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Send & Receive: Poetry, Film & Technology in the 21st Century (symposium at FACT Liverpool, part of the Type Motion exhibition)


FACT, in association with the University of Liverpool, PoetryFilm and The Poetry Society, is pleased to invite you to imagine the future of poetry at our symposium Send & Receive: Poetry, Film & Technology in the 21st Century.  With presentations from artists, scientists and thought leaders, the day examines innovative platforms involved in contemporary poetic practices.

Part of the Type Motion exhibition still running in FACT. 

How has the digital age changed the way in which poetry might be written, performed, communicated and received? This symposium brings together poets and practitioners in the visual arts to think about the potentials, difficulties, dialogues and collaborative possibilities that these new forms of poetry might take on. Poetry’s long standing engagement with the space between language and material world, between an embodied voice, voice as text and a transcendent self  meets new possibilities  in the 21st century.

The symposium will include three distinct discussion areas, with audiences invited to join facilitated discussions after each segment.  Confirmed speakers include George Szirtes (poet and translator), Deryn Rees Jones (poet and director of Centre for New and International Writing), Zata Kitowski (Director of PoetryFilm), Marco Bertamini and Georg Meyer (Visual Perception Labs UoL), Suzie Hanna (animator) and Jason Nelson (hypermedia poet and artist, Australia).

Tickets including refreshments and lunch: 25 GBP, discounts available. 

Venue: The Box, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool

5th February 2015, 10am – 5pm

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PoetryFilm News: January 2015

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“Founded by artist Zata Kitowski over a decade ago, the PoetryFilm art project continues to play with the avant-garde” – aqnb, September 2014

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“A great event – one of the most interesting and invigorating I have been to this year!” – Arts Council England, 2014

PoetryFilm World Tour

The PoetryFilm World Tour continues… 

  • Husavik, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Athens, Greece
  • Hvide Sande, Denmark
  • London, Liverpool, Leeds, UK
  • Cannes, France
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Miami, USA
  • Cork, Ireland

Two artworks by Zata selected for Tate Britain exhibition, 24-25 January 2015

tate logoI am delighted that two of my artworks, the concrete poem Full Stop, and the Morse Code sound transmission of the same text, have been selected for inclusion in Tate Britain’s RadioCity exhibition, a special season of radio, sound art, performance and broadcast. The printed text will be displayed, and both the text and the Morse Code audio will be broadcast through the radio channels at Tate Britain, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January 2015, 10am-6pm. Look and listen out for it if you visit Tate Britain today.

Happy Birthday Eugen Gomringer, the father of Concrete Poetry

Thanks to Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel at Zebra for the heads-up. 

“No mistake in the system”

Exhibition at Rook and Raven (London): Corinne Felgate

Corinne Felgate at Rook and Raven Gallery: Bigger Than the Both of Us
Exhibition runs: 23 January 2015 – 28 February 2015
Private View: 22 January 2015, 6pm – 8:30pm
The artist will be in conversation with curator Paul Bayley at 7pm

Bigger Than the Both of Us

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Zata invited to judge the Apples and Snakes poetry film competition

I am looking forward to being a Guest Judge for this competition organised by Apples and Snakes, one of the UK’s leading poetry organisations.
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Deadline 23 February
Open to poets living in the north of England, this competition from Apples and Snakes celebrates a DIY aesthetic with prizes offered to poets making their own film poems from storyboard to final cut. Awards go to best film, best first film and audience favourite. For rules and how to enter, click here:

PoetryFilm Solstice: Comments Book

Below is a selection of comments from the sold out PoetryFilm Solstice event at the ICA Cinema on 21 December 2014.

“Just a short word to say how much I enjoyed the poetry film winter solstice. It was wonderful, stimulating and great to see it got a full house too, lots of interesting brilliant people.”

“Really good to see something so unique and thought-provoking”

“Wonderful creative poetry films screened and excellently hosted/presented”

“Very unique and thought-provoking”

“Wonderful films, stimulating. Loved Sandpiper, Genet, Solstice”

“Great project – well produced. Dann Casswell’s film was great as was Sandpiper and Turbines”

“Some lovely inspirational creativity and all beautifully presented / hosted”

“Following PoetryFilm since my film was selected for Shot Through the Heart (Southbank) – lovely to come to an event – enjoyed the selection”

“Really enjoyed – thank you”

“Great programme”

“Fantastic films”

“Great selection of films! Love the connection between poetry and science in an experimental medium”

“Thank you really much!! That was hypnotic and poetic. Great time”

“Thank you for a fine afternoon. Enjoyed the turbine the most! :-)”

“Really enjoyed it, thought-provoking for a Sunday afternoon. Lovely venue”

“It’s the best poetry event that I’ve missed, yet!”

“Solstice screening today was cool. Lots of great stuff”

“Perfect way to spend the Winter Solstice. Keep up the good work and roll on the next event”

Merry Christmas!

As it is December 24 today, the night before Christmas, here is the 1905 poetry film “The Night Before Christmas” directed by Edwin S. Porter. It closely follows Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and was the first film production of the poem.

Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Based on the poem written by Clement Clarke Moore
Cinematography by Edwin S. Porter
Distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company
1,670 feet of film was shot, with 798 feet used

A panoramic shot of Santa Claus riding his sleigh over hills and the moon was shot using miniatures and a painted backdrop.

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“Separating and combining the senses” – Write Out Loud interviews Zata about the poetry film artform

Have you ever wondered about combining your poetry with film? Frances Spurrier interviews Zata Kitowski, director of PoetryFilm, about the creative possibilities involved in the art form.


Thank you for agreeing to talk to Write Out Loud about your project.  Can you begin by telling us about how PoetryFilm started?

I started PoetryFilm in 2002.  It was quite a niche genre back then as no-one else was really thinking much of combining poetry and film. The project arose also out of my personal practice as an artist and poet. The PoetryFilm project explores semiotics and meaning-making approaches of the art form.

How did the project develop?

Since 2002 there have been over 60 events, including screenings, festivals, live performances and talks. I have also given lectures and presentations at academic and other institutions, and I have judged poetry film competitions. PoetryFilm is now supported by Arts Council funding.

Sounds like you hit the ground running.  So what exactly would be involved for someone thinking of creating a piece of work based on a combination of film and poem?

There are different ways of approaching the art form. There might be a collaboration between a film maker and a poet but this does not have to be the case. An idea can start with a poem or with a film, or a piece of sound design, or a particular typography, or the work can emerge from a different angle.  There can be films based on poems, poems based on films, or material created as a unified artwork from the beginning. There can be text on screen, voiceover, or images can be used as the vocabulary. There can be sound films, there can be silent films. This is not a definitive list of approaches. There are many more.

How would you define the relation of the poem to the film and vice versa?

The question implies that there is a separation between the poem and the film. Some poetry films are created from the outset as a cohesive poetry film so in this way there is no separation. If the artwork did begin with a poem at the start of the creative process, or with a film, then there are various integration approaches. Duplicating the visual, verbal and aural content is a popular obvious interpretation; however, in my opinion, contrasting different elements is more powerful, playing with the presence (or absence of) words, images and sounds. The poetry film art form is a fertile and creative area to explore, and the project celebrates many different approaches, separating the senses and combining the senses.

And your personal practice as an artist?

My personal creative practice explores the creation, perception and experience of emotion and meaning. I have a four-week artist residency coming up in Iceland in January 2015, where I shall be developing new creative projects relating to science and art, inspired by volcanoes, boiling mud, and the Northern Lights. Arts Council England recently funded the cataloguing of the entire PoetryFilm Archive, which at present contains over 500 international artworks, and in March 2015 I shall be contributing a presentation about this archive to an AHRC-funded conference at Leeds University. In March I’m also travelling to CCCB Barcelona to deliver PoetryFilm programmes there.


Zata Kitowski is available to present curated programmes and talks about the PoetryFilm project and about the poetry film art form. If you are inspired to submit a piece of work to the project, or would like further information, please contact Zata at:

Further information about submissions can be found hereThe next event is PoetryFilm Solstice at the ICA in London on Sunday 21 December at 3pm: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH. Tickets cost between £7 and £11 and are available from the ICA website

Many thanks to Frances Spurrier at Write Out Loud. Friday 2 January 2015 (first posted 18th December 2014).


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