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

PoetryFilm is the research art project founded by Zata Banks in 2002 to celebrate experimental text/image/sound artworks, and to explore semiotics and meaning-making. Since 2002, PoetryFilm has presented 100 events at cinemas, galleries, literary festivals and academic institutions including Tate Britain, The ICA, Southbank Centre, Cannes Film Festival, CCCB Barcelona, O Miami, Freud Museum London, and Curzon Cinemas. Presentations include talks for MA Creative Writing (Warwick University), MA Filmmaking (National Film & Television School), MA Visual Communication (Royal College of Art), BA Graphic Design (University of Lincoln), and a keynote talk at The House of Lords on the topic of creativity. Zata has judged poetry film prizes for the Southbank Centre (London), Zebra Festival (Berlin), CYCLOP Video Poetry Festival (Kiev, Ukraine), Apples & Snakes poetry organisation (UK) and Carbon Culture Review art+literature+technology journal (USA).

In 2014, Arts Council England funded the cataloguing of the entire PoetryFilm Archive containing over 1,000 artworks. In 2015, The British Film Institute awarded funding to curate and produce three PoetryFilm Paradox events for the BFI LOVE season.

PoetryFilm is one of the British Council’s listed Experimental Film organisations, is an accredited member of Film Hub London, part of the BFI Audience Network, and holds a trademark awarded by the Intellectual Property Office.

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Poetry Film programme at MIX Conference 2017, Bath Spa University

I have co-curated a Poetry Film programme exploring the concepts of Revolution, Regeneration, and Reflection for the Mix Conference at Bath Spa University.

MIX Conference is organised by the Bath Spa University School of Humanities and Creative Industries. The conference will look at where creative writing, storytelling, and media creation intersect with and/or are dependent upon technology. The programme features a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations, seminars, keynotes, film screenings, discussions, and workshops.

The Poetry Film programme will be screened on 10-12 July 2017, running continuously in the Viewing Theatre.

To celebrate the human capacity for renewal and experimentation, combined with deep thought, the themes for MIX 2017 are Revolution, Regeneration, and Reflection. Twenty films have been selected from the international submissions received. The programme has been curated by Lucy English (Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, co- founder of Liberated Words) and  Zata Banks FRSA, founder of PoetryFilm, the influential research art project and film screening series.


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Daata at the Venice Biennale 2017

Daata Editions will be at the Venice Biennale in collaboration with Zuecca Projects, May – August 2017.

The Daata Editions Mixtape for the Venice Biennale 2017 includes two artists (Susanne Weigner and C.O. Moed.) who were chosen by me and commissioned by Daata as part of the Daata Season Two commission series on the theme of “Poetry”.

If you are attending the Venice Biennale, please do come and view the Daata Editions Mixtape.

Featuring artists: David Blandy, Jacky Connolly, Jeremy Couillard, Casey Jane Ellison, Yung Jake, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, Sara Ludy, Rachel Maclean, C.O. Moed, Scott Reeder, Charles Richardson, Artie Vierkant, Susanne Wiegner, Saya Woolfalk, Zadie Xa.


PoetryFilm at Millfield

It was a pleasure to return to Millfield School on Wednesday 3 May 2017 to present a talk and short screening programme.


PoetryFilm at CSW Torun (documentation)

Documentation of the PoetryFilm screening and talk at CSW Torun in February 2017 is below. The event took place in the “RGB Cinema”.



Malina Barcikowska, Zata Banks


Radosław OsińskiZata BanksTomasz DalasińskiMalina Barcikowska and Michał Pranke at Kino Centrum



Daata Editions launch at Soho Hotel (documentation)

Documentation of the Daata Editions Season Two launch at the Soho Hotel Cinema, London, in February 2017, is below.



Zenopress: Zeno’s paradoxes

I am delighted to have been commissioned by Zeno Press to contribute to a forthcoming anthology exploring the themes of Zeno’s paradoxes. The book will feature works by artists and writers who have been asked to respond to nine of the most known paradoxes.

  • The Paradoxes of Plurality:
    • The Argument from Denseness
    • The Argument from Finite Size
    • The Argument from Complete Divisibility
  • The Paradoxes of Motion:
    • The Dichotomy
    • Achilles and the Tortoise
    • The Arrow
    • The Stadium
  • Two More Paradoxes:
    • The Paradox of Place
    • The Grain of Millet

The book will feature Richard SkinnerMaria FuscoSteven J FowlerJohn BoursnellMartin Glazer Serup, Liz ZuminZata BanksAnnabel BanksRachel StirlingPaolo InverniJeremy EvansNicola WoodhamRobin BaleRichard WebbClaudia KappenbergGiovanna Coppola, Clover Peake, Tasha Haines, Christian Patracchini.



Invitation: Zata Banks FRSA selects new poetry artworks for Daata Editions – The Soho Hotel Screening Room 21 Feb 2017


Daata Editions presents:

Laura Focarazzo, Kate Jessop, C.O. Moed, Julian Scordato, Susanne Wiegner, Antoinette Zwirchmayr.

Selected by Zata Banks FRSA

A short screening and a Q&A with Kate Jessop and Zata Banks, introduced by David Gryn.

The Soho Hotel Screening Room, 4 Richmond Mews, London W1D 3DH

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 6.30pm-8pm

Tickets are FREE

Please RSVP by Wed 15 Feb to (as numbers are limited)

Contact: David on +447711127848


Zata Banks FRSA selects new poetry artworks for Daata Editions with a special launch viewing at The Soho Hotel Screening Room, London. Tues 21 Feb at 6.30pm

This event has been organised to announce the release of these new artworks on Daata Editions selected by Zata Banks. Artists include: Laura Focarazzo, Kate Jessop, C.O. Moed, Julian Scordato, Susanne Wiegner, Antoinette Zwirchmayr. This will be a short screening along with a Q&A between artist Kate Jessop and curator Zata Banks, introduced by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions.

Zata Banks, renowned for her work with PoetryFilm, which she founded in 2002, has curated a selection of artists to make artworks for Daata Editions and its artists’ poetry section.

“Poetry is plural. These six new film artworks interrogate the language of poetry films, exploring the potential for expressing richer meanings through new interpretations of text, sound and image combinations.”

Kate Jessop is an award winning animation filmmaker whose work spans across animated shorts and artist’s film and video. She has exhibited extensively internationally, undertaking artist residencies in Berlin, Istanbul, Reykjavik and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Daata Editions commissions artist video, sound, poetry and web. This new, logical and innovative way to collect art is designed as a native platform to a new generation of artists who work with moving image and sound. Limited edition artworks can be viewed and acquired as digital downloads.

Image still: Kate Jessop, Spinster, 2016