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Regulate Launch

Some photographs from the Regulate launch at the Montgomery in Sheffield on Friday 7 November. Many thanks to Dora and the Regulate Team.

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The Poetry Challenge Recitational Fundraiser

Zata Kitowski performing at the Poetry Challenge recitational fundraiser at the October Gallery in October 2014. Zata recited her poem Ampersand. Many thanks to Josefine Speyer for the invitation and photograph. My nominated charity was the British Heart Foundation.

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Regulate Exhibition: 7 November – 5 December

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A Month of Film Festivals

It has been a busy month of film festivals and I enjoyed both the BFI Film Festival (in London) and the Zebra Poetry Film (in Berlin).

Festivals

Regulate Exhibition: Preview, Friday 7 November 2014

Regulate is an exhibition showcasing recent works by 12 artists who responded to the theme of routine and repetition in contemporary art:

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Thomas Bridle, Gemma Cossey, Steve Evans, Michelle Fava, Vanessa Lewis Jones, Jiwon Kim, Zata Kitowski, Roisin Mcgowan-Green, Hannah Meadwell, Audrey Salmon, Rachel Smith, Deborah Westmancoat, Gemma Cossey

Throughout the evening, artist Rachel Smith will produce durational drawings, creatively documenting the event. Overheard conversations from the evening with be used to create drawings – the words will visually merge to document overlapping and truncated narratives from the noise and dialogue around the exhibition.

Friday 7 November, 6-9pm.
Free entry.

Zata Kitowski’s “Full Stop” selected for Regulate art exhibition

I am delighted to hear that Full Stop has been selected for the forthcoming Regulate art exhibition. In this manifestation, the work will be experienced as a Morse Code audio recording (via headphones) and as a framed A1 hanging print at the gallery.

The Regulate exhibition is on the theme of routine. The exhibition will explore behavioural, visual and customary elements and present two dimensional works discussing a broad range of artistic interpretations of the habitual and optical pattern.

Key words: reflex, behaviour, form, structure, repetition, automatism, (un)conscious acts.

Regulate will be held from 7 November-5 December 2014 at The Montgomery, a multi-purpose space based in the heart of Sheffield City Centre. Various creative events and workshops will be held in the space during the exhibition.

Zata Kitowski interviewed for Chased Magazine about the poetry film artform

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.

Zata Kitowski’s Cut-Up Experiment VIII poem and poetryfilm used for a Poetry School course

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I am delighted that my triptych cut-up poem Cut-Up Experiment VIII: Timers Run On and the associated poetryfilm of the same title will be used for a creative writing course run by The Poetry School. The course is called Fragments: From the Thought to the Page and it is run by Kathryn Maris.

“In this genre-bending course, you will look at poets, fiction writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts who think and write in fragments, use modes of interruption or whose work simply survives in fragment form. Fortnightly reading and writing assignments will aim to broaden your ideas of what is and isn’t a poem, demonstrate the value of omission and the unstated, and suggest new ways of observing yourself and the world, and of communicating those observations. The course will include texts by Sappho, Lydia Davis, Kimiko Hahn, Simone Weil, Adam Phillips, Wallace Stevens, Theodor Adorno, Gertrude Stein, Sam Riviere, Nuar Alsadir, Simon Smith, Anne Carson and others.”

PoetryFilm Archive: “Full Stop” by Zata Banks

Click to watch Full Stop. The poem (from a sequence of “punctuation poems” published in Doppelgängers in 2005) is transcreated and presented aurally as Morse Code and visually as a moving telegram. (4 minutes, sound).

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PoetryFilm at the Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Festival in Cork, Ireland, 21-22 November 2014

Winter Warmer 2014

PoetryFilm has partnered with the Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Festival in Cork which will take place on 21-22 November in Ireland at the Sample Studios Amphitheatre. Copy from the festival website is pasted below.

“We’re pleased to announce Ó Bhéal’s second Winter Warmer festival weekend. Over twenty excellent poets will read and perform in the amphitheatre at Sample Studios, some of whom will be accompanied by musicians. Snatch Comedy Improv will be performing a set of poetry-focussed comedy games, Sawa-Le will be performing poetry-theatre, a selection of poetry-films from around the world will be presented by Malgorzata Kitowski (from PoetryFilm), and these will be followed with a judges selection from the 2014 Ó Bhéal poetry-film competition. There will also be a closed-mic for ten local poets.”

Free Admission to all events.

The full festival programme is below.

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Zata Kitowski awarded an Artist Residency in Iceland in 2015

I am delighted to have been awarded an Artist Residency in Iceland in 2015. I am looking forward to spending 5 weeks in Iceland producing new creative work in January and February 2015. My work will explore art, science and nature within the context of the Northern Lights, sulphuric volcanoes, boiling mud, and Europe’s most powerful waterfall.

Ongoing documentation of my residency is available to view under the “Iceland” tab (found on the bar along the top of this website, on the top right).

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The Poetry Challenge recitational fundraiser, 5 October 2014

Come and enjoy poetry, tea and cake on Sunday 5 October between 2pm-5pm at the October Gallery in Bloomsbury. I will be reciting a poem alongside Aidan Andrew Dun and other poets at this annual fundraising event set up by Nicholas Albery (editor of the Poem for the Day anthology). The event is all about learning a poem by heart and reciting it (not merely reading it out).

Many thanks to Josefine Speyer for inviting me to recite a poem.

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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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Brochure from the StAnza Festival, March 2007

Detail from the StAnza programme in March 2007 where I gave a “Meet the Artist” session.

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“Post Poem Post Card Art” by Zata Kitowski, 2003

Here is a selection of postcards received from my Post Poem Post Card Art project in 2003.

The hand-made postcards were numbered and distributed around London with a stamp affixed.

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Zata Kitowski invited to contribute to a poetry anthology about capital cities

I am delighted to have been invited to contribute to a forthcoming poetry anthology about capital cities of the world.

The collection will be published in March 2015 and further details about the book will be posted here shortly.

 

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.

 

Watch “PoetryFilm Blackboard”

PoetryFilm Blackboard was a participatory text/art project devised by Zata Banks. Participants were invited to write or draw on a blackboard using chalk. A photograph was taken of each person’s blackboard and a montage film was made showcasing all the blackboard contributions. PoetryFilm Blackboard was commissioned by the Southbank Centre as part of Poetry International and the Festival of Love on 18, 19, 20 July 2014 and took place at the Saison Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall.

PoetryFilm at Supernormal Festival, 8-10 August 2014

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Watch the “Global Love Poem” time-lapse poetry film

During Poetry International (18 – 21 July 2014), the Poetry Library’s exhibition space was turned into a giant page.

Visiting poets from all over the world were asked to contribute a line towards a new collaborative sonnet. The poem grew throughout the festival as lines were added by hand and the poem took its visual form.

The poets were: Kutti Revathi (Tamil), Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia), Ana Blandiana (Romania), Kayombo Chingonyi (Zambia), Rhys Trimble (Wales), Sujata Bhatt (India / USA / Germany), Sabrina Mahfouz (British / Egyptian), Michael Augustin (Germany), Inua Ellams (Nigeria), Tom Warner (England), Maitreyabandhu (England).

The Global Love Poem exhibition at the Saison Poetry Library also included PoetryFilm Blackboard, a participatory text/art project devised by Malgorzata Kitowski. (You can just see the blackboard and the participants on the right hand side of the screen.)

Watch “Rolling Frames” (winning poetry film for Adults in the Shot Through the Heart competition)

Watch “Rolling Frames” below, the winning poetry film for adults in the Southbank Centre’s “Shot Through The Heart” poetry film competition.

The poem was written by Ella Jane Chappell and the film was made by Katie Garrett.

On stage at the Southbank Centre introducing “PoetryFilm: Sounds of Love”

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On stage in the Purcell Room for the Prize Giving for the “Shot Through the Heart” poetry film competition




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Judges Malgorzata Kitowski and Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel on stage in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre.

PoetryFilm Blackboard: project documentation (Comments Book)

Below is a selection of comments written in the PoetryFilm Blackboard Comments Book.

PoetryFilm Blackboard ran on Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July 2014 at the Saison Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre.

This participatory text/art project was devised by Malgorzata Kitowski and it was part of the Festival of Love and Poetry International.

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PoetryFilm Blackboard: project documentation (Sunday 20 July 2014)

Below is a selection of participant photographs taken during the PoetryFilm Blackboard project on Sunday 20 July 2014 at the Southbank Centre.

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PoetryFilm Blackboard: project documentation (Saturday 19 July 2014)

Below is a selection of participant photographs taken during the PoetryFilm Blackboard project on Saturday 19 July 2014 at the Southbank Centre.

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PoetryFilm Blackboard: project documentation (Friday 18 July 2014)

Below is a selection of participant photographs taken during the PoetryFilm Blackboard project on Friday 18 July 2014 at the Southbank Centre.

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The “PoetryFilm Blackboard” participatory text/art exhibit has now finished. Materials documenting the co-creation project will be uploaded to this website soon.

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Many thanks to the PoetryFilm Blackboard volunteers

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Many thanks to the PoetryFilm Blackboard volunteers for their fantastic help.

Sophie Palmer, James Connor (not pictured), Laramie Shubber, Sherrelle Nelson (not pictured), Rachel Nelson (not pictured), Sam Toller.

Menu screen for PoetryFilm: Sounds of Love and Love of Sounds which took place on Saturday 19 July 2014 at the Southbank Centre

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