption from news flashes and marketing.
Experience media art that expands the possibilities for both poetry and motion-graphics in this unique
venue. Words Travel Fast showcases new animated works featuring the poetry of Toronto-based writers who
reflect on the experience of urban life.
The 6 motion-poems commissioned for Words Travel Fast emerged from the collaborative pairing of poet
Emily Pohl-Weary with motion graphics artist Karen Richardson, poet Emily Schultz with motion graphics
artist Franco Barroeta Fonseca, and poet Zoe Whittall with motion graphics artist Emma Lopez.
"It's fascinating to watch my urban poetry being translated into such a contemporary art form."-Emily
"Writing a poem is a solitary act. Watching that poem transform into a short film and broadcast
to its widest potential audience makes something abstract and solitary into a more tangible, community
Words Travel Fast will air on the entire TTC network of screens until 1:30 am. After this time, the
TTC will be reducing its service, so you will find the motion-poems in the following stations: St. George,
St. Andrew, Union; King, Queen, Dundas, Wellesley, Bloor-Yonge, Bay, Broadview, and St. Clair.
Brought to you with financial support from the Ontario Arts Council.
About the Writers Involved
Award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary's most recent book is Strange Times at Western High, a young
adult mystery novel set in west-end Toronto. The poems being screened are from her poetry collection,
Emily Schultz is a writer living in Toronto. Her collection of poems, Songs for the Dancing Chicken,
released in spring 2007. Schultz is also the author of the recent novel Joyland.
Zoe Whittall is the author of the novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (Cormorant 2007) and two volumes of poetry,
The Emily Valentine Poems (Snare, 2006) and The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (McGilligan, 2001).