Cadence – Core Sample
$16 General Admission
$13 NWFF Members
A panel discussion with Tom Konyves, Amaranth Borsuk, and Nikkita Oliver on the history and definition of video poetry will follow the screening and will include an opportunity for audience questions and contributions.
An attempt at describing video poetry with words alone leaves out half the poetry of the genre! Come to this screening to see work that helped define the video poetry genre from its beginnings to outstanding contemporary examples.
Verse meets visuals in motion during Cadence, a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month. Cadence is programmed in collaboration with Chelsea Werner-Jatzke.
Video poetry is the synthesis of two types of imagination. It is text-based video work or a video-based text piece. It is a space within which visual and text are intrinsic to each other. It is a poetry genre that some might call an experimental film. A video poem makes meaning that would not exist if the text was without image, the image without text.
Poet, scholar, and book artist whose work encompasses print and digital media, performance and installation.
Canadian video poetry pioneer and author of the 2011 Videopoetry: A Manifesto.
Seattle-based writer, teaching artist, attorney, and organizer.
Author and organizer of literary organizations and events.
Tom Konyves is a Canadian video poetry pioneer and author of the 2011 Videopoetry: A Manifesto. In 1978, Tom Konyves coined the term “videopoetry,” a genre he pioneered as a member of The Vehicule Poets, a Montréal avant-garde group. Konyves initiated The Great Canadian Poetry Machine (Expo 86); curated Montréal’s first Concrete Poetry Exhibition (Vehicule Art, 1980); and has given numerous poetry performances. His collection, Videopoems 1978-2008, is available on DVD (AM Productions, 2008). He currently teaches at the University of the Fraser Valley, in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
UNITED STATES OF POETRY (1995)
Javier Pina – Bilingual in a Cardboard Box
Emily XYZ with Myers Bartlett – Cash
Paul Beaty – Three Point Shot from Andromeda
Directed by Mark Pellington, produced by Bob Holman and Joshua Blum, “The United States of Poetry” aired on PBS.
Nico Vassilakis is a text and visual poet. He manipulates letters to free them of their word scrum. Many of his results can be found online and on his website, Staring Poetics. Nico’s work has been exhibited in visual poetry exhibits around the world. Alphabet Noir, a book of poems/texts about visual poetry, is out from c_L Books. Another book forthcoming is Voir Dire by Dusie Press. Nico was vispo editor for Coldfront Magazine. He has curated online mini-vispo anthologies of Finnish, Turkish, and Chilean vispoets. He co-edited The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics Books 2012). He lives in New York City with his wife and children.
John Lucas’s photography and multimedia projections have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries. He is collaborating with the poet Claudia Rankine on short documentary films, incorporating image and text in response to topical issues in the American consciousness.
Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf, 2004). She is co–editor of American Poets in the Twenty-First Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2007) and author of the play Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, which was staged at the Foundry Theatre in 2009. Rankine is the recipient of fellowships from the Academy of American Poetry, the National Endowments for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. She is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.
Eula Biss is the author of The Balloonists and Notes from No Man’s Land, which recently received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and teaches nonfiction writing as an Artist in Residence at Northwestern University. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Believer, Gulf Coast, and Harper’s.
John Bresland works in video, radio, and print. His audio essays have aired on public radio’s Weekend America, and his video essays can be seen at Ninth Letter and Blackbird. His print essays can be read in North American Review, Hotel Amerika, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and new media at Northwestern University.
Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry — If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.
William Kaminski is a conceptual artist who started Control Room with his friend, artist-curator Eve Ruether, an artist run space that independently facilitated artist projects, group exhibitions, and events in Los Angeles.
Adam Shecter works with hand-drawn animation, which he draws directly on a computer “tablet” instead of paper. His works incorporate humor, bright colors, speed and excitement.
Addoley Dzegede is a Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist based in St Louis. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa, and she has been an artist-in-residence at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland, Foundation Obras in Portugal, and Nes Artist Residency in Iceland, as well as a post-graduate apprentice at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. She received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and was awarded a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship at Washington University in St Louis, where she completed an MFA degree in Visual Art in 2015.
Arturs Punte is a member of Orbita, a creative collective of Russian poets and artists. He is a media artist and also works as an advertising writer in Riga, Latvia. A graduate of the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, he is the author of two books of poetry in Russian and has published in the journals Daugava, Vavilon, Orbita, and others.
Nissmah Roshdy is a young Egyptian filmmaker with an interest in experimental films, animation and motion graphics. Roshdy, who studied Applied Arts and majored in Media Design, enjoys scriptwriting and integrating literary aspects into her films.
Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008) was a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. He is the author of over 30 books of poetry and eight books of prose, and earned the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize from the Lannan Foundation, the Lenin Peace Prize, and the Knight of Arts and Belles Lettres Medal from France.