PoetryFilm Paradox at Hackney Picturehouse, Tuesday 22 December 2015, 7pm
Many congratulations to Susanne Wiegner for winning the CYCLOP International Video Poetry Competition 2015 with “The Light — The Shade”.
Director: Susanne Wiegner. Poet: Robert Lax. [07:07], Germany.
I very much enjoyed judging this competition. Congratulations to Susanne, and to all who entered.
The Groucho Club
Sunday 13 December 2015, 3pm and 6pm
[N.B. DATE CHANGE from Sunday 6 December]
films about love / armchair seating / a glass of wine
A curated selection of short film artworks exploring the theme of LOVE, chosen for their alignment with poetic structures and experiences, and with the visual, verbal and aural languages of poetry in various forms.
+ featuring live poetry readings by various poets from Eyewear
Publishing on the theme of love.
Part of BFI LOVE, in partnership with Plusnet, this programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London and proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network. bfi.org.uk/love
Tickets for the 3pm screening (includes armchair and a glass of wine)
Tickets for the 6pm screening (includes armchair and a glass of wine)
The bomb will explode in the bar at twenty past one.
Now it’s only sixteen minutes past.
Some will still have time to enter,
some to leave.
The terrorist’s already on the other side.
That distance protects him from all harm
and well it’s like the pictures:
A woman in a yellow jacket, she enters.
A man in dark glasses, he leaves.
Boys in jeans, they’re talking.
Sixteen minutes past and four seconds.
The smaller one he’s lucky, mounts his scooter,
but the taller chap he walks in.
Seventeen minutes and forty seconds.
A girl, she walks by, a green ribbon in her hair.
But that bus suddenly hides her.
Eighteen minutes past.
The girl’s disappeared.
Was she stupid enough to go in, or wasn’t she.
We shall see when they bring out the bodies.
Nineteen minutes past.
No one else appears to be going in.
On the other hand, a fat bald man leaves.
But seems to search his pockets and
at ten seconds to twenty past one
he returns to look for his wretched gloves.
It’s twenty past one.
Time, how it drags.
Surely, it’s now.
No, not quite.
The bomb, it explodes.
Taken from “Sounds Feelings Thoughts: Seventy Poems” by Wislawa Szymborska, trans. Adam Czermiawski
I have been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion at the CYCLOP Video Poetry Festival on 21 November 2015 in Kiev (Ukraine) about the past, present and future of poetry films. The panel will also include Thomas Zandegiacomo (Germany), Piotr Bosacki (Poland), Artur Punte (Latvia) and others. The full festival programme is below.
I was delighted to be on the International Jury for the CYCLOP Video Poetry Festival 2015. The shortlist of 10 films, decided by the jurors, is below. The festival will take place in Kiev (Ukraine) on 21-22 November 2015.
CYCLOP International Videopoetry Contest | Shortlist [40:11]
1. Svetlana Sobcenko «My Own Personal Mountain» [02:40], Ireland.
Director, poet: Svetlana Sobcenko.
2. Vera Schmidt / OSTPOL e.V. «Viva Violence» [03:05], Germany.
Director: Katharina Merten, Johanna Maxl. Poet: Johanna Maxl, Katharina Merten.
3. Bagadefente «Poem with Flying Termites & Cheesy Ending» [01:30], Brazil.
Director, poet: Bagadefente.
4. Marc Neys (aka Swoon) «If I kill Time I take» [03:52], Belgium.
Director: Swoon. Poet: Mark Insingel.
5. Tommy Becker «song for AWE & DREAD» [06:54], USA.
Director, poet: Tommy Becker.
6. C.O. Moed and Adrian Garcia Gomez «Fucking Him» [01:45], USA.
Director: C.O. Moed and Adrian Garcia Gomez. Poet: C.O. Moed.
7. Bruno Teixidor «Platillo Puro» [02:32], Spain.
Director: Bruno Teixidor. Poet: Tomás Segovia.
8. Susanne Wiegner «the light – the shade» [07:07], Germany.
Director: Susanne Wiegner. Poet: Robert Lax.
9. Celia Parra Díaz «WordmoviE» [02:46], Spain.
Director: DSK (Belén Montero & Juan Lesta). Poet: Celia Parra.
10. Dana Goldberg «NO SHADOW» [08:00], Israel.
Director: Dana Goldberg, Dr. Efrat Mishori. Poet: Dr. Efrat Mishori.
4 November 2015
A WORLDWIDE CALL BY GUSTAV METZGER FOR A DAY OF ACTION TO REMEMBER NATURE
THIS APPEAL IS FOR THE WIDEST POSSIBLE PARTICIPATION from the WORLD OF THE ARTS
THE AIM IS TO CREATE A MASS MOVEMENT ACROSS THE ARTS to ward off EXTINCTION
“The art, architecture and design world needs to take a stand against the ongoing erasure of species – even where there is little chance of ultimate success. It is our privilege and our duty to be at the forefront of the struggle. There is no choice but to follow the path of ethics into aesthetics. We live in societies suffocating in waste.” Gustav Metzger, 2015.
Our task is to remind people of the richness and complexity in nature; to protect nature as far as we can and by doing so art will enter new territories that are inherently creative, that are primarily for the good of the universe.
What we want to do – what is ahead for us is to bring together the world of the arts – to unite in having a day of art actions covering the entire country. We call those who engage in the arts to participate in a day of mass action, to create a collective artwork to Remember Nature.*
Here is my contribution to the Remember Nature project – a photograph of giant icicles I took in Iceland.
*Copy taken from the Remember Nature press release.