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Programme: PoetryFilm event about Identity at the Artworkers’ Guild in October 6, 2006

Below are details of the PoetryFilm event about Identity at the Artworkers’ Guild in Bloomsbury on October 6, 2006.

A rare experimental screening / performance:

4 artists explore Identity: Gad Hollander, Michael Horovitz, Mahmood Jamal, Malgorzata Kitowski

The event was part of National Poetry Week 2006.

The full programme description from the event is below.


Gad Hollander: Story of Lovers on a Train (PoetryFilm, 3m)

Train window. A series of inter-titles and cutaway shots combine to create the “story” of the title. A different set of inter-titles over the same sequence would produce a different story; conversely, the same inter-titles superimposed on another sequence of images would give us virtually the same “story” but in a different setting. The story is neither explicitly seen nor told but is a construct of our imagination that takes place off-camera and between the lines. What we see, hear and read is a collection of audio-visual elements rhythmically edited to suggest a plausible drama – a passion, a romance, a tragedy or even a farce.

Gad Hollander: reading from Walserian Waltzes (Avec Books, 2000)

Gad Hollander: Keleti Palyaudvar (PoetryFilm, 15m)

An accordionist busking, men playing chess, a peasant woman counting change, two women in a train compartment, two girls eating pizza, some people hurrying, and so on… The events are banal, the place ordinary, but the faces and gestures of the people passing through it suggest a multiplicity of simultaneous narratives. Whenever possible, the images are cut to the busker’s music, a repetitive medley of a handful of classic dance tunes. “At the time of shooting (2000), I was just looking and recording what I saw. Today (2006), I view these images of people increasingly as characters from an incomplete fiction.” – Gad Hollander.

“My writing aspires towards the inarticulateness of music and silent film; whereas my films strive to articulate my writing, often in the form of on-screen text or voice-over. Having said that, I don’t think I’m best placed to describe my own work. I don’t really know what I’m doing. I’m guided by my ear and my eye, and what I know about it comes after the fact, from the work itself. The exception to that rule is that I eschew any political overtness in my work.” – Gad Hollander.


Poetry Olympics torchbearer Michael Horovitz will perform excerpts from his new book and presented film footage. Michael Horovitz runs New Departures, “the most substantial avant-garde magazine in Great Britain” (TLS). It has been claimed that Horovitz’s selections and modes of presentation are “subversive”. He hopes that this charge is justified: “subversion usually means change“, he says, “and poetry should change people.”

Michael Horovitz: reading from A New Waste Land (New Departures 23-24) 

Michael Horovitz: William Blake Klezmatrix (PoetryFilm, 18m)

Featuring songs, verse and music by Shakespeare, Blake, Annie Whitehead, Pete Lemer, Michael Horovitz and their fellow jazz and blues troubadours.


Mahmood Jamal‘s work speaks of division and its consequences. Mahmood Jamal is a progressive political poet, filmmaker and translator. He writes in Urdu and English and performs both solo and with tabla accompaniment – most recently with young tabla maestro Talvin Singh. He has been published in a wide range of anthologies, had his work broadcast on radio and TV, and he has been translated into several languages including Turkish and Urdu.

Nostalgia (PoetryFilm examining identity, 2.5m)

The Stars (PoetryFilm, 2m)

Buddha’s Death (PoetryFilm, 2.5m)

Reading from Sugar-Coated Pill (Wordpower Books)


Malgorzata Kitowski: Cut-Up Experiment VIII (PoetryFilm, 8m)

Malgorzata Kitowski: reading of Nuggets, a sequence of poems


Followed by Questions and Discussion.

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