Technically Poetic: Wish-a-Poem

April 2024

Miami-Dade Public Libraries

Technically Poetic: Wish-a-Poem
Created by Yucef Merhi

On-view this April at the following Miami-Dade Public Libraries:

  • Westchester Regional Library 9445 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165
  • Northeast Dade-Aventura Branch 2930 NE 199th St, Aventura, FL 33180
  • Miami Beach Regional Library 227 22nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Wish-a-Poem is an interactive installation by artist Yucef Merhi that invites 3 users at 3 libraries across Miami to co-create a poem by rubbing a magic lamp. Inspired by the magic lamp's literary roots, Wish-a-Poem positions the object as a form of decolonial technology within the context of AI. Yucef Merhi is the inaugural winner of Technically Poetic, O, Miami’s new $30,000 commission for artists working at the intersection of poetry and technology.

About Technically Poetic
With funding provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, O, Miami is proud to announce the creation of Technically Poetic, an artist commission that unites poetry and technology. The commission is an open call for an artist or artist team of any discipline to create an original project that uses technology to spread the poetry of Miamians to Miamians. Interested in applying for the 2025 Festival? Check our Awards page in the Summer for more details.

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Yucef Merhi is a Miami-based artist, poet, and coder, whose innovative works fuse language, technology, and philosophical ideas. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas; De Appel, Amsterdam; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; among others.

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