I’m delighted to be presenting a paper at the Seeing Sound symposium at Bath Spa University on 9-10 April 2016, featuring sound-informed artworks from the PoetryFilm Archive.
Seeing Sound is an informal practice-led symposium exploring multimedia work which foregrounds the relationship between sound and image. It explores areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation practice through paper sessions, screenings, performances and installations.
Delighted to hear that Cut-Up Experiment VIII: Timers Run On (Zata Banks, 2006) was selected for inclusion in the Rébus / Cinepoema screening at Feiro Fio Dental / Capacete in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on 23 January 2016. The screening was inspired by the idea that language is a virus.
Film still from “Cut-Up Experiment VIII: Timers Run On”
PoetryFilm is the influential research art project and screening series founded by Zata Banks FRSA in 2002 to celebrate experimental text/image/sound screening and performance artworks, and to explore semiotics and meaning-making. Since 2002, PoetryFilm has produced over 90 events at cinemas, galleries, literary festivals and academic institutions – including Tate Britain, The ICA, Southbank Centre, Cannes Film Festival, CCCB Barcelona, O Miami, Freud Museum London, and Curzon Cinemas. Lectures include sessions for MA Creative Writing (Warwick University), MA Filmmaking (National Film & Television School), MA Visual Communication (Royal College of Art), and BA Graphic Design (University of Lincoln). Zata Banks has judged poetry film prizes for the Southbank Centre (London), Zebra Festival (Berlin), CYCLOP Video Poetry Festival (Kiev, Ukraine), Apples & Snakes poetry organisation (UK) and Carbon Culture Review art+literature+technology journal (USA).
In 2014, Arts Council England funded the cataloguing of the entire PoetryFilm Archive, which at present contains over 1,000 artworks. In 2015, The British Film Institute awarded funding to curate and produce three PoetryFilm Paradox events for the BFI LOVE season.
PoetryFilm is one of the British Council’s listed Experimental Film organisations, is an accredited member of Film Hub London, part of the BFI Audience Network, and holds a trademark awarded by the Intellectual Property Office.
“A great event – one of the most interesting and invigorating I have been to this year!” – Arts Council England.
I was recently invited to contribute an essay about poetry films to a new magazine. The first issue of Poetryfilmkanal magazine, published in Weimar, Germany, is available as a printed edition and also in a digital version. Out now.
I am delighted to announce that I have accepted a 3-month residency in Skagastrond (North-East Iceland) in collaboration with The University of Iceland.
Documentation from the Poetry + Film event at The Scottish Poetry Library on 3 December 2015 is below. Thanks to Jennifer Williams at SPL, to Roxana Vilk, and to the wonderful audience for the great comments!
“Really exciting and inspiring evening last night, thought provoking work….”
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.