Come and join me to discuss what is art, how A New Dictionary of Art came about, and hear about what the visitors to South Hill Park have made of the question 'What is art? - Monday 18th June at 6pm, FREE to attend.
Today I've been sorting through some of the responses to the 'What is art?' installation piece currently at South Hill Park. We've had almost 1,000 interactions with the display with a couple of weeks to go. This image is of one of my current favourites:
"I think art is .... something to let your yellings out and have a fun time"
That definitely works for me.
The Weimar Poetry Film Award happened on 2nd June, in association with the Backup Festival and the Bauhaus University in Weimar in Germany. My film 'Blue Flash Flash' was shortlisted and was one of 15 films shown at the evening screening. I am delighted to say that it was awarded a Jury Special Mention.
Here are the Jury's comments:
Blue bubbles are filling the screen and our mind. What are we seeing? In Blue Flash Flash director Jane Glennie interprets in an innovative and highly aesthetic way the ´One Breath Poem´ of writer Julia Bird. We are taken to a crucial moment in a child´s life – learning a new word – ´octopus´. Out of the thicket of sounds evolves the new word, travelling over the synapses, manifesting itself for ever in the brain. The magic moment of enlightenment!
The film reflects on this very complex process with a exact montage and the hybrid use of media. We are witnessing an important step of identity building by acquisition of language in a playful way."
The curators will be showing a selection of the short-listed films at the Singapore Poetry Festival in July.
Sadly I wasn't able to make the trip down to Cornwall for the Newlyn Film Festival. I would have loved to have been able to hear Lucy English talk about her Book of Hours project as well as see some of the other films and talks. However, I am proud to say that Blue Flash Flash was screened in the Poetry Film category, and also the exciting news that I am about to become one of the filmmakers for the Book of Hours project which is nearing its completion date in October.
Really great day spent with Louise Anderson creating an installation at the Stanley Picker Gallery for International Women's Day (Wednesday 7th March).
Excited to announce that my new filmpoem 'Blue Flash Flash', featuring the poetry of Julia Bird will be projected onto the Argos Building, Kingland Crescent, Poole during Light Up Poole over half-term. 'Blue Flash Flash' came fourth in the Poole Film Poetry competition. If you'd like a preview of the film, you can see it on Vimeo
Many thanks to Julia for allowing me to work with her poem, and to Robert Glennie who kindly recorded the voiceover for it.
Previous films have reused and collaged other texts (447: Intellect N and Channel Swimmer), while my last film used the poetry of Julia Bird (Blue Flash Flash). In my current work, I wrote a short text myself for the first time. The result is 'Being and being empty'.
How to be a mother … who is this being that I am? Wanting to be half-full with the joy of play, a job well done, and the softness of a bed to sink into at the end. Feeling half-empty with a busy brain that won’t shut down and twitches into awakening too early. Feeling overwhelmed by the chores and feeling rubbish as a result because surely that’s really not important. Tossing and turning and struggling to make a zingy start to each new day.
See 'Being and being empty' film on Vimeo
Soon after posting the film up on Vimeo I was very pleased to have it reviewed by Dave Bonta on his blog Moving Poems