Category Archives: Videopoem of the week

An early trial – Víctor M Mozo & DSK

Today the videopoem of the week is special. After its journey through festivals, today we are happy to present the online premiere of “An early trial”, a documentary-videopoem directed by DSK(Belén Montero and Juan Lesta) about the poet Víctor M Mozo.

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“An early trial” was screened at Mostra de Cinema Periférico S8 (A Coruña, 2015) and was finalist for best experimental film at CREA awards (Proffesional Association of Directors from Galicia, Santiago de Compostela 2016). It had its international premiere at ACRE TV (Illinois, Chicago 2016), a TV channel exclusively devoted to video art, created thanks to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

A man, a place, one decision, the story. One poet and his poetry. A Víctor M Mozo autobiography’s reflection coded as a videopoetry, through the four seasons. The film shows flora and fauna of lands linked with his family and his past.” 

So starts the introduction to this early trial shot by Juan Lesta and Belén Montero. The sensitivity of both directors, along with the music of David Rivas Domínguez, plunge us in a dance of sensations, where reflections about time, image, writing, memory, dreams, landscape and childhood flow in sync with the poems of Víctor M Mozo. The poet appears on stage embodying the effect that his own words cause into him, reciting and pondering over his texts. The carefully designed aesthetics of images and the inspiring soundtrack give the poem a delicate and sensorial atmosphere.

This isn’t Belén Montero and Juan Lesta’s first incursion into videopoetry. Together they have created videopoems for other poets, commissions for museums and collaborative projects. Their last works on videopoetry can be seen here. They are currently in charge of Versogramas, what will be the world’s first documentary on the international videopoetry scene.

direction: DSK (Belén Montero & Juan Lesta)
original script / poetry: Víctor M Mozo // adaptation and production: Belén Montero // image: Juan Lesta // postproduction, animation: Juan Lesta // original music: David Rivas Domínguez // sound postproduction: Son do Tagalem // a production by: Víctor M Mozo / Esferobite © 2015 // //

Dictionary Illustrations – Marie Craven

Dictionary Illustrations is a funny and rhythmic videopoem by Marie Craven.

Dictionary Illustrations Marie Craven

A rare example among the usual videopoems made in video, this animation of encyclopaedia illustrations embodies the aesthetics of gifs. This mix of an antique content with contemporary form is really interesting: a rhythmic and quick editing, a simple naïve music based on loops, typography cut off and displayed over a moving background,a hypnotic use of the usual statism that defines pictures whose only task is to inform.

Dictionary Illustrations can be defined as a result from the now extinct project The Poetry Storehouse, an American online database of poems and audio recitings that encouraged remix and free usage with the aim of creating videopoems.

Sara Sloath’s poem is a tribute to curiosity: why dictionaries don’t have a picture for verbs, why lines are like that, why is so difficult to describe the shape of leaves… The voice of the kid who recites transmits an innocence that, along with the meticulous character of music, highlights the whole videopoem.

Dictionary Illustrations won this last edition of O’Bheal International Poetry-Film Competition.

What is love – Eduardo Yagüe

Eduardo Yagüe investigates the essence of relationships in his videopoem “What is love?”

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“What is love?” is a poem by Lucy English, translated and recited by Eduardo Yagüe. He also directs the videopoem. As the main character we find Steffan Carlson.

What is love, asks the poem. Definitions of the feeling narrate the progression of a relationship: the beginnings, discovery, home, family, time, old age, memory. They are no common definitions but poetic reconstructions of an unbreakable bond.

The contrast between the poem and the video is absolutely devastating, thus effective. A paralell history emerges in our minds: one of the protagonists of the poem, now an old man, alone in a big empty house, tries to spend time while remembering, in absolute solitude and sadness, when “they never felt alone”.

Eduardo Yagüe studied Dramatic Arts and Spanish Language and Literature. In Madrid he worked as an actor in theater and film. Parallel he has been writing  poetry and stories since he was young. Actors usually play the main role in their videopoems, made with the base of touching and intense poems. His works and collaborations have been screened at videoart and videopoetry festivals in Spain, Holland, Belgium, USA, Germany, Australia, Canada, Greece and Portugal.

Anomia – Mónica Ezquerra

Mónica Ezquerra is a Spanish artist who works with photography, collage and video art. All of their creations have a deep poetic essence, sometimes underlying, sometimes clear. This is “Anomia”.

anomia mónica ezquerra

After dissecting arthropods in collage series “Menagerie”, in “Anomia” Mónica performs a conceptual dissection of the components of a poem. This video is based on the original recording of Ulises Carrión’s “Poema” (1977), a litany of the semantic categories that build the skeleton of a poem empty of any meaning but exposed in its structure. Title. Text. Stanza. Verse. Word. In terms of imagery, a stream of signals constantly in motion, repetitions, duplications, a visual essay that recalls the sediment layers. In fact, as she herself describes:

“Sediments, clottings, projections that language exercises in me.

Their flows, fluids, intensitiy streams. Dismantling.

After the indecisive labile of language word speech, who is left?”