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PoetryFilm Equinox at The Groucho Club (documentation)

Below is documentation from the PoetryFilm Equinox event at The Groucho Club on Sunday 4 October 2015, featuring colourful sofa-armchairs.

Many thanks to BBC Radio 3 for covering the event.

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PoetryFilm Equinox at The Groucho Club, Sunday 4 October 2015


A screening of short poetry films curated by British artist Zata Banks.

To mark the autumn equinox, Zata Banks will introduce a curated 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.

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PoetryFilm Equinox, The Groucho Club, Sunday 4 October 2015

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PoetryFilm Equinox

The Groucho Club

Sunday 4 October, 3pm and 6pm

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Audience comments about the PoetryFilm Equinox event on 26 September 2014










Photos from PoetryFilm Equinox (September 2014)

photo 1Above: guest Dominic Stinton, Sign Language Interpreter Rebecca, Filmmaker Louise Stern, and guest.

IMG_2621Above: Filmmaker Joseph Giffard Tutt and guest. Click below for more photographs.

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Menu Screen for PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation

The event took place on 26 September 2014.

PoetryFilm Equinox menu screen

Programme: PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation, September 2014

Below are full programme details for PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation which took place in September 2014.

There was a live BSL interpreter at this event.

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One week to go until PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation – Friday 26 September

PoetryFilm Equinox: VENUE CHANGE

Due to high demand for tickets, PoetryFilm Equinox will now take place at Framestore (19-23 Wells Street), not at the BFI Screening Room. Framestore is equidistant between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube stations.

BFI Screening Room 


19-23 Wells Street


PoetryFilm Equinox: more tickets will be released soon

Please sign up to the Waiting List on Eventbrite as more tickets will be released soon.

PoetryFilm Equinox: SOLD OUT

PoetryFilm Equinox on Friday 26 September has *sold out*.

There is a waiting list so please register your interest on Eventbrite in case tickets become available. Many thanks.

PoetryFilm Equinox: limited places available

There has been exceptional interest in the forthcoming PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation event on Friday 26 September and there is now a very limited number of remaining places available.

If you are interested in attending this free event, please reserve your place on Eventbrite.


PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation. Friday 26 September at 7pm. Free event.

PoetryFilm Equinox: Translation, Transcreation, Punctuation

FRAMESTORE, 19-23 Wells Street

Friday 26 September 2014, 7pm

FREE EVENT (please reserve a free place by clicking this link)

A special PoetryFilm event celebrating the Autumn Equinox with a programme of short films and poems exploring the themes of Translation, Transcreation and Punctuation.

The screening will take place between 7pm and 8pm. This will be followed by a drinks reception in the bar.


PoetryFilm Equinox, September 2014

The next event will be PoetryFilm Equinox in September 2014 in London.

Submissions are welcome and further details will follow soon.

Programme: PoetryFilm Equinox (Autumn 2013)

Below are the details of the films and performances from PoetryFilm Equinox (Autumn 2013) which took place at The ICA Cinema, London, on 21 September 2013.

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PoetryFilm Equinox at the ICA, September 22, 2013

PoetryFilm Equinox at the ICA

A special PoetryFilm event celebrating the Autumn Equinox with a bespoke programme of experimental short films exploring Circles, Cycles, Sequences, Planets and Patterns.

This event was “twinned” with the PoetryFilm Equinox event at the Charlotte Street Hotel in March 2013 which marked the Spring Equinox.

BBC Radio 3 interviews Zata about PoetryFilm

Many thanks to BBC Radio 3 for coming to PoetryFilm Equinox at The Groucho Club, and for interviewing me about the PoetryFilm project.


PoetryFilm: Future Events in 2015

August 2015
  • PoetryFilm Parallax event at The ICA Cinema (London), 16 August, 4pm.

October 2015

  • PoetryFilm Equinox event at The Groucho Club Cinema, Sunday 4 October 2015 (London, UK)
  • I have been invited to present a PoetryFilm lecture-demonstration at Millfield School, Science Lecture Theatre, 8 October 2015 (Somerset, UK)
  • PoetryFilm programme at the O Bheal Cork Film Festival, 9-11 October 2015 (Cork, Ireland)
  • PoetryFilm programme at the Rabbit Heart Festival, 11 October 2015 (Massachusetts, USA)

November 2015

  • PoetryFilm event as part of the BFI LOVE Blockbuster season (London, UK)
  • I have been invited to judge the CYCLOP International Videopoetry Festival (KIev, Ukraine)

December 2015

  • PoetryFilm presentation at the Scottish Poetry Library + Zata Banks in conversation, 3 December 2015 (Scotland, UK)

PoetryFilm Archive: Érik Bullot (interview article)

Faux Amis by Érik Bullot was shown at PoetryFilm Equinox in September 2014. Another of his films, Tongue Twisters, is also in the PoetryFilm Archive. Below is an insightful interview with Érik Bullot* about language, sound and cinema.

In your artistic research, language and voice seem to be central themes. When and how did this interest start?

I have been always interested by the issue of language, especially the topic of imaginary languages. As you know, the medium of film was originally imagined as an universal language or esperanto. It was a political dream. When I began making films, I made many silent films with the purpose to get a visual language. During my first film made in video, I was very struck by the relationships between video and writing. I think there is a continuity between these different mediums. Video is a kind of writing machine. I made a first film, Speaking in Tongues (2005), based on imaginary languages. It was the first step of a series of films about translation, misunderstandings and puns: Tongue Twisters (2011), about tongue twisters, shot in Berkeley; Faux amis(2012), a film about false friends between French and English, shot in Buffalo; Geographical Fugue (2013), based on a musical piece by Ernst Toch; The Alphabet Revolution (2014), a documentary about the change of alphabet in Turkey. There are always many languages in my film. I like to use linguistic elements as plastic material likely to be deformed, transformed, translated. My dream is making slapstick films with language.

You mainly work with visual media, such as video, photographs, texts and performances. What are your artistic references for what regards sound?

I am interested by artists which work is located between visual and sound fields. I was very impressed for example by the blind avantgarde film made by the German artist and filmmaker Walther Ruttmann, Weekend: a black screen with just a sound piece on the soundtrack. I like very much the works of Cage (Roaratorio) and Kagel (his film Ludwig van) and the experimental filmmakers who work on multilingualism as Peter Rose, Werner Nekes or Michael Snow. I have also a strong interest for the linguistic dimension of slapstick tradition, especially the films of Marx Brothers where you can see a ventriloguist situation between the three brothers.

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PoetryFilm is listed in the British Council Film Festivals Directory

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PoetryFilm News: August 2014

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  • Keynote speech at The House of Lords, 22 June 2016 (UK)
  • Lecture at Bath Spa University at the Seeing Sound symposium, April 2016 (UK)
  • Two lectures about the poetry film artform for The University of Lincoln, BA Graphic Design, 2 February 2016
  • Lecture at Millfield School, National Poetry Day, 8 October 2015 (Somerset, UK)
  • Paper entitled The PoetryFilm Archive 2002-2015, at the AHRC-funded Pararchive conference at The University of Leeds, 27-28 March 2015 (Leeds, UK)
  • Literary Salon about Poetry and Film at Warwick University, January 2014 (Warwick, UK)
  • Creative Salon at the Royal College of Art, together with Peter Blegvad, MA Visual Communication, March 2013 (London, UK)
  • Lecture about Poetry and Film at London Met University, MA Creative Writing, November 2012 (London, UK)
  • Lecture about Branding and Visual Identity, HULT International Business School, MBA, March 2012 (London, UK)
  • Lecture about Poetry and Film at London Met University, MA Creative Writing, November 2010 (London, UK)
  • Presentation about Poetry and Film at the NFTS (National Film and Television School) for the MA Filmmaking course, April 2008 (Beaconsfield, UK
  • Perspectives
    • MA Creative Writing
    • MA Poetry
    • MA Filmmaking
    • MA Visual Communication
    • BA Graphic Design
    • Sixth Form: English & Media Studies
    • Sixth Form: Art & Design



  • In conversation at The Scottish Poetry Library, together with filmmaker Roxana Vilk, 3 December 2015 (Scotland, UK)
  • Roundtable panel discussion entitled “Poetry Films: Who? What? Why? How?” at the CYCLOP International Videopoetry Festival 2015 (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Keynote presentation, naming of the event, and curation of the symposium showreel at the Send and Receive: Poetry, Film and Technology in the 21st Century symposium at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), February 2015 (Liverpool, UK)
  • PoetryFilm at Tate BritainBehind The Scenes, curation of a poetry film programme + leading a panel discussion, November 2008 (London, UK)



  • UK launch and release of DAATA Editions Season Two film artworks commissioned by DAATA Editions and curated by Zata Banks, February 2017.
  • PoetryFilm screening, CSW Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun, February 2017 (Poland)
  • Live Morsing performance, The Physarum Experiments, Studio Ex Purgamento, 15 January 2017 (UK)
  • 3 May: lecture at Millfield School (UK)
  • 25 June: judged Millfield School poem film creative work
  • 10-12 July: co-curated a film programme for the MIX Conference, Bath Spa University, on the theme of Revolutions, Regenerations, Reflections
  • December: judged the Carbon Culture Review poetry film contest 2017



  • PoetryFilm Workshop at TOGETHER! Disability Film Festival, 9-10 Dec 2016 (UK)
  • Launch of Nous Sommes Paris anthology, published by Eyewear Books, marking the Paris attacks, November 2016
  • ZEBRA Festival, October 2016 (Munster, Germany)
  • Launch of Maintenant 10(0) anthology, published by Three Rooms Press, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of DADA, September 2016 (UK)
  • Judged the Carbon Culture Review poetry film competition, July 2016 (USA)
  • Evaluated poetry films made by students at Millfield School, 28 June 2016 (UK)
  • Presentation at The House of Lords, 22 June 2016 (UK)
  • PoetryFilm at Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh, 4 June 2016 (Scotland)
  • PoetryFilm at Backup FestivalWeimar, Germany, 18-22 May 2016 (Germany)
  • Screening at Sinestesia Festival, Barcelona, 5 May 2016 (Spain)
  • Collaboration with The University of Lincoln on a Poetry + Film creative module for the BA Graphic Design course: two lectures and evaluation of the final student work, January – March 2016 (UK)
  • Lecture at Millfield School about the poetry film artform, 28 April 2016 (UK)
  • A paper, The PoetryFilm Archive: Sounds of Poetry & Poetry of Sounds at the Seeing Sound conference, Bath Spa University, 9-10 April 2016 (UK)
  • Screenings of Full Stop and PoetryFilm Blackboard at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and at Femmes Video Art Festival at The Situation Room, 6-30 April 2016 (USA)
  • 3-month artist-researcher residency at Rannsóknasetri Háskóla Íslands (University Research Centre) in Skagastrond, North-East Iceland, Jan-April 2016
  • Co-judged the Bokeh Yeah poem film competition at HOME, Manchester, 29 March 2016 (UK)
  • PoetryFilm Parallax: NES Skagastrond, 17 March 2016 (Iceland)
  • Spring Psychoanalytic Poetry Festivalscreening of 4 artworks from The PoetryFilm Archive + psychoanalytic discussion at The Freud Museum, London, 12 March
  • Full Stop (ZB) selected for inclusion in Art Beyond Sight, a sensory based exhibition exploring visual perception, 17 March – 1 May 2016 (Altringham, UK)
  • Screening of PoetryFilm Paradox at Mengi, Thursday 10 March 2016 (Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • PoetryFilm supports International Women’s Day, 8 March 2016
  • PoetryFilm supports World Book Day, 3 March 2016
  • Anosmia published in Visual Verse, March 2016
  • Screening of Full Stop (ZB) at Opið Hús, 25 February 2016 (Skagastrond, Iceland)
  • PoetryFilm Paradox: NES, 21 February 2016 (Skagastrond, Iceland)
  • Screening of Full Stop (ZB) at Stanford Code Poetry 2.0, 16 February 2016 (Stanford, USA)
  • Screening of Palindrome (ZB) at Opið Hús, 30 January 2016 (Skagastrond, Iceland)
  • Screening of Cut-Up Experiment VIII (ZB) at Cinepoema, Rio de Janeiro, 23 January 2016 (Brazil)
  • Commissioned essay PoetryFilm: Semiotics and Multimodality published in poetryfilmkanal magazine, 15 January 2016 (Weimar, Germany)



  • PoetryFilm programme at Art Language Location Festival, 17 October 2015 (Cambridge, UK)
  • PoetryFilm Parallax programme at the O Bheal Cork Film Festival, 9-11 October 2015 (Cork, Ireland)
  • PoetryFilm lecture at Millfield School, National Poetry Day, 8 October 2015 (Somerset, UK)
  • PoetryFilm Equinox event at The Groucho Club, Sunday 4 October 2015 (London, UK)
  • Palindrome (ZB) screened in Rio de Janiero, 20 Sept 2015 (Brazil)
  • PoetryFilm Parallax at The ICA Cinema, 16 August 2015 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm event at Mengi (Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • PoetryFilm event at the Penzance Literary Festival, (Cornwall, UK)
  • Full Stop (ZB) selected for the Cannes Film Festival 2015, 13-24 May (Cannes, France)
  • Transmutations poetry film programme co-curated by PoetryFilm and Alchemy, at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, 16-19 April 2015 (Hawick, Scotland)
  • PoetryFilm programme at the Sound Acts festival, 24-26 April 2015 (Athens, Greece)
  • PoetryFilm programme at the Wenlock Poetry Festival, UK, 24-26 April 2015 (Wenlock, UK)
  • Two PoetryFilm presentations at CCCB Barcelona, 18-19 March 2015 (Barcelona, Spain)
  • I presented a talk, The PoetryFilm Archive 2002-2015, at the AHRC-funded Pararchive conference at Leeds University, 27-28 March 2015 (Leeds, UK)
  • I judged the Read Our Lips poetry film competition organised by Apples and Snakes, 28 March 2015 (UK)
  • Exhibition of artworks by Zata Banks at Fjuk Art Centre in Husavik, Iceland, 12 February 2015
  • PoetryFilm event featuring selected film artworks from The PoetryFilm Archive at Fjuk Art Centre in Husavik, Iceland, 13 February 2014
  • I gave a presentation at the Send and Receive: Poetry, Film and Technology in the 21st Century symposium at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), 5 February 2015 (Liverpool, UK)
  • I was awarded an Artist Residency in Iceland, January – February 2015
  • My concrete poem Full Stop and the accompanying Morse Code sound transmission artwork were selected for inclusion in Tate Britain’s RadioCity exhibition, a special season of radio, sound art, performance and broadcast, 24-25 January 2015 (London, UK)



  • The poem Full Stop [in the form of Morse Code audio with headphones, and a framed A1 print] by Zata Banks was exhibited at the Regulate art exhibition in Sheffield, 7 November – 5 December 2014 (Sheffield, UK)
  • Judge for the Radioeins Prize at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, 16-19 October 2014 (Berlin, Germany)
  • Judge for the Southbank Centre’s Shot Through the Heart poetry film competition, July 2014 (UK)
  • Presented a Literary Salon about Poetry and Film at Warwick University, 9 January 2014 (Warwick, UK)



  • PoetryFilm Equinox at The ICA Cinema, Sunday 22 September 2014 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm programme at Preston Festival, Saturday 28 September 2013 (Preston, UK)
  • PoetryFilm programme at Penzance Festival, Saturday 20 July 2013 (Cornwall, UK)
  • PoetryFilm Equinox, Charlotte Street Hotel Cinema, 20 March 2013 (London, UK)
  • Presented a PoetryFilm Salon at the Royal College of Art, March 2013 (London, UK)



  • PoetryFilm event at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 13 October 2010 (Liverpool, UK)
  • Lecture about Poetry and Film at London Met University, November 2012 (London, UK)
  • Lecture about Poetry and Film at London Met University, November 2010 (London, UK)



  • PoetryFilm: Mythology and Dream, Curzon Renoir Cinema, December 2009 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm: Heroes & Heroines, Curzon Renoir Cinema, 6 October 2009 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm: Strangers & Strangeness, Curzon Renoir Cinema, 14 July 2009 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm Party, Curzon Soho, April 2009 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm at London Film Museum, featuring live painting, May 2009 (London, UK)
  • Cut-Up Experiment VIII screened at Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Cannes, France)
  • PoetryFilm Party, Curzon Soho, February 2009 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm at Stanza Festival, Scotland, February 2009 (Scotland, UK)
  • PoetryFilm at London Literature Lounge, 25 January 2009 (London, UK)



  • PoetryFilm: Behind The Scenes, Tate Britain, November 2008 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm: Shock of the New, Cardiff Academi, October 2008 (Wales, UK)
  • PoetryFilm as part of YCN LIVE! September 2008 (London, UK)
  • PoetryFilm at Southbank Centre, Poetry International, August 2008 (London, UK)
  • I presented a lecture about Poetry and Film at the NFTS (National Film and Television School), April 2008 (Beaconsfield, UK)





  • PoetryFilm at Chichester, Chichester Cinema, October 2005
  • PoetryFilm at Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre, September 2005
  • London PoetryFilm Night III, Genesis Cinema, London, July 2005
  • Oxford PoetryFilm Night, Magdalen College, May 2005
  • Poets On Film, Battersea Arts Centre, May 2005
  • World Book Day PoetryFilm (children’a session), Idea Store Bow, London, March 2005
  • London PoetryFilm Night II, Genesis Cinema, London, February 2005