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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)

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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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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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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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447: Intellect – N

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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Agnieszka Studzinska

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

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Transmutations: PoetryFilm / Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, 16-19 April 2015

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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival and Zata Banks from PoetryFilm have co-curated this special screening, mixing films from Alchemy open submissions with classics. It features a diverse selection of film artworks, chosen for their alignment with poetry, with poetic structures, with poetic experiences, and with the visual, verbal and aural languages of poetry in various forms. The 45 minute screening will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A with some of the filmmakers, including Richard Bailey (USA) and Sean Martin (UK).

The Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival will take place 16-19 April 2015 in Hawick, Scotland, UK.

Full programme details are below.

About PoetryFilm:

PoetryFilm is a research art project founded by Zata Banks in 2002, celebrating and exploring poetry films and other text/image/sound material. Since 2002, PoetryFilm has presented over 60 events at venues including Tate Britain, The ICA, FACT Liverpool, Cannes Film Festival, CCCB Barcelona, O Miami, The Royal College of Art, Curzon Cinemas. Zata has judged poetry film prizes for the Southbank Centre, Zebra Festival in Berlin, Carbon Culture Review in America, and Apples & Snakes in the UK. 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 welcomes submissions all year round.

Transmutations

Venue: Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick
Tickets: £4
Screening date: Fri 17 April
Screening time: 5.10pm

All films in this programme (ordered alphabetically by title):

AFTERLIGHT

Timothy David Orme /United States/2013/00:03:00/

Afterlight is a short hand made film that explores both one’s inherent darkness and one’s inherent lightness. Every frame was made with charcoal on paper (sometimes each frame was drawn up to eight times) and then composited digitally.

Biography/Filmography:

Timothy David Orme is a writer, filmmaker, and animator. His two books of poems, Catalogue of Burnt Text, and his second book, Oponearth, are available through BlazeVOX Books. His films have won international awards and shown at film festivals all over the world They are available (when possible) right here on this website. Tim has also worked in television as both a camera operator, writer, director, animator, and public service announcement producer.

http://www.timothydavidorme.com/Afterlight


DREAM POEM

Dann Casswell /United Kingdom/2005/00:01:30/

In dreams it’s impossible to read the same thing twice and not have it change on you. In 2006 I made this poem from the perspective of someone who is having a fitful night’s sleep and is worried about their relationship, about loneliness, about death. The film was once played for the Sultan of Brunei, whose daughter is dyslexic. He actually sent me a sword to say thank you. It was all very strange. I still love it dearly, so I hope you enjoy it as much as the Sultan did. Please don’t send me any more swords.

Biography/Filmography:

Since creating Dream Poem in 2006, Dann Casswell has worked full-time for the BBC on local radio, for BBC Children in Need and organising creative BBC Outreach projects in his home town of Bristol. He has had work published in various short story outlets and has had work commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Dann is now a director of CreativeConnection.co.uk where he works running the animation channel, writing, producing and directing beautiful short films and high-end communications for corporate and charity clients.

https://poetryfilm.org/2014/08/19/poetryfilm-archive-dream-poem-by-dann-casswell/


EVERYTHING MAKES LOVE WITH THE SILENCE

Hernan Talavera, 3 poems by Alejandra Pizarnik/Spain/2013/00:02:34/

Biography/Filmography:

Hernán Talavera has a degree in Fine Arts. He experiments with the visual and poetic possibilities of the environment in search of dreams and intimate images. During his training he studied with artists including Tony Conrad, Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto), José Luis Guerin, Llorenç Barber and Antonio López. His work has been recognised with awards including the prize for the best piece of video art (Rendibú), the Plató Digital Award (Abycine) or the Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay (Independent and Fantastic Film, Toledo). His work has been exhibited at events including the Athens International Video Art Festival (Greece), the Internationales Videofestival Bochum (Germany), the Mostra Internazionale del Cortometraggio Montecatini (Italy) and The International Drawing Project in Kulturmodell Bräugasse of Passau (Germany). He also participates in the Daniel Charles Orchestra conducted by Llorenç Barber, in various concerts dedicated to John Cage, including those conducted in October Contemporary Culture Center Valencia (OCCC), the Valencian Museum of the Enlightenment and Modernity (MUVIM ) and the Contemporary Art Space of Castelló (EACC).

http://www.hernantalavera.com/


FAUSTUS: INCIDENT #375

Dominik Pagacz/Canada/2013/00:01:44/United Kingdom premiere

Mephistopheles enlightens Faustus.

Biography/Filmography:

Dominik Pagacz, a Canadian multidisciplinary artist whose body of film work spans over two decades, is the founding member and Artistic Director of Segment 3, an experimental theatre and film production company based in Montreal, Canada.

Filmography:

2014: Quand il vous regarde, Mercitronc!,  All the king’s horses

2013: Segment 3, 3hams, Avec leur tact habituel, 3orthographies, Like molten lead, Their simple needs, A hole in the desert, To sleep, Rawdon, Faustus: incident #375, goodboy, Arabstrap, Sir, replies Monsieur, 3rôles.

http://www.segment3.com/


FLOATERS IN THE EYE

Antoinette Zwirchmayr/Germany/2011/00:03:00/

Scattered points of light flash out from the darkness of the projection, like small forks of lightning, in a continually throbbing succession, and obviously following a systematic pattern, then two hands – the right hand is sewing together each finger of the left hand, the needle penetrates the upper layer of the skin, pulls the thread through, cautiously but smartly, as if there were no pain to be felt. For her film floaters in the eye, Antoinette Zwirchmayr transferred the poem Schliere by Paul Celan in Braille onto an already exposed 16mm film.

Biography/Filmography:

From 2011: Academy of fine Arts – Video and Videoinstallation / Dorit Margreiter
2014 Lecture at Friedl Kubelka School
2014 Assistant Paolo Woods, Summeracademy of fine Arts Salzburg
2010/11 School for Independent Film / Friedl Kubelka (tutor a.o.: Robert Beavers, Peter Tscherkassky, P. Adams Sitney, Nathaniel Dorsky, Ute Aurand)
2009/10 School for Artistic Photography / Friedl Kubelka (tutor a.o.: Victor Burgin, Lisl Ponger)
From 2009: Studies of Romanian Philology, Universitiy of Vienna
2009 International Summeracademy of fine Arts Salzburg/ Ines Doujak
2008/09 School for Photography Vienna

http://www.antoinettezwirchmayr.com/


KISSING IN HATS /

Stuart Pound and Rosemary Norman /United Kingdom/2013/00:01:30/

The poem Kissing in Hats is a villanelle, a verse form where the regular repetition of two key lines gives added urgency to what is being said. In the video, this effect is intensified by multiple tracking of the speaker’s voice, and a moving path scans a set of four drawings of World War Two lovers, kissing in hats before the men must board their train.

Biography/Filmography:

Stuart Pound lives in London and has worked in film, digital video, sound and the visual arts since the early 1970s. Since 1995 he has collaborated with the poet Rosemary Norman. Work has been screened regularly at international film and video festivals.

http://www.stuartpound.info


KOAN II

Sean Martin/Scotland/2014/00:03:00/World premiere

An ongoing series of meditations on the ontology of the image, derived from the tradition of the paradoxical riddle in Zen that is designed to awaken the student.

Biography/Filmography:

Sean Martin is a writer and filmmaker based in Edinburgh. His books include Andrei Tarkovsky and New Waves in Cinema, in addition to works on mediaeval history. He is also a poet, and won the 2011 Wigtown Poetry Prize.
Films include:
Mystery Play (2001 – feature)
The Notebooks of Cornelius Crow (2005 – feature)
Super-8 Cities (2007 (collaborative feature documentary)
Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas & the Secret History of Cinema (2009 – feature documentary)
A Boat Retold (2011 – short documentary)
Folie à Deux (2012 – feature)
Koan (2012 – short)

http://www.vimeo.com/lanternamagickafilms


LETTER

Eduardo Kac/United States/1996/00:01:00/

A navigational poem that presents the viewer with the image of a three-dimensional spiral jetting off the center of a two-dimensional spiral. Both spirals are made exclusively of text. The reader is able to grab and spin this cosmic verbal image in all directions. Thus, reading becomes a process of probing the virtual object from all possible angles. The reader is also able to fly through and around the object, thus expanding reading possibilities. In “Letter” a spiraling cone made of words can be interpreted as both converging to or diverging from the flat one. Together they may evoke the creation or destruction of a star. All texts are created as if they were fragments of letters written to the same person. However, in order to convey a particular emotional sphere, the author conflated the subject positions of grandmother, mother, and daughter into one addressee. It is not possible to distinguish to whom each fragment is addressed. The poem makes reference to moments of death and birth in the poet’s family. Letter is presented here as video documentation of an interactive reading experience.

Biography/Filmography:

Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his telepresence and bio art. A pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web ’80s, Eduardo Kac (pronounced “Katz”) emerged in the early ’90s with his radical works combining telerobotics and living organisms. His visionary integration of robotics, biology and networking explores the fluidity of subject positions in the post-digital world. His work deals with issues that range from the mythopoetics of online experience (Uirapuru) to the cultural impact of biotechnology (Genesis); from the changing condition of memory in the digital age (Time Capsule) to distributed collective agency (Teleporting an Unknown State); from the problematic notion of the “exotic” (Rara Avis) to the creation of life and evolution (GFP Bunny).

http://www.ekac.org/


LUNAR ALMANAC

Malena Szlam /Canada/2014/00:04:00/

Malena Szlam creates an artisanal journey through magnetic spheres with a staccato layering of single-frame long exposures of a multiplied moon.

Biography/Filmography:

Originally from Chile, Malena Szlam Salazar lives and works in Montreal. A member of the Double Negative Collective, she is a visual artist whose practice is situated at the intersection between cinema and installation art. Her work has been presented at the Festival du nouveau cinema, Images Festival, the NYFF’s Views from the Avant-Garde and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, among others. Her films include: Chronogram of Inexistent Time (2008, instal), Beneath Your Skin of Deep Hollow (2010, short doc), Javi (2011, short), Lunar Almanac (2014, short)


OTHER WOUNDS

Richard Bailey/United States/2013/00:08:27/European premiere

OTHER WOUNDS features three secular homilies on the wonder of childhood perceptions, the strange landscape of life everlasting, and the violence of being human. The video celebrates the wild place that lies between object and symbol, between the concrete particularity of material phenomena and the abstract generality of pure thought. There is a sense of play and reverence in the way the narrator adds mythic emphasis to the sensible features of landscape and architecture in the pictures.

Biography/Filmography:

Richard Bailey’s short films have shown in festivals across the country, including SXSW, Focus, Black Maria, Snake Alley and at Anthology Film Archives in NYC. His poetry collection REVIVAL was awarded Finalist for the 2012 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a short story. His play A SHIP OF HUMAN SKIN was a Semifinalist at The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2012 and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, 2012.

http://tropicpictures.com


ROLLING FRAMES

Katie Garrett (film), Ella Jane Chappell (poem)/United Kingdom/2014/00:03:00/

The winning poetry film for adults in the Southbank Centre’s “Shot Through The Heart” poetry film competition.

Rolling Frames is an intimate and personal look into the scenarios of three very different relationships that are affected and manipulated by dependency. At the heart of Rolling Frames are a series of shifting voices and characters that inhabit three very different relationships. These relationships are linked by the role that dependency plays in each. To some extent, every relationship involves a yielding of independence. The poem dissects this manner of yielding: the manifestation of greed in desire, the vulnerability in love, the loneliness in lust. The physicality and inner rhythms of the words are translated once over by the expressive movements of dance, and once again through the gaze of the camera’s eyes

Biography/Filmography:

Collaborators include choreography by Anna-Lise Marie Hearn, videography by Katie Garrett (Garrett & Garrett Videography) and poetry by Ella Jane Chappell. With voices by Katie Garrett and Nicholas Hermann.

http://www.anico-dance.com/intro-1-2/


THE SOUND OF BREATHING

Erin Celeste Weisgerber/Canada/2012/00:05:46/United Kingdom premiere

Engage in the ancient practice
Of patching together
Moving and bending with ease

The cinematic translation of a poem, The Sound of Breathing is part dance film, part cine-poem. Shot and edited on 16mm black and white sotck, the film is re-photographed on an optical printer and crudely hand-processed in buckets. The resulting images present a tension between representational depth and film surface.

Biography/Filmography:

Erin Weisgerber is an emerging Montreal-based filmmaker and a graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema where she received the Faculty of Fine Art`s 2014 ¨Cinema Prize¨ as the ¨most outstanding graduate of the Department of Cinema.¨ Her educational background in philosophy and English literature influence her approach to filmmaking. Along with creating individual analog film works, Weisgerber also contributes to documentary and narrative films as a director of photography and camera operator. She is a member of Montreal`s Double Negative Collective. Her films have played in Canada, France, Britain, the United States, and Lebanon.


V.

Bernard Roddy/United States/2013/00:02:40/

V.

V. received its soundtrack from an accomplished electroacoustic musician, Konstantinos Karathanasis. The film was shot as visual percussion and could be left silent. The idea of flicker has been adapted here for shooting cover art from paperback novels of my youth and “keeping time” to the rhythm of the graphics. V. exploits the personal significance of particular paperback titles I remember owning.

Biography/Filmography:

My work in film from 2009 through 2013 has focused on the body in performance and the poetics of page and speech. Whereas the former organise actions within sequences, the latter investigate the lyrical and textual.

http://tactilecorpus.com

PoetryFilm / Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, 16-19 April 2015

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I am delighted to announce that the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival has partnered with PoetryFilm to co-curate a special screening event as part of the 2015 Festival, featuring a diverse selection of film artworks, chosen for their alignment with poetry, with poetic structures, with poetic experiences, and with the visual, verbal and aural languages of poetry in various forms. The 45 minute screening will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A with some of the filmmakers, chaired by Zata Kitowski.

The Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival will take place 16-19 April 2015 in Hawick, Scotland, UK.

Full programme details will be released shortly.

PoetryFilm in Athens, 24-26 April 2015

I am delighted to announce that PoetryFilm will be contributing a special programme of poetry films focusing on the body and gender/identity to the sound acts event in Athens in April 2015.

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A gathering, festival and symposium of sound artists and academics that work around notions of performance and identity is happening in Athens on the 24, 25, 26 of April. The event will host a wide series of performances, lectures and workshops from practitioners working in Greece, Europe and America, in most cases presenting new work.

The central body of the event revolves around FYTINI, Greece’s first queer music label, which emerged out of a series of happenings organised by conceptual art duo FYTA at the Athens Biennale 2013. Since its creation, the label has developed relationships and presented work in Europe, with most important point of reference LCC’s sound:gen- der:feminism:activism conference, the biggest international event of this kind.

sound acts will be the first such event in Greece, introducing the athenian audience to work not frequently seen and hopefully opening a dialogue about gender and identity politics within sound production.

With: Alex C (GR), Andriana Minou presents ‘Epicycle’ by Jani Christou (UK/GR), Caoimhe Mader McGuinness (UK/FR), DoDo (DE/GR), Erica Scourti (UK/GR), Frantic Aerostat (GR), FYΤA (GR), Holly Ingleton (UK), Les Trucs (DE/FR), Georges Jacotey (GR), INVASORIX (MX), Kostis Stafylakis (GR), Maria Dolores & Hundin Atxe (ES), Nanah Palm (UK/GR), Peter Cant (UK), Alexandros Drosos & Ioanna Forti (GR), Procne & Philomela (GR), Sex Workers Opera (UK/FR), Tante & Tante (UK/DE), Tara Rodgers (US), Zata Kitowski (UK)

All events will be free for the audience, adhering to the label’s DIY ethos and politics of inclusion. sound acts is also free of sponsoring, being funded solely by the label and artists themselves, with the help of crowd–funding.

The ultimate aim is the creation of a creative community, as well as a new counter-audience.

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PoetryFilm is featured in the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

“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.

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Event Report, University of Liverpool (review of the Send & Receive symposium)

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*.

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PoetryFilm at CCCB Barcelona, 19-20 March 2015

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PoetryFilm will present two programmes at the Kosmopolis Amplified Literature Festival at CCCB Barcelona on 19 and 20 March 2015. 

Both programmes are listed below.

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The Double Negative (review of the Send & Receive symposium)

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.

Trade Tattoo, Len Lye. GB 1937. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and The British Postal Museum and Archive. From material preserved and made available by the New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua

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…

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International Submissions

A selection of the 30+ international submission packages awaiting PoetryFilm’s return from Iceland, featuring packages from Italy, the Netherlands, Woodstock USA, Belgium, NY USA, France, Spain, the BFI, RCA, and a striking silver metallic package.

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PoetryFilm News: February 2015

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PoetryFilm will feature at Wenlock Poetry Festival 2015

PoetryFilm will be contributing a programme of film artworks to the Wenlock Poetry Festival 2015.

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Photo of the London Poetry Film Night III at the Genesis Cinema, July 2005

London PoetryFilm Night II