11 Outstanding Video Poems from the International Film Poetry Festival 2016| Athens | Theatre Empros1
Kατά τη διάρκεια του Διεθνούς Φεστιβάλ Βιντεοποίησης ξεχώρισαν αρκετά ποιήματα και videos για την πρωτοτυπία τους, την αρτιότητα παραγωγής και την δημιουργική έμπνευση.
Τα σημαντικότερα δώδεκα βίντεο – ποιήματα από το 2016 είναι από την Ελλάδα, την Ιταλία, την Αγγλία, το Βέλγιο, την Ισπανία, την Ουκρανία και τις ΗΠΑ.
During the International Film Poetry Festival 2015 many poems and videos stood out
for their originality, integrity of production and creative inspiration.
The finest twelve video poems from 2016 came from Greece, Italy, UK, Belgium, spain, Ukraine and USA.
Animals by Puccio Chiesa and Roberto Moroni by Semiolabile
Tώρα (η πιο φευγαλέα λέξη) / Now (the most fleeting word)
Ποίηση / Poetry: Frantzeska Averbach
The Future is Here by Bianca Stone / Filmmaker: Helen Dewbery
“Nothing bad can touch this life I haven’t already imagined.” This stunning black-and-white poetry film from UK filmmaker Helen Dewbery and US poet Bianca Stone should serve as a reminder—if any were needed—of the power of international collaboration on this day when the advocates for Little England seem to have triumphed. The poem is from Stone’s 2014 collection Someone Else’s Wedding Vows. Colin Heaney composed the music.
Kafeneio by Yiannis Lianos | Lokatola Kollektiva
Poety by Tasos Tzortzatos
Transmission by Chris Sakellaridis
A gorgeous animation by Afroditi Bitzouni accompanies a recitation by the Anglo-Greek poet Chris Sakellaridis. The echo effect makes it a bit hard to understand at first, but the text is included at the end of a review at The Creators Project, which begins:
Animated paper cutouts a la Henri Matisse come together to form a visual representation of a poem influenced by the Greek mythological character Orpheus. In Transmission, illustrator and animator Afroditi Bitzouni interprets Chris Sakellaridis’s poem of the same name through a form of collage animation. The seamless fluidity of Bitzouni’s animation resembles the work of Matt Smithson in his Decoding the Mind video. Taking cues from a chilling score by John Davidson, Bitzouni creates fragmented landscapes and abstract humanoids from scraps of colored paper. The majority of the cut outs are grain layer construction paper while others look like they were taken from a magazine or book.
The film is part of the 3361 Orpheus project,an experimental performance, that combines poetry, music, animation, dance and opera. Ιt draws inspiration from a range of retellings and adaptations of Orpheus’s myth.
The performance’s concept is based on a triptych. The dismemberment and subsequent journey of Orpheus’s head from the river Evros to the island to Lesvos and the creation of his Oracle near the Petrified Forest. The spatial, disembodied, satellite voice coming from the constellation Lyra, where the lyre was placed after his death. The fate of Orpheus’s limbs, buried near Mount Olympus.
The main characters in the narrative are Hermes, in his capacity as psychopomp and transporter of dead souls; Eurydice, recounting her own experience, in the form of shade and dryad, as well as memory; and Orpheus with his lyre, which is seen as a fourth character, a creature alive with its own vital energy.
video poetry critique by Dave Bonta from MovingPoems.com
Time and River by Maciej Piatek
This film was made as a result of collaboration between Lucy English, Tim Benjamin & Maciej Piatek. More info about the Book of Hours project below. The poem was written by Lucy to the video samples/animations I made earlier on. Then the whole poem was incorporated into the longer visual piece. Lucy wanted to reverse the traditional way of making video poems where words are initiating the whole creative visual process.
Lucy English on the Book of Hours project
”The Book of Hours is my current PhD in digital writing project and is an attempt to create a contemporary secular digital version of a ‘Book of Hours’. I want to explore the notion that our electronic devices are not just for distraction but can also be used as tools for reflection. The ‘readership’ will be international rather than regional or national and this is emphasised by my use of international film makers, such as Marc Neys from paddingelgium and a product designer, Loki English from Berlin. Rather than the traditional reading experience of a book The Book of Hours can be experienced during moments of down time, such as waiting for a bus, or during the coffee break at work.
The content of The Book of Hours will be a loose replication of the original books of hours. In the digital Book of Hours the ‘choice’ will be generated digitally but will reflect the time the viewer accesses the site.”
Poem & Voice: Lucy English
Music: Tim Benjamin
Concept & Animation: Maciej Piatek
Whitman Illustrated Song of myself
Illustrated by Allen Crawford
Video by David S.Kessler
Illustrator Allen Crawford has turned Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” into a sprawling, 256-page work of art. The densely-handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that’s both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem—exuberant, rough, and wild. “Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself” is a sensational reading experience, an artifact in its own right, and a masterful tribute to the Good Gray Poet.
published by Tin House
Lady Lazarus by Hieu Gray
Hieu Gray’s visual poem of Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” is a modern interpretation where the iconic female protagonist becomes a Hollywood starlet enamored with fame and imprisoned by her own doubts and fears at LA’s famed ACE Hotel.
Oracle of a found shoe
Directed and animated – Angie Bogachenko
Music – Oskar Schuster “ELEONORA”
Poetry and reading – Mustafa Stitou “ORACLE OF A FOUND SHOE” (Orakel van een gevonden schoen)
Translation – David Colmer
Gecompliceerde Schaduwen / Complicated Shadows by Marc Neys (aka Swoon)
The videopoem is panel 3 in the tryptich ‘Onderweg’ / ‘Transit’, the first self written Dutch triptych by Swoon.
Words, voice, concept, camera, editing & music: Swoon
Translation: Annmarie Sauer
Footage: Ivan Besse Collection (Britton, South Dakota ’38-’39)
(Prelinger Archives – public Domain)
In the Dead of Winter We by R.A. Villanueva
An animation inspired by the poem, In the Dead of Winter We, by R.A. Villanueva, from his book Reliquaria.
This film, made for the poem “In the Dead of Winter We” by the Filipino American poet R.A. Villanueva, from his book Reliquaria,” which won the 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.
The film was nominated for the 2015 Webby Awards in the Best Online Video: Animation category, and the write-up there reveals some fascinating details, including the fact that Reyes and Villanueva are brothers.