I Dream of Canute (& The Sea is Rising)


I Dream of Canute (& The Sea is Rising) is a digital public artwork that takes the form of a poem that disintegrates slowly over the course of a century. The work was produced as part of Arctica and is an attempt to stretch our perception of time by creating a literary artwork that is formally linked to our planets rising sea levels. This self-destructive poem will play out over the next 100 years, a time period in which it is highly likely that we will experience at least one metre of sea level rise. As we enter each year, one line of the poem will disappear representing one centimetre of sea level rise. The poem has been composed in such a way that it can still hang together as a literary artefact, albeit a permanently shifting one, as it shrinks over time.

You can read the poem online and find out more about the making of the work by clicking on the button below.