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Who we are
OBJECT:PARADISE is a performance and poetics collective founded in 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic by Tyko Say and Jeff Milton. The original concept was simple and remains our core principle today: let’s make the public poetry reading more accessible.
We don’t believe in a poetic language nor the best words in the best order, but rather believe that readings can be a celebration of language that everyone can come to. We want to deconstruct the classism and prejudice inherent in “good” language versus “bad” language use and, instead, celebrate the moment that language exists in.
In 2018 OBJECT:PARADISE had its first event, Poetry of Sound, at the Czech Inn in Prague, Czech Republic. The happening would inspire later events that emphasize the connotative forces of language; specifically, performance, sound, and space.
In 2020 OBJECT:PARADISE, z.s. became a non-profit organization where the OBJECT:PARADISE Manifesto was officially written. The collective has three equal governing bodies which are reflective of their mission to celebrate language in context: poetics, performance, and sound.
In June 2021, the collective launched an on-going, print-only project titled KROTCH Magazine which publishes monthly writings from collective and community members without any identifying author information. The objective of the project is to prioritize physicality, language, and the reader experience to fight against denotative authorship prevelant in modern identity poetics canon.
Since the collective’s creation in 2018, the collective has curated and directed various performances, installations, and multi-media projects in light of the Manifesto, generating a strong following of community members who seek to engage with poetics in a low-brow, accessible, and immersive way.
Press / Seen in
Terrain 13 (Terrain festival ; Spokane, Washington)
Apriticty Magazine, Volume VI (University of Texas Austin)
November 2022 Issue (South Flordia Poetry Journal)
Pražský Mikrofestival 2022 (A2 Magazine / iTvar)
Instant Nostalgia (A2 Magazine)
Object Paradise, el colectivo artístico que quiere devolver la vida y la voz al barrio de Žižkov(Radio Prague International)
Žižkov, Where Are You? (iTvar Magazine)
Atticus Review Issue Three (Atticus Review)
Poetics collective OBJECT:PARADISE celebrates Žižkov (Prague Monitor)
A Transcontinental Collaboration with Object:paradise (Flow Chart Foundation)
Tentacle Poetry Pop-up (Hudson Hall)
There’s a Projection Of Hope & Solidarity In Vinohrady (Prague Morning)
HYB4 Čítárna: Poetronika! (Kampus Hybernska)
So Say We All Public Access TV (SSWA TV)
Prague Microfestival XIII (PMF)
Festival of Hope 2 (Versopolis)
Tyko Say of OBJECT:PARADISE: Five Things You Need To Write Powerful And Evocative Poetry (Authority Magazine)
OBJECT:PARADISE Volume II to be Released on Seattle-based Sifter Grim (Prague Monitor)
Paradise Poems from New York & Prague (Culture Smuggling)
The OBJECT:PARADISE collective is currently governed by three members ︎
Founder & Director of Poetics and Media
Director of Performance
Director of Poetics & Czech Media