Next Thursday 27th of April is the presentation of Versogramas’ crowdfunding campaign. It will take place at Linda Rama, a bookstore-cafeteria specialized into poetry, located at Puerta de Aires Street, number 4 (A Coruña)
We invite you to know all the details about the crowdfunding campaign of Versogramas, the first documentary on the international videopoetry scene, produced by Esferobite.
We will speak about the videopoets that will be interviewed in the documentary, we will explain all rewards, we will examine how Verkami works and we will tell you all details you might want to know about the project.
Besides, we will screen some videopoems. You can be the first to watch some of the videopoems that will be part of the documentary!
To present the project we will count with Esferobite directors and producers Juan Lesta and Belén Montero and producer Celia Parra
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Remember that, if you can’t assist but want to support the project anyway, there are two things you can do:
Contribute with your pledge, if you haven’t done it already, to get one of the original rewards we offer.
Share the link vkm.is/versogramas among your friends. The more we share the project, the easiest we will reach the goal.
After the first week of campaign we reached more than 30% of our objective, but we still need your collaboration to make Versogramas a reality.
Dictionary Illustrations is a funny and rhythmic videopoem by 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.
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”.
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?”
Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, professor of Classics, essayist and translator. In addition to her many highly-regarded translations of classical writers, Carson has published poems, essays, libretti, prose criticism and verse novels that often cross genres.
This piece we are exploring is an example of how videopoetry can be a vehicle for different manifestations, like a conference in this case. Moreover, Reticent Sonnet represents a very popular trend in videopoetry, which is video dance.
Reticent sonnet is an excerpt from “Possessive Used As Drink (Me): a lecture on pronouns in the form of 15 sonnets”, a 25 minute performance involving text, sound, and dance (on video) by three dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. A&D faculty Stephanie Rowden worked on the sound design and Sadie Wilcox (MFA ‘07) did the video.
Anne Carson herself explains this about the experience:” I had to compose a lecture on pronouns for a conference at Harvard and this was the result. I wrote a sonnet sequence, which Stephanie Rowden recorded and made interesting. Then three Merce Cunningham dancers improvised choreography in response to the sonnets. Sadie Wilcox videotaped everything they did and edited it to fit (or not) the sound score.”
The text puts an eye on the essence and implications of pronouns (“a kind of withdrawal from meaning”, she says) and on certain lexical resources that have become commonplace when writing sonnets. It ends with a beautiful definition of herself as a poet: “I became a kind of brush. I brush words against words”