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Bokeh Yeah! ‘Timeline Poem-Film Challenge’ screens at HOME Manchester, 29 March 2016

I am delighted to have been invited to judge this poem-film competition in Manchester on 29 March 2016. The press release is below.

Local filmmakers adapt poems to the big screen 

Manchester-based filmmaking group, Bokeh Yeah! has launched its third ‘Timeline Poem Film Challenge’ in collaboration with local publishers Carcanet Press, Flapjack Press and Commonword. The project helps Bokeh Yeah! members adapt poems provided by the publishers into short films using DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras. Publishers and filmmakers from across the region were invited to take part in the 2016 challenge, widening the opportunity for creative collaboration. Previous associates include award-winning short story publisher, Comma Press.

The completed short films will be screened at HOME, Manchester’s premium arts centre, on 29 March with support from Manchester Literature Festival. An independent judging panel, including Zata Banks, poem-film maker and founder of the PoetryFilm project; poet and Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, Vona Groarke; and Michael Symmons Roberts, poet and Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, will choose their favourite film, with a £300 cash prize to be divided between the winning filmmaker and poet. The event will also include performances and live readings from an array of internationally-renowned poets, and a showcase of student film adaptations of Emeriti poets. The students were also given the challenge whist studying at Fujairah Women’s College Higher College of Technology. Cultural links are being made with Bokeh Yeah! and UAE, whilst Adele Myers is working out in Fujairah in the college.

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PoetryFilm Parallax: NES Skagastrond, Iceland, 17 March 2016

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PoetryFilm Parallax

17 March 2016, 7pm

NES, Skagastrond, Iceland

A curated selection of 14 short film artworks, chosen for their alignment with poetic structures and experiences, and with the visual, verbal and aural languages of poetry in various forms.

Parallax is the apparent displacement, or difference in the apparent position, of a visual object, when viewed along different lines of sight. In his book Transcritique, the Japanese philosopher Kojin Karatani uses the word ‘parallax’ to describe Kant’s shifting between contradictory perspectives. Kant’s Antinomies of Reason are contradictory propositions, which seem valid from their own perspectives, but which cannot be simultaneously true. Kant argues alternately from one perspective, then from the other, and Karatani describes Kant’s approach as establishing a parallax between philosophical positions. Karatani asserts that parallax does not equate with negativity, but it does not negate negativity either. The basis of parallax is the positivity of both positions.

Slavoj Žižek argues that in Karatani’s concept of the parallax view, the observed difference is not simply subjective, but that the viewer’s change in perspective reflects an ontological shift in the object itself; “the subject’s gaze is always-already inscribed into the perceived object itself, in the guise of its ‘blind spot’, that which is ‘in the object more than the object itself’, the point from which the object itself returns the gaze” (Žižek, The Parallax View, 2006). “Sure, the picture is in my eye, but me, I am also in the picture” (Jacques Lacan, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, 1979).

Spirit of Place, Oliver Harrison

Twelve Hours of Daylight, Bridget Sutherland

It Started With a Murder, Susan Young

Liberté, Maciej Piatek

The Lost Reels, Matthew Humphreys

Everything Makes Love with the Silence, Hernan Talavera

Breathing, Guy Sherwin

Eye, Guy Sherwin

Our Bodies, Matt Mullins

Talking Skull, David Asher Brook

Constellations, Julian Scordato

Barattolo di Sale, PNEUMA

Growing Up, Eugeny Tsymbalyuk

Faster than Birds, Liliane Lijn

Anosmia

I’m delighted to be featured in this month’s Visual Verse: Online Anthology of Art and Words. The image on the left is by Alejandro Carol and my response, Anosmia, is on the right.

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Art Beyond Sight exhibition, 17 March – 1 May 2016

Delighted to announce that my film Full Stop has been selected for inclusion in the Art Beyond Sight group show, a sensory based exhibition looking at visual perception.

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Press release from Art Beyond Sight:

“Art Exhibitions are usually a visual experience. But as humans we understand the world by combining what we receive from all five senses. For the first time in our history, Art with a Heart are hosting a sensory based exhibition that explores how the five senses can enhance and change the way we understand art.

Art Beyond Sight is looking at perception and taking art beyond just being a visual encounter. This part of the exhibition is looking at the concept of ‘vision’, the mystery of synaesthesia and the sensation of sound. This section addresses the senses purpose in optical perception whilst questioning the role of visual art in evoking the other senses in the viewer. Curated by Rebecca Wild.”

PoetryFilm Paradox, NES Skagastrond, 21 February 2016

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Kvikmyndaljóð Þverstæða, MENGI Reykjavik, 10 March 2016

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PoetryFilm supports International Women’s Day 2016

8 March 2016

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“Full Stop” selected for the Stanford Code Poetry 2.0

I’m delighted to hear that Full Stop has been selected for the Stanford Code Poetry 2.0 event, which will take place on Thursday, February 18th, 6:30 pm, Wallenberg Hall 124 at Stanford University, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (USA). Please do drop in if you happen to be passing.

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Film still from Full Stop by Zata Banks, 2014.

Cut-Up Experiment VIII screened in Rio, 23 January 2016

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.

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Film still from “Cut-Up Experiment VIII: Timers Run On”

 

“Founded by Zata Banks over a decade ago, the PoetryFilm art project continues to play with the avant-garde” – aqnb

PoetryFilm is the research art project founded by Zata Banks in 2002 to celebrate experimental text/image/sound artworks, and to explore semiotics and meaning-making. Since 2002, PoetryFilm has presented 100 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. Presentations include talks for MA Creative Writing (Warwick University), MA Filmmaking (National Film & Television School), MA Visual Communication (Royal College of Art), BA Graphic Design (University of Lincoln), and a keynote talk at The House of Lords on the topic of creativity. Zata 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 containing 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.

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Curating the Contemporary: PoetryFilm Paradox

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*Curating the Contemporary (CtC) is a meeting point for discussion on arts and culture. CtC uses writing as a resource for artists, curators and audiences, sharing diverse perspectives in the format of exhibition reviews, interviews, previews and a series of special features, academic pieces and creative texts. It is a doorway to the contemporary art scene developing in London and beyond. Established in October 2013, CtC is managed by alumni of MA Curating the Contemporary: a course taught in conjunction between the Whitechapel Gallery and London Metropolitan University. It has since then evolved, as an experimental platform, through the collaboration with and discourse of different contributors.

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Spring Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival, The Freud Museum, London, 12 March 2016

Word & Image

Organised by The Freud Museum and The Poetry Society

In talks, readings, conversations and film screenings, speakers from the worlds of poetry, film and psychoanalysis explore the power of images in memory, imagination and poetry. How is an image re-rendered in a poem, and how might perception be influenced by the poet’s internal world?

Sessions include:

Gerry Byrne on the transformational power of words and images in poetry and psychotherapy.

Valerie Sinason on the language of trauma and dissociation. (abstract)

Mark Solms on ‘The Mind of the Artist’. (abstract)

Eliza Kentridge, poet and artist, reading from and introducing Signs for an Exhibition, and in conversation with Mark Solms.

Poetry films selected by Zata Banks and introduced by the filmmakers. (Programme)

Maurice Riordan with a ‘poem on the couch’, conducting an in-depth analysis of a single poem,Santarém by Elizabeth Bishop.

Pascale Petit on how imagery and images filter pain; exploring the creative dialogue she has developed with the work of Frida Kahlo. (abstract)

SPEAKERS

Gerry Byrne is a consultant nurse and child and adolescent psychotherapist, working in the NHS and privately in Oxford. He is clinical lead for the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service (Oxon, Wilts and BaNES) and the Infant Parent Perinatal Service (Oxon). With two colleagues he runs the annual Children in Troubled Worlds conference which promotes the contributions psychoanalytic thinking and the arts can make to work with troubled children and with Janet Bolam, theatre director and writer, he runs Between the Lines – Writers and Psychotherapists in Conversation. http://www.bolamandbyrne.co.uk

Valerie Sinason is a poet, author, child and adult psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London and Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to the Cape Town Child Guidance Unit.

Mark Solms is Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the British, American and South African Psychoanalytical Associations, and has won many awards, including the Sigourney Prize. He has published over 300 articles and six books. He is editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols).

Eliza Kentridge was born in Johannesburg in 1962. She moved to England in the late 1980s and has lived in Essex for the past 25 years. She is an artist who works in many media, though she is primarily known for her stitched drawings and applique flags. Her literary leanings, evident since childhood, now result in her first book of poetry: Signs For An Exhibition

Maurice Riordan’s poetry collections include The Water Stealer (Faber, 2013) and The Holy Land(Faber, 2007). He has recently edited The Finest Music: Early Irish Lyrics (Faber, 2014). He is Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University and the editor of The Poetry Review.

Pascale Petit is a poet living in Cornwall. Her sixth collection Fauverie was shortlisted for the 2014 T S Eliot Prize, poems from it won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Her fifth collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo was shortlisted for both the T S Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in the Observer. Pascale has had four collections shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and chosen as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. She is the recipient of a Cholmondeley Award. Bloodaxe will publish her seventh collection Mama Amazonica in 2017.

PoetryFilm is the highly influential research art project founded by British artist Zata Banks in 2002, celebrating poetry films and other experimental text/image/sound material. Since 2002, PoetryFilm has presented over 80 events at venues including Tate Britain, ICA, FACT Liverpool, Cannes Film Festival, CCCB Barcelona, O Miami, The Royal College of Art, and Curzon Cinemas. Zata Banks has also judged poetry film prizes for the Southbank Centre in London, Zebra Festival in Berlin, and Carbon Culture Review in America. PoetryFilm is supported by Arts Council England, and is an accredited member of Film Hub London, part of the BFI Audience Network. The PoetryFilm Archive, which at present contains over 1,000 artworks, welcomes submissions all year round.

ABSTRACTS/FILM PROGRAMME

Echoes (6 minutes, 35mm)
Artist: Jaimz Asmundson
A process-based, experimental film about loss, and the parallel between memory and the physical self: how it evolves, degrades and disintegrates. Structured around the recollection of a premonitory dream, fragmented memories from the period leading up to the death of the filmmaker’s mother were projected onto natural textures and surfaces, re-photographed, composited and processed until the memories became abstracted representations of the evolution, degradation and disintegration of memory and the physical self.

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Three Mirrors (20 minutes, 16mm)
Artist: Diana Mavroleon
Shot in the mid-1980s, the film was written using automatic writing to explore the unconscious mind, using mirrors as in-gates. Three Mirrors was made just down the hill from the Freud Museum at Cinema Action in Winchester Rd, and was used for discussion in R.D. Laing’s department of Psychology, in the “Dream Workshop” on Eton Avenue. The film received a ‘Composer’s Commission’ from GLAA, and features an original score by Gary Carpenter.

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You Be Mother (6 minutes, 16mm)
Artist: Sarah Pucill
You Be Mother uses stop-frame animation to disrupt the traditional orders of animate and inanimate, the fluid and the solid. An hallucinatory space is set up when a frozen image of the artist’s face is projected onto weighty pieces of crockery atop a table. Ears, eyes, nose and mouth all become spatially dislocated as a determined hand begins to reposition, decant and mix. Events unfold to the amplified sounds of grinding, pouring and stirring.

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Palindrome (2 minutes, 8mm)
Artist: Zata Banks
Male and female move towards the centre.

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Poetry and Psychoanalysis
Valerie Sinason
Psychoanalysis and creativity both seek truth and transformation and have a long and complex history. Freud, as a fine writer, brought in both his appreciation of and ambivalence for the poet who, he felt, could delve deeper than the analyst, but not understand what s/he had brought to the surface. He also considered art of any kind could only work if the primary narcissism of the artist was adequately concealed. As a psychoanalyst and poet who loves language Valerie Sinason provides examples of this from her own work as well as that by others and also shows how the literal can sometimes be denigrated in favour of the symbolic

The Mind of the Artist
Mark Solms
Freud famously declared that artists retain their infantile fantasies to an unusual degree. In effect, he argued that they are more narcissistic and less reconciled to reality than non-artists. Does this theory hold water? Psychoanalyst MARK SOLMS will address the question in dialogue with poet and artist ELIZA KENTRIDGE, using her as a sort of ‘case example’.

From Pain to Paint
Pascale Petit
In this presentation I will talk about how images can transform trauma. I will discuss image-making from my own autobiography, illustrating this with poems fromThe Zoo Father and Fauverie, and how the animal imagery filters the pain. I will also show how I have explored trauma through the exuberant but harrowing art of Frida Kahlo, in my collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, and how working with her images and story allowed me the freedom to explore my own difficult subjects in poems.

Booking

REGISTRATION: £60 Full price / £45 Concessions (£5 reduction for Members of the Freud Musuem and the Poetry Society)

For Online Booking please CLICK HERE

For the Poetry Society website please CLICK HERE

PoetryFilm Submissions 2016

Work welcome

Poetry films, art films, text films, sound films, silent films, collaborations, auteur films, films based on poems, poems based on films, experimental films and other text/image/sound screening and performance material. Submissions will be catalogued in The PoetryFilm Archive and will be considered for all future PoetryFilm projects.

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PoetryFilm News: January 2016

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SOLD OUT BFI LOVE PoetryFilm Paradox (comments)

Below is a selection of audience comments about December’s PoetryFilm Paradox events:

Inspiring + creative and a well thought out evening

Moving. Profound. Enriched.

Meaningful, inspiring. Positive and engaging

The only organisation that mixes poetry reading with poetry film

Nice to see a variety of different experiences of love

Arousing – in every possible way

Thought provoking. Surprising. Rich visuals and language.

Very interesting, never seen anything like it

I loved the variety and the quality

Curation was wonderful, great balance of films

So edgy. But interesting.

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Artist-Researcher Residency in Iceland

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. 

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SOLD OUT BFI LOVE PoetryFilm Paradox at Hackney Picturehouse (documentation)

The third and final BFI LOVE PoetryFilm Paradox event at Hackney Picturehouse Cinema SOLD OUTon 22 December 2015. Photo-documentation is below.

Many thanks to: 

FILMMAKERSKate JessopStuart PoundRaymond Luczak, Bruno Teixidor, Tim Webb, Brooke Griffin, Jaimz Asmundson, Carol Mavor, Megan Powell, Claire Olivia MoedAdrian Garcia GomezRachel MayfieldBe ManziniMegan PowellMartin PicklesMikey GeorgesonJane GlennieRichard Dailey

AK Blakemore, Kate Noakes and Agnieszka Studzinska (all from Eyewear Publishing) for the fantastic LIVE POETRY READINGS 

PARTNERSFilm LondonFilm Hub LondonBFIHackney Picturehouse Cinema

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nelly “Siberian Summer”

ALL THE GUESTS for the wonderful feedback and conversation

#‎poetryfilmparadox #‎paradox #‎poetryfilm #‎poetry #‎film #‎BFILove #‎FilmHubLDN @poetryfilmorg 

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Introducing PoetryFilm Paradox

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Poet Kate Noakes

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Filmmaker Jane Glennie + Zata Banks

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Oliver Jones from Eyewear Publishing introducing the poets

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Applause!

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Filmmakers Martin Pickles + Kate Jessop + Zata Banks + Filmmaker Be Manzini

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Poet AK Blakemore

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Books from Eyewear Publishing + PoetryFilm Paradox postcards

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SOLD OUT BFI LOVE PoetryFilm Paradox at The Groucho Club (documentation)

The two BFI LOVE PoetryFilm Paradox events at The Groucho Club SOLD OUT on 13 December 2015. Photo-documentation is below.

Many thanks to:

FILMMAKERS: Kate Jessop, Stuart Pound, Raymond Luczak, Bruno Teixidor, Tim Webb, Brooke Griffin, Jaimz Asmundson, Carol Mavor, Megan Powell, Claire Olivia Moed, Adrian Garcia Gomez, Rachel Mayfield, Be Manzini, Megan Powell, Martin Pickles, Mikey Georgeson, Jane Glennie, Richard Dailey

+ Todd Swift, Barbara Marsh, Mel Pryor, Colette Sensier (Eyewear Publishing), Tim Cumming (Pitt Street Poetry) for the fantastic LIVE POETRY READINGS

+ PARTNERSFilm London, Film Hub London, BFI, The Groucho Club

+ PHOTOGRAPHER: Bobby Nayyar

+ ALL THE GUESTS for the wonderful feedback and conversation

#‎poetryfilmparadox #‎paradox #‎poetryfilm #‎poetry #‎film #‎BFILove #‎FilmHubLDN @poetryfilmorg 

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Introducing PoetryFilm Paradox

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Tim Cumming reading poems from his latest book Rebel Angels in the Mind Shop at PoetryFilm Paradox (2)

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PoetryFilm Paradox (2) – audience. Filmmaker Stuart Pound (film: Die Nebensonnen) is on the far left, sitting next to the picture on the wall

 

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Poet Colette Sensier reading from her collection published by Eyewear

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Poets Mel Pryor + Tim Cumming (by the red curtain)

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Poet Colette Sensier reading at PoetryFilm Paradox (2)

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Poet Barbara Marsh (who recently won the prestigious £5,000 Troubadour Poetry Prize 2015) reading at PoetryFilm Paradox (1)

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Poet Mel Pryor reading at PoetryFilm Paradox (2)

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PoetryFilm Paradox (1) – audience

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Poet Colette Sensier reading at PoetryFilm Paradox (2)

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Poet Tim Cumming reading at PoetryFilm Paradox (2)

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Poet Barbara Marsh + filmmaker Be Manzini (film: This Is Not A Thank You) + Zata Banks

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Audrey Hepburn also made it to the screening

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Todd Swift (poet + Editorial Director of Eyewear Publishing) + poet Barbara Marsh with her new book

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Todd Swift reading at PoetryFilm Paradox (1)

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The audience filling in the Film London feedback forms (printed on yellow paper) + Todd Swift sitting in the front row + artist/musician Mikey Georgeson (film: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock) standing on the right

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Filmmaker Be Manzini (right)

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PoetryFilm Archive: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Martin Pickles and Mikey Georgeson

The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock was premiered at PoetryFilm Paradox at The Groucho Club on 13 December 2015, a venue in the heart of Soho where, as it happens, the work was filmed.

The poem recording was made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of T.S. Eliot’s 1915 poem. In the accompanying film, a man and a woman fail to meet, despite their paths crossing on the neon streets of Soho. The special Super 8 stock (200 ASA Kodak Security Film) was negative rather than positive, and it is this that lends the film a beige ambiance, reflecting Eliot’s “yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes.”

Poem by T.S. Eliot (1915)
Voice and Music by Mikey Georgeson (2015)
Produced by David M. Allen
Encouraged by Simon Indelicate
Film by Martin Pickles (2015)
The Man: Pat Reid
The Woman: Leslie Cummins
Edited from Super 8 film shot in Soho, Piccadilly and Belgravia in 1999
Film stock: 200 ASA Kodak Security Film created by Alan Doyle
Telecine by Lux

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Poetry + Film: Zata Banks + Roxana Vilk at the Scottish Poetry Library (Dec 2015, documentation)

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….”

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BFI LOVE PoetryFilm Paradox: 13 + 22 December 2015

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PoetryFilm Paradox

A selection of short film artworks exploring the theme of love curated by Zata Banks

+ featuring live poetry readings by 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

Full programme below

@poetryfilmorg @Film_London @grouchoclubsoho @HackneyPH
#poetryfilm #poetry #film #poetryfilmparadox #BFILove #FilmHubLDN

 

PROGRAMME

Caro Domenico (Dear Domenico)

Director: Kate Jessop (3m)

A screen adaptation of a letter (themed ‘A letter to an ex‘) Stefano Gabbana wrote to Domenico Dolce. Charting their demise of their relationship and the birth of their Milan fashion label, the artist worked with stop motion, fabric collage and digital animation to create the piece, referencing the visual language of fashion. Commissioned by Festival Delle Lettere Milan, in association with Marie Claire Italia.

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Platillo Puro

Director: Bruno Teixidor; poet: Tomas Segovia (Red Scarlett, 2m32s)

A film fantasia based on a poem by Spanish-Mexican poet Tomas Segovia (1927-2011), whose voice and words are used with the permission of his family. Contains nudity.

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15th February

Director: Tim Webb; poet and voice: Peter Reading (16mm, 6m35s)

The film mixes live action and animation to describe a symbolic rejection and its sadistic outcome, as related in the poem by Peter Reading.

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Instructions to Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man

Director: Brooke Griffin; poet: Raymond Luczak; music: Benjamin Woo. (Canon 5D animation, 4m01s)

A short animated film based on a poem of the same name by deaf poet Raymond Luczak. With no spoken word, the film employs American Sign Language, left untranslated.

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Die Nebensonnen

Director: Stuart Pound (2m24s)

In this sound-informed film, the mysterious love poem by Wilhelm Muller from Schubert’s Winterreise provides the audio amplitude samples used to draw the waveform, celebrating a love of sound.

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The Mythy Quick

Richard Dailey (35mm, 11m)

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All Lovers Could Be Love

Rachel Mayfield (DLR, 0m36s)

The pilgrimage of sincere love, liberation and courtesy – against all odds.

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This is Not a Thank You

Be Manzini (DSLR, 3m36s)

A journey from love to loss to acceptance expressed through colour.

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Echoes

Jaimz Asmundson (16mm/HD, 6m0s)

Love for a mother. Structured around the recollection of a premonitory dream, fragmented memories from the period leading up to the death of the filmmaker’s mother were projected onto natural textures and surfaces, re-photographed, composited and processed until the memories became abstracted representations of the evolution, degradation and disintegration of memory and the physical self.

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Director: Carol Mavor +  Megan Powell (2m trailer)

Love for a son / love of food. This is a trailer for a moving film about an anorexic boy by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell.

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 

Director: Martin Pickles; performer + music: Mikey Georgeson (Super 8, 8m)

The poem recording was made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of T.S. Eliot’s 1915 poem. In the accompanying film, a man and a woman fail to meet, despite their paths crossing on the neon streets of Soho. The special Super 8 stock (200 ASA Kodak Security Film) was negative rather than positive, and it is this that lends the film a beige ambiance, reflecting Eliot’s “yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes.”

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Jane Glennie (2m)

A film composed from still images of Scrabble letters. Can a machine think? Can a machine love? Is a human being a machine? The artist writes… “I loved to play Scrabble on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and was intrigued by the dialogue it gave me: “the computer is thinking” I thought, as I waited for it to play its move, but in reality this was a cover-up for its processing power of a mere 48k RAM. Typographer Zuzana Licko says “We read best what we read most” – if I watch this film enough times, I can begin to decipher the words. Am I “improving” my own processing power?”

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Fucking Him

Director: C.O Moed and Adrian Garcia Gomez; poet: C.O. Moed (found footage, 1m45s)

What is fucking? What is love? What’s the difference? When do you know?

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HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE POETS : live poetry readings by poets from Eyewear Publishing (10-15m)  

AK Blakemore + Kate Noakes + Agnieszka Studzinska  

A K Blakemore‘s work has been featured in journals and magazines including Ambit, Poetry London and Magma, and anthologised in The Best of British Poetry 2015 and Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century. She has performed at the Secret Garden Party and Latitude festivals. Her debut full-length collection, Humbert Summer, winner of the 2014 Melita Hume prize, was released by Eyewear in 2015. She currently lives and works in south-east London.

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Kate Noakes is a Welsh academician. Her fifth collection is Tattoo on Crow Street from Parthian 2015. Her website is archived by the National Library of Wales. She lives and writes between London and Paris.

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Agnieszka Studzinska‘s poetry examine the ghostly topology of home, history, love. Her first debut collection, Snow Calling was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection, What Things Are (Eyewear Publishing, 2014) was described by the award winning novelist and poet, Michael Symmons Roberts, as a ‘A subtle and beautiful collection in which – poem by poem – the possibility of true knowledge is tested. Intimate and attentive, each poem returns to the question of what we can know of the world and each other.’ Agnieszka Studzinska was born in Poland in 1975.  She has an MA in Creative Writing from the UEA.  She has previously worked as a freelance researcher in broadcasting, an English teacher and is now a freelance editor of a community magazine in West London as well as a creative writing tutor.

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PoetryFilm Paradox at Hackney Picturehouse, Tuesday 22 December 2015, 7pm

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CYCLOP International Competition 2015: winner

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.

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CYCLOP Festival 2015 (documentation)

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PoetryFilm Paradox: Sunday 13 December 2015 at The Groucho Club

PoetryFilm Paradox

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

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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)

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The Terrorist, He Watches – Wislawa Szymborska

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.
Yes, now.
The bomb, it explodes.

Taken from “Sounds Feelings Thoughts: Seventy Poems” by Wislawa Szymborska, trans. Adam Czermiawski

“Poetry Films: What? How? Why?” Roundtable discussion with Zata Banks at CYCLOP Festival 2015

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.

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CYCLOP International Jury announces shortlisted films

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]
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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.

PoetryFilm partners with F-Rating to support women in film

PoetryFilm is delighted to partner with “F-Rating”, a new initiative supporting women in film. Further information supplied by “F-Rating” is below.

Developed by Bath Film Festival and now expanding across the UK, the F-Rating is a new film rating which highlights films made by and featuring women. 

Any film that answers ‘yes’ to one of these questions is awarded the F-Rating stamp of approval.

  1. Does it have a female director?
  1. Is it written by a woman?
  1. Are there significant female characters on screen in their own right?

This classification provides an easily identifiable label to enable moviegoers to “Vote With Your Seat” and support women in film. Visit f-rated.com for more information.

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