A girl walks through the market. She holds up a vial of frankincense to the merchant who is tracing soft circles in the sand with his tattooed fingers. She asks: “How much is this poem?”
Not synesthesia but finding metaphor, rhyme, repetition and history in object, gesture, tone, voice and place. An ecology of moments? What Wim Wenders calls “Picture poems”? Wanting to show how words grow in time and place; in context.
7% of communication depends on spoken words
55% of communication is body language
38% of communication involves the tone of voice
Film-poetry is evolving; very much a form 'under construction'.
“Even the name of the genre is disputed. Poetry films appear under different guises as ‘poetryfilms’, ‘filmpoems, ‘video poems’, ‘multimedia poetry’, ‘e-poetry’ and ‘screen poetry’.“
Lucy English, co-founder with Sarah Tremlett of the Liberated Words Film Poetry Festival. http://www.thewritingplatform.com/2013/09/a-brief-introduction-to-film-poetry/
In 2011 Tom Konyves, Canadian videopoetry pioneer, described the form as: “a genre of poetry displayed on a screen, distinguished by its time-based, poetic juxtaposition of text with images and sound.”
Lucy goes on to say: “Film poems are tiny, exquisite and mesmerising.”
Perhaps closer to script than poem; perhaps more experimental film than writing…
small journeys skyward (film-poem)
Bath Fringe Festival: Liberated Words - Utopia/Dystopia Showcase (June 2nd 2016) Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Soulbird (film poem) https://vimeo.com/105272081
Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, (October, 2015). Worcester, Massachusetts
The Bristol Poetry Festival: Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival III (September 2014): International Screenings and Panel. Arnolfini, Bristol.
flowerkisser (film poem). http://vimeo.com/73638212
Pro.l.e, Barcelona – Sinestesis – Club Cronopios (July 2015)
IV International Poetry Film Contest’s selection for Cyclop-2014: Kiev, Ukraine. (November 2014)
Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, (October, 2014). Worcester, Massachusetts
Encounters Short Film Festival (September 2014) Poetry Film and Form. Watershed, Bristol.
The Bristol Poetry Festival: Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival II (October 2013): International Screenings and Panel.
deep pink (film poem) http://vimeo.com/104743434
7th ZEBRA Poetry Festival. (16th-19th Oct 2014). Berlin.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms: Unnatural Histories: Lies, Lore and Longing – A Miscellany of Wildlife Photographs and Folklore (images and text).
Praxis – approaches to embodied or experiential learning; intuition and improvisation.
Representation of human relationships with non-human worlds; with nature, wildlife, landscape and green places.
Memory and identity.
Ecopoetics and film-poetry.
Wellbeing and healing.
“Art offers life; it offers hope; it offers the prospect of discovery.... The arts offer opportunity for perspective, for perceiving alternative ways of transcending and of being in the world”
(Greene, 1995, p. 133). Key ideas: interrelatedness, interconnectedness and interaction.
To borrow a term from Suzi Gablik, central is the search for “connective aesthetics”; understanding the complex interactions between the individual and communal human realm and non-human realms.
Gablik, S. (1995). Connective aesthetics: Art after individualism. In S. Lacy (Ed.), Mapping the terrain: New genre public art (pp. 74–87). Seattle, WA: Bay Press.
Greene, M. (1995). Releasing the imagination: Essays on education, the arts, and social change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Scarlet ibis and murmurations...