“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.
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*.
Below is a review of the Send & Receive: Poetry, Film & Technology in the 21st Century symposium written by Jay Bernard for the arts criticism journal, The Double Negative.
Film meets poetry meets technology: as FACT’s Type Motion exhibition draws to a close, Jack Roe assesses the changing perception of poetry in an ever increasing digital age…
I was delighted to be interviewed by Chased Magazine for an article celebrating the poetry film artform in the light of the forthcoming Zebra Festival in Berlin. The full article can be viewed here.
Zata Kitowski, a British artist and founder of PoetryFilm
1. How can poetry and film unite?
Both poetry and film either describe experiences, or are experiences in themselves, so in that sense they’re already united… there are poetic aspects to most films, and, equally, poetry uses techniques adapted from cinema such as jump-cut editing and montage, etc. The greatest potential in this context lies in using the Poetry Film concept as a point of focus for exploring and amplifying certain aspects.
2. Has poetry film become our last resort in an increasingly rational world?
A rational thought process is quite useful when crossing a road! It’s been argued that new languages emerge when there is some form of information overload, and poetry films offer opportunities for creating expressions, and communicating messages and meanings in new ways. We’re not yet in a position to assess whether poetry film is our “last” resort; we will be able to judge this at some point in the future, and maybe poetry film will be shown to have been the beginning of a movement.
3. How can poetry film be of value to us in our modern times?
Poetry films open up new ways of engagement, new audiences, and new means of self-expression, and provide rich potential for exploring the creation and perception of emotion and meaning. This in turn enables us to connect with and communicate with people in hopefully innovative ways.
4. Is love still possible in the EU?
Yes, of course.