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PoetryFilm / Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, 16-19 April 2015

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I am delighted to announce that the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival has partnered with PoetryFilm to co-curate a special screening event as part of the 2015 Festival, featuring a diverse selection of film artworks, chosen for their alignment with poetry, with poetic structures, with poetic experiences, and with the visual, verbal and aural languages of poetry in various forms. The 45 minute screening will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A with some of the filmmakers, chaired by Zata Kitowski.

The Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival will take place 16-19 April 2015 in Hawick, Scotland, UK.

Full programme details will be released shortly.

PoetryFilm in Athens, 24-26 April 2015

I am delighted to announce that PoetryFilm will be contributing a special programme of poetry films focusing on the body and gender/identity to the sound acts event in Athens in April 2015.

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A gathering, festival and symposium of sound artists and academics that work around notions of performance and identity is happening in Athens on the 24, 25, 26 of April. The event will host a wide series of performances, lectures and workshops from practitioners working in Greece, Europe and America, in most cases presenting new work.

The central body of the event revolves around FYTINI, Greece’s first queer music label, which emerged out of a series of happenings organised by conceptual art duo FYTA at the Athens Biennale 2013. Since its creation, the label has developed relationships and presented work in Europe, with most important point of reference LCC’s sound:gen- der:feminism:activism conference, the biggest international event of this kind.

sound acts will be the first such event in Greece, introducing the athenian audience to work not frequently seen and hopefully opening a dialogue about gender and identity politics within sound production.

With: Alex C (GR), Andriana Minou presents ‘Epicycle’ by Jani Christou (UK/GR), Caoimhe Mader McGuinness (UK/FR), DoDo (DE/GR), Erica Scourti (UK/GR), Frantic Aerostat (GR), FYΤA (GR), Holly Ingleton (UK), Les Trucs (DE/FR), Georges Jacotey (GR), INVASORIX (MX), Kostis Stafylakis (GR), Maria Dolores & Hundin Atxe (ES), Nanah Palm (UK/GR), Peter Cant (UK), Alexandros Drosos & Ioanna Forti (GR), Procne & Philomela (GR), Sex Workers Opera (UK/FR), Tante & Tante (UK/DE), Tara Rodgers (US), Zata Kitowski (UK)

All events will be free for the audience, adhering to the label’s DIY ethos and politics of inclusion. sound acts is also free of sponsoring, being funded solely by the label and artists themselves, with the help of crowd–funding.

The ultimate aim is the creation of a creative community, as well as a new counter-audience.

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BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now, Francisco Lopez, live from Cafe Oto, 14 March 2015

I am delighted to be part of the invited audience for this forthcoming BBC Radio 3 live broadcast.

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Robert Worby presents a live broadcast of a performance by the Spanish electronic composer and sound artist Francisco Lopez. Appearing at London’s Café Oto for the first time, Lopez will perform two forty-minute pieces, specially created for Hear and Now, mixed and diffused in quadraphonic sound through speakers placed in the four corners of the room. Lopez is recognized as one of the foremost artists working with sound today, and has developed a highly original and uncompromising sonic language that utilizes his own recordings made in some of the harshest natural and industrial environments around the world. This broadcast will be made available as 4.0 surround sound, both live and for 30 days after transmission.

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Eye-Tracking: “Drawing With My Eyes” exhibition by Graham Fink at Riflemaker Gallery

Visitors will experience for the first time the creation of images using ‘Eye-Tracking’. The artist Graham Fink will be ‘drawing’ live, using neither hand nor any instrument, other than his eyes. As he directs his own eye movement, lines appear on the page. He will achieve this with the help of software he developed in conjunction with Tobii Technology in China – specifically a Tobii ‘eye-tracker’. The technology works by shining infra-red light directly into the eyes. The reflections are recorded by a camera through multi-algorithms and filters which allow eye movement to immediately be translated to a screen.

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Graham Fink writes:
I have been preoccupied with faces since childhood. I see them in rocks, clouds, cracks in walls – images I see in my mind’s eye. These ongoing ‘eye drawings’ can now be brought to life without art materials, paint, pencil or brushes. What I see I can draw directly onto a blank background, in this case a computer screen, using only my eyes. 

I draw the lines in my mind’s eye and that is what develops. Sooner or later a face appears. 
I work with this trusting my unconscious. The lines appear like digital markings. 

About Tobii
Tobii is the world leader in eye-tracking, where all technology works in harmony with natural human behaviour. Tobii has transformed research in many fields and enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs.
www.tobii.com *

*Copy taken from the publicity material on the Riflemaker website.

PoetryFilm is featured in the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

“Recent signs of poetic cine-literacy include Zata Kitowski’s PoetryFilm nights”

My PoetryFilm work is mentioned in the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (ed. Peter Robinson). Thanks to Sophie Mayer.

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Event Report, University of Liverpool (review of the Send & Receive symposium)

Below is a review of the Send & Receive: Poetry, Film & Technology in the 21st Century symposium, written by PhD student Ashwaq Basnawifor for The University of Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing website*.

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