Common Area Maintenance 2020: Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Outside]
On view in the window of Common Area Maintenance from 3–8pm, April 12–19, this looping selection of video poetry is dedicated to the wanderers, strollers, and skaters seeking a poetic interruption.
The street-facing showcase will serve as a visible and audible reminder to passersby that community and dialogue around media arts WILL persist. While NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, the art-hungry can tune in to nwfilmforum.org/cadence to enjoy more video poetry during Cadence, April 15–19.
Image Credit: Georgia, by E Suhr
Short Film Program:
Dark Myriad 7 (Тьма Тем 7)
(Eta Dahlia, UK, 2020, 3 min)
Dark Myriad 7 (Тьма Тем 7) is a videopoem that aims to create a new type of poetic language, integrating spoken word with moving image to develop an non-illustrative style. By morphing faces and colours together with the use of dynamic lighting, this composition aims to weave together the fluidity of light and language. The videopoem presented here is part of an album called Dark Myriad (Тьма Тем). The project aims to integrate the audio-visual elements into inseparable rhythmic and rhyming compositions. This approach strives to reach a universal type of poem, where the natural language of the spoken word is only a part of the composition and the knowledge of this language does not limit the understanding and appreciation of the piece. The project builds on Eta Dahlia’s previous videopoem album Little Flowers (Цветочки) and develops the visual aspects and techniques of creating unified videopoetic experience. The title Dark Myriad comes from an ancient Slavonic numbering system and signifies the biggest possible number, which is linguistically associated with darkness and its perceived infinity. Note that the videopoem is originally in Russian.
How Do They Do It?
(A. Moon, US, 2019, 5 min)
This silent found footage film uses mundane moments culled from a trove of vintage films found at a Baltimore salvage house and the structure of a half-forgotten poem to mine meaning and examine agency, motivation, and the limited nature of possibilities in a familiar genre of filmmaking.
(Diego Bonilla & Rodolfo Mata, Mexico, 2019, 4 min)
In this generative poem, the term Big Data speaks to the massive collection of personal information communicated online and its processing for commercial purposes. The combination between the massive collection of personal data and its subsequent statistical processing, with an emphasis on inferential statistics to achieve persuasive objectives, will lead to a terrible reality. The poem is not a linear poem, it is a poem that regenerates itself differently each time a program is run. The sequencing of the lines of the poem was developed to always achieve, in each regeneration, appropriate grammatical and semantic structures (in Spanish). Interactive features online here.
(Ian Gibbins, Australia, 2019, 5 min)
Words stripped of their ornamentation, pared back to monosyllabic cores… Are these the roots of language? Or are they the skeletal remains of a lost form of communication?
Architecture of the Breath
(Kathy Rose, US, 2019, 5 min)
Entering the magical world of web builders….in which we work and breathe with them as they unreel a complex harmonious world…we follow.
(Ananya Garg, Seattle, WA, 2020, 5 min)
Ananya’s joy of eating a mango for the first time since childhood quickly transforms as she is immersed in her visceral, grotesque, and traumatic past.
(e e greer, Portland, OR, 4 min)
self-portrait on transcendence / as sorceress
(Corbin Louis & Shanon Sankey, Seattle, WA, 2018, 6 min)
The words of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” play on this mothers mind..
(Shai Alexandroni, Israel, 2019, 9 min)
A poetry film portraying the youth of the famous Israeli poetess Hava Pinhas-Cohen.
(E Suhr, US, 2019, 3 min)
A poem to Georgia O’Keeffe with imagery culled from backlit screen prints and an original ambient score.
It is time to give yourself flowers
(Maria Meldgaard, Denmark, 2019, 2 min)
A message of self love and intimacy that comes from a place of need, and at times from force.
(Karina Bush, Ireland & Italy, 2019, 3 min)
A video poem set in Rome, set in marble and pain.
The Letting Go
(Alan David Pritchard, UK, 2019, 2 min)
A poem talks back to the poet.
(Callan Skimin, Australia, 2020, 3 min)
On time and the desire to know ones surroundings.
You Softly Float and Pass by Me
(André Sarmento & Sofia Pelica, Portugal, 2019, 6 min)
A woman deals with feelings of loss through her connection with nature.
Back to Festival Catalog:
Cadence, the only festival dedicated to video poetry in the PNW, fosters critical and creative growth around its genre. This year we will host five online showcases of short video poetry works by 83 artists from 20 different countries, selected from an open call for submissions and solicitations. In 2020, Cadence is moving online for the first time, in response to Washington State’s Stay Home, Stay Safe mandate. All programs priced on a sliding scale.