Henry Art Gallery 2020 – Sight Lines: Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Online]
Sliding scale admission: $0–25
Please pay what you can; proceeds support our move to a virtual platform!
Each showcase will be available to view for 24 hrs from the listed showtime (PDT).
Cadence is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.
• • HOW TO WATCH • •
- Purchase a ticket through Brown Paper Tickets in advance of the listed showtime (PDT). Registration ends 1 hour before the start time.
- 30 minutes before each screening, NWFF will send a link and password to your registered e-mail address! (Don’t see it? Check your spam filter.) The password will expire at the end of the 24 hr screening window. No late seating!
- If by showtime you do not receive an e-mail with details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quick follow-up. (But please, check your spam!)
If you’d like to support these artists directly, check for their PayPal or Venmo in the program below!
Direct and unobstructed, the video poetry in this screening opens lines of sight into narratives, communities, and hidden histories through overlooked voices and untold stories. Video poetry provides a space outside of academia and canon where diverse poetic disciplines engage in unpacking individual histories excluded due to race, ethnicity, or class; explorations of coded language for protection, secrecy, or both; the illumination of invisible or covert systems of labor, exploitation, and capitalist control; and translation through surreal, oblique, or fantastical frameworks.
The Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum co-present the In Plain Sight Film Series [Online] on the occasion of the Henry’s exhibition, In Plain Sight. This series invites engagement with hidden histories and contexts unearthed with the aid of moving image media. Programs explore the myriad shades of nuance in disciplinary synthesis and delight in the discovery of new relationships between poetry, artifactology, and cinema.
Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, throughout National Poetry Month. Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry, approaching it as a literary genre presented as visual media.
Image Credit: Black Paint by Hanan Hassan
Short Film Program:
T.I.A. (THIS is Africa)
(Matthieu Maunier-Rossi & Ronan Cheneau, France, 2015, 7 min)
Aïpeur Foundou is a congolese dancer and choreographer. Amidst some popular areas of Brazzaville, he shows us one possible way to freedom.
Polite Safety Notice
(Aindri C & Mark Fiddes, UK, 2020, 3 min)
This animation poem is about our attitude towards climate change–should we let nature take it’s course or should we intervene? A large part of the animation is made from monoprints of non-biodegradable rubbish–bubble wrap, straws, polythene bags etc. These materials are also reflected in the soundscape.
Show & Tell
(Omar Farah, Canada, 2019, 4 min)
Show & Tell is an exploration of the mental health struggles of black men, particularly of the African Diaspora. In a community which often makes light of mental health, and since early childhood is taught as being a “first world problem.” The film aims to address some of the positive and negative coping mechanisms which exist in order to live with problems which only the self are aware of.
Ocean of Interiors
(Alexis McCrimmon, US, 2020, 5 min)
Structured as an emotional travelogue, a young woman charts through her memories of interiors.
(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.
The 3 Me's
(Simon Daniels & Felicia Olusanya, Ireland, 2 min)
The 3 Me’s is about the discovery of selves, the stumbling upon, the interaction of the selves and thus their acceptance and assigned roles. It is about knowing I am not just the physical phenomenon visible; I am a galaxy of a being.
(Shai Alexandroni, Israel, 2019, 9 min)
A poetry film portraying the youth of the famous Israeli poetess Hava Pinhas-Cohen.
Emmett (til de remix)
(Masahiro Sugano & Avery R. Young, Tacoma, WA, 2019, 6 min)
This spoken word film, a collaboration between filmmaker Masahiro Sugano and poet Avery R. Young pays homage to the Civil Rights Movement in honor of Emmett Till. Filmmaker Sugano skillfully captures Young’s powerful poetry in all its gut-wrenching glory and soul-soothing rawness. Young brings an entire church with him every time he delivers a poem. It’s a Baptist minister style of performance that links the Black Church’s long-standing ties with social movement. Poets like Avery R. Young have a way of wielding song and stories to help us heal and maybe even lead us to redemption and liberation. This film honors poetry, life and movement building. This is for the poet as much as the people who have come before and who will continue to come after—who speak truth to power and who will always fight on the side of justice, equality and freedom.
63 ACRES: Dear Danny Lyon
(Stephanie Gray, US, 2017, 10 min)
A film-poem to the disappeared “63 acres” that were once in downtown Manhattan (and as remarked upon by photographer Danny Lyon who was the only one to capture images when this happened in the late ’60s). The filmmaker goes back to the corners and areas where full streets were obliterated in the name of eminent domain. No public outcry occurred and the historic buildings and in many cases, whole streets, disappeared from Manhattan’s map.
(Ariel Casimiro & Jaliya The Bird, Angola, 2019, 4 min)
A spoken word video by Angolan poet Jaliya The Bird performing the piece called Idle Worship.
(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.
Venmo: @Ananyagarg / @Victoria-Naylor
(Kamari Bright, Seattle, WA, 2018, 3 min)
An animated video poem dissecting the detriments of respectability politics.
(Hanan Hassan, Seattle, 2019, 1 min)
Black Paint is a visual representation of emotional suppression and its implications. Written, directed and performed by Hanan Hassan. Filmed and edited by Kamyar Mohsenin.
Black Girl Poem
(Daryl Paris Bright & Anatola Pabst, US, 2019, 2 min)
In Black Girl Poem, black women take a surrealist approach in confronting the power dynamic of sexual harassment and catcalling within the African American community. The three women towering above the city act as a chorus, symbolizing a heightened representation of resistance and triumph over sexual objectification. While, the dancer journeys through a city much larger than her, struggling to find her ground with the men that she loves yet feels oppressed by at the same time. Through poetry, dance, and animation, these black girls explore self empowerment, community accountability, and choosing love above all.
(Linnéa Haviland, UK, 2019, 2 min)
Voices in a crowd stir violent emotions, microaggressions bring up past traumas. Then a turning shifts the emotional landscape…
2 Black Boys
(Rachel S Myers & Giovanni Adams, US, 2019, 5 min)
Giovanni Adams’ poetry on his black queer journey from boyhood to manhood, isolation to intimacy, roots the narrative of this film that combines spoken word, dance and song.
This program is co-presented with Henry Art Gallery as part of the In Plain Sight Film Series
The Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum co-present the In Plain Sight Film Series [Online] on the occasion of In Plain Sight, a museum-wide group exhibition that highlights narratives, communities, and histories typically hidden in our public space imagining new possibilities for the future.
Coinciding with the Henry’s exhibition, the Forum’s film series invites engagement with hidden histories and contexts unearthed with the aid of moving image media. Programs explore the myriad shades of nuance in disciplinary synthesis and delight in the discovery of new relationships between poetry, artifactology, and cinema.
Presented in partnership with ByDesign Festival, Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, and the UW Bothell Black Cinema Collective. Learn more about Henry membership and NWFF membership and support the arts during this challenging time!
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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.