Digital Graffiti 2020 at Alys Beach, Florida was postponed from May until 2-3 October. On the original dates, curator Brett Phares put together a 'Digital Graffiti from home' experience. A selection of highlights from past years of Digital Graffiti festivals were combined in a showreel film and Brett invited people to download and enjoy it - if at all possible by projection - in whatever environment you found yourself.
I was delighted to find my film 447 Intellect - N was to be included.
We had great fun playing with the images in the garden, projecting on trees, the children, the fence and the church opposite. It seems my aged projector is rather on the green side. But despite this - DGatHome has made me think about being more creative and experimental with what I could do with projecting and rephotographing images. This was a process that I explored a little in my 2019 piece for Visible Poetry Project - letter to anyone who is listening, where I projected images on myself and rephotographed them.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, 2014 Digital Graffiti artist Zlatko Cosic captured some really gorgeous images from his home in St Louis. Zlatko has kindly given me permission to share his images - I wanted to show how beautiful the work looks when it is not all green!
Above: Video montage captured by Zlatko Cosic from projection of Digital Graffiti at Home reel
Zlatko will be showing a new piece - Dirty Look - at the rescheduled Digital Graffiti festival in October. I would love to be able to see this projected at Alys Beach. I wonder which location has been chosen?
Celebrating films of 5 minutes and under - MicroMania Film Fest has much to be explored - see all the selections at https://vimeo.com/showcase/micromaniafilmfest
Operating out of Buffalo, NY - the festival is releasing works online and across social media because of the Covid-19 crisis.
Included in the selections is 'Moss'
Covid-19 restrictions caused some filmmakers to be unable to complete their films for the April 2020 edition of Visible Poetry Project. Founder of the Project Michelle Cheripka invited to make a 'Behind the scenes' film from my previous work for VPP. I decided to look back to my first film with Brittani Sonnenberg - Coyote Wedding.
It was lovely to look back over Brittani's images and poetry - and as well as explaining something of the process of making Coyote Wedding, I decided I would also make a rough and ready 'lockdown' film of Night Walk MTV. This was the first piece of Brittani's that I read, and it made me fall in love with her work. In 2018 it was hard to choose which poem to work with so it has been a delight to revisit Night Walk MTV.
And here is the original film.
Very pleased to say that my film 'Moss' (poet Natalie Whittaker) has been selected to be screened as part of the 'Breaking the Line' programme on Friday 17th April. The festival is online from Wednesday to Sunday with a different programme screening each day, available for 24 hours.
Visiting The Word in South Shields to see the installation of the Poetry + Video programme.
It all looked very professional and beautiful, the exhibition is in their ground floor exhibition 'pod'.
The outside wall has an introduction to the programme, while inside vinyl lettering lists all the titles, filmmakers and writers.
People drop-in to the space to take in the films. I chatted to the events manager - she says that typical visitors will stop and watch 2 or 3 films at a time.
All in all an excellent model for an alternative to a screening event for showing poetry film. I think this is a lovely way to dip in and out of poetry film, or perhaps discover it for the first time.
Happening this weekend - https://www.publicpoetry.net/reelpoetry/
From the website: REELpoetry/Houston TX international poetry film festival, JAN. 24-26, 2020. Screening cinepoetry, mini-documentaries, videopoems, from local, national and international poets and filmmakers, panels, workshops & more. Featured guests include Dave Bonta, founder of Moving Poems, filmmaker Mary McDonald (Canada) presenting “In Augmented Reality,” and poetry filmmaker, Sarah Tremlett (England), curator of “Uprooted.”
The programme page is here
Very pleased to say 'letter - to anyone who is listening' is being screened as a Judges selection.
The above image is from one of my favourite pieces in the programme - Our Bodies (A Sinner's Prayer) by Matt Mullins - you can read more about it here
Experimenting with silent film for the first time ... I have created a piece for the Window Project, in Silver Street, Cambridge - 'Relationship Scaffolded'.
21 artists will be showing work in a continuous loop.
'Moss' has been kindly selected by Lucy English to be part of the 'Focus UK: State of the Art' programme during the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin on Saturday 7th Dec.
Wishing all who will be there in Berlin an amazing time!
'Moss' - written by Natalie Whittaker - published in Shadow Dogs by Natalie Whittaker (2019)