POSTPONED: Cadence 2020 – Video Poetry Workshop with Rachel Kessler

$130 NWFF Members

For ages 16+

Duration: 6h
Instructor: Rachel Kessler


Man Ray described his “Cinepoem” as “not an abstract film nor a story-teller; its reasons for being are its inventions of light forms and movements.” In this workshop, we will explore the possibilities of image, text, and sound in unexpected juxtaposition, examining classic pieces of experimental cinema and video art, the forebearers of video poetry, as well as video poetry. Applying various poetic techniques to the structure, filming and editing process, participants will work towards creating and completing a short piece to be screened during Cadence.

Some experience writing poetry, with recording video (phone experience counts), and editing via Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro is recommended. If you have questions about your experience and this workshop, email Workshop participants will receive complimentary admission with a guest to the showcase in which their final piece is screened!

“Words would be redundant in film if they were used as a further projection from the image. However, if they were brought in on a different level, not issuing from the image, but as another dimension relating to it, then it is the two things together that make a poem.” – Maya Deren

Rachel Kessler

Rachel Kessler’s essays, poems, cartoons, videos, and visual art have appeared in books The Open Daybook Ghosts of Seattle Past, and WA129, as well as The Stranger, Narrative MagazineLiterary HubPoetry Northwest, and public restrooms throughout Washington state. Kessler is cofounder of poetry performance collaborations Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society. Her book of collaborative poems and document of interactive performance art, 100 Rooms, is forthcoming spring 2020 with Entre Rios press. She is currently working on an audio community cartography project called “Profanity Hill: A Tour of Yesler Way,” co-founder of collective Wa Na Wari, a center for Black art and media in the CD, and is Artist-In-Residence at public housing project Yesler Terrace.

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