I have been invited to read at The Poetry Café on Saturday 13 December. Publicity material for the event is below:
Platform 1 is a wonderfully eclectic night of poetry and spoken word at The Poetry Café, hosted by Ernie Burns and Amy Neilson Smith. This month’s event features:
Mishi – a devoted Stalwart Football fan, his work, often written in a real-life, working man’s rhyme is honest and hilariously self deprecating
Zata Kitowski – a jewel of antithesis, her collection Doppelgangers is published by Heaventree Press
James McKay – since graduating from Cambridge, his lyrical work and mastery of Victorian classics has stolen many a show
Elphara – a violinist whose music will pluck your heart strings
Colour has been used in silent film since its very beginning – as spectacle in its own right, as a means of underscoring a narrative by addressing the senses and emotions of the audience, and in relation to the opening up of a world of colour in other popular art forms.
In this selection you will find glorious examples of hand colour, tinting and toning, stencil colour from the sound era as well as Gasparcolor and Technicolor from the sound era.*
PoetryFilm has been invited to be a delegate at the Archive Screening Day event at the BFI Southbank organised by the ICO (Independent Cinema Office). Designed for independent exhibitors, this will be an industry screenings event showcasing films from the UK’s national and regional film archives – extremely rich resources.
The Archive Screening Day sessions are outlined below and the archive film programmes will be posted here separately.
I am delighted to have been invited to contribute an academic presentation called The PoetryFilm Archive 2002-2015 to the Pararchive Conference at Leeds University.
This AHRC-funded conference and community showcase marks the climax of an eighteen-month multidisciplinary research project entitled Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive. The project is based at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds and seeks to build new interactive environments that explore issues of ownership, public and institutional relationships and provide tools for collaborative community research and creative expression using digital heritage resources.
Many thanks to the team at Pararchive for the invitation.
Friday 27th March 2015 – Saturday 28th March 2015
stage@leeds, University of Leeds
Following the PoetryFilm event in Cork, today PoetryFilm is heading to Dublin.
PoetryFilm has been awarded a Trademark Registration Certificate by the Intellectual Property Office.
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).
Regulate is an exhibition showcasing recent works by 12 artists who responded to the theme of routine and repetition in contemporary art:
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.
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.
Words & voice by Øyvind Rimbereid
Organ by Nils Henrik Asheim
Design & animation by Kristian P.
The Pipes (Norwegian: Pipene)
Written for the opening of the Stavanger Concert hall and its custom built organ, The Pipes is an ode to industrial history – the former backbone of the city’s economic and social life.
I was delighted to be invited to be a Jury Member and invited to award the Radioeins Prize at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival. Below are the comments I made before announcing the winning film and awarding the Diploma to Self-Evident Things by Piotr Bosacki.
The film was chosen on the basis of a majority vote by the audience jury team and the film was chosen for a number of reasons:
Zata Kitowski awarding the Radioneins Prize Diploma. It was received by Boris Nitzsche from Literaturwerkstatt Berlin on behalf of Piotr Bosacki.
Film still from Self-Evident Things / Rzeczy Oczywiste by Piotr Bosacki.
The winners of the 7th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival have been announced. Congratulations to:
La’eb Al Nard / The Dice Player
Film: Nissmah Roshdy – Egypt 2013, 3 min
Poem: La’eb Al Nard by Mahmoud Darwish
Pipene / The Pipes
Film: Kristian Pedersen – Norway 2014, 3 min
Poem: Pipene by Øyvind Rimbereid
essen – stück mit aufblick
Film: Peter Böving – Germany 2013, 10 min
Poem: essen – stück mit aufblick by Ernst Jandl
The Aegean or the Anus of Death
Film: Eleni Gioti – Greece 2014, 7:30 min
Poem: The Aegean or the Anus of Death by Jazra Khaleed
The ZEBRINO prize for the Best Poetry Film for Children and Young People was won by:
Death for a Unicorn
Film: Riccardo Bernasconi, Francesca Reverdito – Switzerland 2013 15:00 min
Poem: Death for a Unicorn by Francesca Reverdito
The radioeins Audience Prize, awarded by a jury of radioeins listeners, has gone to:
Rzeczy oczywiste / Self-evident Things
Film: Piotr Bosacki – Poland 2013, 10 min
Poem: Rzeczy oczywiste by Piotr Bosacki
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.
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 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.
Zata Kitowski introducing the event. Don Share, poet and chief editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago, is in the front row.
The entrance to the PoetryFilm venue at Swindon New College. Matt Holland (owner of Lower Shaw Farm) and Hilda Sheehan (Festival Organiser) stand under the Theatre entrance (both wearing black).
Below are programme details for the PoetryFilm screening at the Swindon Festival of Poetry, 6pm on Friday 3 October 2014.
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).
The venue for the PoetryFilm event is Swindon New College, New College Dr, SN3 1AH.
The festival website is: http://swindonfestivalofpoetry.co.uk/2014-programme/
Many thanks to Hilda Sheehan for the invitation.
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.
Typewriter text manuscript of the eponymous poetry film.
“Standard of Truth is a video about archives and innocence. Children do not have any archives; they are born free. They do not have to worry about all those boxes of papers stating this or that truth, they do not have to pay storage fees, or check the levels of relative humidity in the vaults. The past has not yet arrived. They have nothing else than life ahead of them. The meaning that flows in their veins is not saturated with antibodies; they are made of oxygen. Maybe that is why they have big smiles.” – Daniel Dugas
The text of Paul Celan’s poem Schliere (Floaters) is printed with a Braille writing machine onto black leader, translating it into Braille writing. The 16mm film is readable to a blind person through physical touch, though projected onto the screen the writing transforms into an unidentifiable code of bright spots.
A blind person can read the 16mm film through physical touch, though can’t see the film projected; a sighted person can see the film projected, though can’t read the visual Braille poem – a paradox particularly appropriate in relation to Celan’s key themes of language and trauma.
The poetry film Dart by Marc Tiley is an abridged version of Alice Oswald’s poem.