Previously at the ICA - Films
21 Dec 2014
"Founded by artist Zata Kitowski over a decade ago, the PoetryFilm art project continues to play with the avant-garde" - aqnb, 2014
PoetryFilm celebrates experimental poetryfilms, art films, text films, sound films, silent films, poet-filmmaker collaborations, auteur films, films based on poems, poems based on films, and other avant-garde text/image/sound screening and performance material.
The PoetryFilm project has resulted in over 60 events at cinemas, galleries, literary festivals and academic institutions featuring films, poetry readings, live performances and talks. PoetryFilm Solstice will feature the following programme of short poetryfilms and live performances, curated by Zata Kitowski:
Reversed Mirror | Eduardo Kac, 1997 (7 mins.)
Equally concerned with the aesthetic and the social aspects of verbal and non-verbal interaction, in his work Kac examines linguistic systems and dialogic exchanges. Kac's pieces, which often link virtual and physical spaces, propose alternative ways of understanding the role of communication phenomena in creating shared realities. Eduardo Kac is a contemporary American artist and professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lunar Tides | Susan Trangmar, 2014 (9 mins.)
Lunar Tides is a word-based moving image artwork reflecting upon the changing relationship between the moon and the earth over time, which affects the ocean tides. The work points to a time in the future which is beyond our human-centred existence. It is part of an ongoing series of works under the umbrella title 'Shifting Terrains' which concerns the interplay between geological, climatic and human elements making up the area of Romney Marsh and Dungeness, where the artist lives part-time. Susan Trangmar is a Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Sandpiper | John Scott, 2014 (3 mins. 30 secs.)
Elizabeth Bishop, whose life took her in numerous directions, explicitly compared her quest to that of the sandpiper. Both are great observers and both are looking for “something, something, something”. The poetry film is based on footage provided by the Macauley Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Full Stop | Zata Kitowski, 2014 (4 mins. 30 secs.)
The poem Full Stop is taken from a sequence of punctuation poems published in Zata Kitowski’s collection Doppelgängers (Heaventree, 2005). Presented on paper, the concrete poem Full Stop takes the shape of a circular full stop. In this transcreation, the material is presented aurally as Morse Code, and visually as a moving telegram. This artwork was funded by Arts Council England.
Turbines in January | Kate Sweeney + Colette Bryce (2 mins.)
This poetry film explores scientific research into wind turbine technology and was inspired by the work of the Dove Marine Laboratory at Cullencoats.
Self-Evident Things | Piotr Bosacki (10 mins.)
Piotr Bosacki works in the Intermedia Department at the University of Arts in Poznan and is a member of the artistic group Penerstwo. In his creative work he uses a variety of media and forms, including drawing, animated film, installation, musical composition and literature. His PhD thesis “The Economy of Elements” is a treatise about artwork and language. In 2009 he invented continuous motion picture technology (film without frames). Piotr Bosacki lives and works in Poznan?.
Dream Poem | Dann Casswell, 2006 (1 min. 30 secs.)
“The film was once played for the Sultan of Brunei, whose daughter is dyslexic. He actually sent me a sword to say thank you. It was all very strange. I still love it dearly, so I hope you enjoy it as much as the Sultan did. Please don’t send me any more swords.” – Dann Casswell
Afterlight | Timothy David Orme (3 mins.)
Afterlight is a short hand-made film that explores both one's inherent darkness and one's inherent lightness. Every frame was made with charcoal on paper (sometimes each frame was drawn up to eight times) and then composited digitally.
The Portrait of Jean Genet | artist project Disinformation, 2014 (3 mins.)
The Portrait of Jean Genet is a extract from an, if not infinite, then at least potentially very long video installation by the artist project Disinformation, which is based on an artwork that was published online on Flickr in 2011, then published in paper form in the book Rorschach Audio in 2012.
These artworks are in-turn based on the final interview given by the French author and poet Jean Genet, shortly before his death. Jean Genet mishears the interviewer Nigel Williams, asking “Vous avez dit, L’Amour?” (“Did you say... Love”), because “J’ai entendue La Mort” (“I heard... Death”). The terms “L'Amour" and "La Mort" sound essentially identical, and are disambiguated primarily by understanding their use in context.
The Rorschach Audio research project draws an analogy between the way in which listeners project meanings onto ambiguous sounds, and the way viewers project illusory shapes onto the symmetrical patterns of the famous Rorschach ink-blot tests. Likewise The Portrait of Jean Genet draws an analogy between the way listeners disambiguate perceptions of so-called “homophonic” sounds, and the way viewers project contradictory interpretations onto ambiguous visual figures, such as the spontaneously-reversing cube discovered by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker.
Solstice | Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, 2013 (3 mins.)
A film commissioned by the Royal Society of Psychiatrists to mark the solstice, filmed over the summer solstice of 2013 on Glastonbury Tor, at the Glastonbury Festival and in the grounds of the Abbey. Solstice is an exploration of the histories, landscape and atmosphere of what has come before and what will be.
This is the first in the series of landscape moving image works in which the artists play with light and architecture to create a dreamy montage of loosely connected and at times abstract imagery, leaving any narrative up to the eye of the viewer. It is a poetic offering of something that is both myth and reality.
PoetryFilm is supported by Arts Council England.