I n t e r f a c e  p o e t r y


Interface is an in-between place – a field which connects (or separates) humans, devices, programs and algorithms.

On a daily basis, we look at interfaces in order to communicate with other humans. We touch the screen to touch our partner. We got acquainted with interface design and it seems transparent to us, but what if it’s not? We allowed designers from Facebook and Instagram to be present in our daily interactions with the ones we care for. It’s not only pen and paper – it’s also Facebook Ads, interface of your browser, interface of your operating system on your computer or a smartphone. Interface speaks to us. What if its language is not transparent, either?

According to the most basic communication model by Shannon and Weaver, developed by structural linguistics (R. Jakobson), communication can be described as a message sent from sender to receiver, through some channel, using code, and emerged in / linking to some (external) context.

The main subject of my interest is a CHANNEL and how it influences the communication. All channels are affected by various types of NOISE – it can be environmental noise, if we communicate face-to-face, but it can also be a pop-up that shows up on a screen while we try to focus on a fiery response to somebody’s comment. In my opinion, the language itself is an extremely important „noise” – and this is the reason for me to constantly play with words, discredit them and use against their purpose. My signifié is different than any other’s. According to linguistic relativity, language remarkably influences our cognition. As every single person has its own idiolect, clear communication is impossible, in the same way as a perfectly smooth surface is impossible in physics.

The noise as an essential aspect of communication is symbolized in my artworks by glitch art and glitch aesthetic. What is the „sender” aspect of the interface message? Can we communicate with machines, systems? Why do we personify them and feel empathy towards artificial (?) communicates?

Interface poetry is a term that I coined to describe my artistic practice. My artworks are usually based on collage (paper or digital) and found poetry, which places them between poetry and visual art. As a digital interface can be both of a visual and textual nature, my research incorporate studying two of them: a word (literature) and an image (design).

How am I supposed to walk away
When I have lost all my limbs
Trying to stop the door that was about to shut?

digital collage, 2017
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

The only type of hand tool that she needs

paper collage, 2016
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

p l e a s e  d o n ’ t

digital collage, 2016
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

digital collage, 2016
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

digital collage, 2017
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

digital collage, 2016
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

digital collage, 2017
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

digital collage, 2018
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

digital collage, 2017
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz

digital collage, 2017
© Aleksandra Pieńkosz