Billboards for… poetry

Dear progress is a series of word art/poems written by Micah Purnell and displayed on billboards around the city of Manchester, England.

The video explains both the wording and what Micah is thinking on.  He describes this work as:

Dear Progress is an open letter to the contemporary idea of progress and asks ‘are we really going forward?” The work itself is originally crafted using a 1960s Smith Corona Corsair typewriter; a nod to its decline in the 70s and the introduction of the technological revolution

Why is the series called “Dear Progress”?

It’s based on an Aldous Huxley quote:

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”


Tell Me More

Micah’s own website is frustratingly short on description and text – the words are basically a long and excellent list of exhibitions, projects and awards he’s been involved in.

To find out more, you need to click on the references at the bottom of the “info” page, under “Selected Press & Articles”.

There’s also an extra article (which is how I found out about him) on the Gather website here.


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