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Sunday, 17 March 2013 18:17

In Our Virtual Hands


The threshold between a private, fleeting thought and its fully fledged manifestation in the real world. I picture her standing there, her hair newly braided, her hands nervously smoothing out her freshly ironed skirt. The smile is tentative, but she holds her head high. There is pride in her posture and an eagerness to engage with what lies ahead. She takes a bold step forward. People look up and pay attention to her message.

I remember writing my very first manifesto for an art project I conceived with Qra, a friend. It was the beginning of the mass-scale internet age. Qra was based in Sieradz, Poland, I in Aberystwyth, Wales. We hardly knew each other outside our favourite radio station’s chat room, but we shared a passion for the beauty of the written, sung and spoken word. We wanted to proclaim it to the world and create a platform for creativity on the internet. Nothing ever came of it. We never managed to go beyond the declaration of intent, but I recall the wondrous moment of anticipation: standing there on that threshold, the Manifesto in our virtual hands.

Years have gone by. My passions have grown and strengthened. And here I am, part of the kind of online creativity platform Qra and I had once dreamt of, working with others, who in the words of Lucinda de Leeuw are not afraid to “uncover the blank page” (“The Pen’s Manifesto”).

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Karina Magdalena Szczurek

Karina is a writer and literary critic based in Cape Town.

Website: karinamagdalena.com/

1 comment

  • Comment Link Lucinda Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:43 posted by Lucinda

    What an awesome feat to be quoted in your editorial, Karina!

    Great to learn that a dream and its intent manifested and have now gone beyond its threshold to allow others the chance at a platform to air their creative expressions. Thank you to you and the entire editorial team for publishing my bit at inspiring others who toil (and toil and toil and...) at lifting the seal off of their blank pages.

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