Really thrilled to be part of Tom Konyves' major and long-running videopoetry exhibition Poets with a Video Camera: Videopoetry 1980–2020 in Vancouver
(September 17th 2022– January 2nd 2023). This is truly a milestone event, and there will also be a very interesting symposium on the subject (in which I am very flattered to say I am the key speaker) on the 5th November, entitled: New Art Emerging: Two or Three Things One Should Know About Videopoetry. My video poem some everybodies is from 2009 and asks questions about place as embodied site, tourism, and passing by. It centres on a corner near a tourist hotspot in historic Bath, England (where incidentally a small accident occurs). Footage was gathered over a year, from a fixed camera, and both the sound and the images have been slowed down to emphasise movement. Conversations have become text-on-screen disconnected from the images and creating a communal poem of the site itself. Wherever a tourist has paused to take a picture, the film has been frozen for a few seconds, and the screen has a graphic coloration to emulate old postcards (which have also been made from
selected stills, to accompany the film).
I have to add the promotional image is by Janet Lees (as mentioned in previous post) and actually to me one of her most poignant films – something about the pathos of the birds yet their polite fragility, and the conjuring up of a delicate humour and otherworldliness. There are I think 25 of us in the exhibition. More updates on this coming up in the next month or so but check out SAG if you need more details in the meantime. A not-to-be-missed event.