This is an exercise from the Fluxus artist Robert Filliou’s book Teaching and Learning as Performance Arts, published in 1970. Together with the artist Emmett Williams, Filliou asked the audience at the closing of an exhibition to write down the name of something or somebody they would gladly get rid of. This was then collected and read as a collective poem.
In the online workshop The Art of Thinking we adapted the exercise to a "Letting Go Poem for Art Writers". Since we were online, everyone was asked to write a maximum of four words in the chat box.
Fear of irrelevance
Knotted up hair
Always the same layout template
Understanding therefore Considering how it usually done
Need for more research
Phillips head screws
Poem courtesy of the Art of Thinking workshop participants. Image and text courtesy of An Paenhuysen.