Though it was created over 50 years ago, Escher’s work has a powerful resonance
Escher created his famous ‘Relativity’ lithograph in 1953, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a modern piece. Looking at the surreal cacophony of stairs, and overlapping paths – it evokes the experience of browsing the internet. Just yesterday, when researching for my last poem for this residency, I found myself flitting from Twitter in search of the new US Poet Laureate’s work, then getting lost on Inua Ellams’ timeline, which reminded me to book a ticket to his RAP party at British Library, which took me back to my laptop to open a new tab at which point I remembered that I had originally been looking for poetry to read. This sense of constant detour is not dissimilar to that feeling of going up the stairs to a room, only to forget what you went to that room for. But the lengthy journeys are also to be embraced, as trains of thought cross pollinate with interfering ones to help create new ideas.
Keep track of your journey as a digital dweller today, how many detours did you take – were any of them useful in your creative process?