Joan Brossa practiced since the early 1940s poetry that extended to all forms and channels, and used all kind of techniques, among them the visual arts such as collage. Over the years, he would say “visual poetry”, but in the beginning he was more interested in “experimental” or open research, or communication.
The result of his query was a first two sets visual poetry books, the Visual Suites from 1959 to 1969, and Livable Poems in 1970. This was the most prolific year, although at that time Brossa could not but strive for publish some of those jobs.
Both books have been very partially exposed until now, only a few more have been published in Catalonia and France. But the vast majority of the more than a thousand visual poems presented with the Computer Vision Centre – UAB Library at the Library Living Lab at Miquel Batllori Library in Sant Cugat are first seen. Brossa continued working on this set until the end of his life to editing visual poems loose, or in some cases whole sets edited with the help of friends like Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies. Thanks to these publications in the seventies came into channels for the dissemination of experimental poetry and contemporary art. Some of these poems have become iconic, but now for the first time one can see them in their original state.
The main feature of this action is that, from 14 October 2016 for two weeks, it will be the same audience of the exhibition who will have the chance to choose from the wide collection of unpublished poems using an interactive tool which will add their feelings and impressions to the poems chosen. These poems will go on the Internet via the Twitter account @BrossaInedit, who became from that moment on the real new collection.
Joan Brossa Foundation launches in this way a policy of spreading its virtual archive, preserved at the Centre d’Estudis i Documentació́ del MACBA. Joan Brossa always repeated that visual poetry was for him “a communication service.” Doing so with the media today is to stay true to the idea of the poet.