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ODI Fridays: The poetry of data with Mr Gee

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Open Data Institute

65 Clifton Street

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ODI Fridays are free lunchtime lectures for everyone. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

As a poet, I've always lived on intuition, imagination and inspiration. My world has often been something far removed from even the most remotest of clouds. So imagine my surprise when I was invited to compose data-related poems for the ODI. To try to find the abstract among the AI, the artistry amidst the analytics. Was it possible to find poetry within data?

My talk will cover how my brief interactions with Data as Culture at the ODI allowed me to combine it with my love of classic poetry and find my own unique interpretation of the world. The result was "Bring Me My Fire-Truck".

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Mr Gee has been performing poetry for 20 years. Perhaps best known as the "Poet Laureate" on Russell Brand's notorious radio show, his work has featured in the Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman. He's presented many series on Radio 4 and co-hosts a podcast called "The Magic Number".

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