See the Voice: Visible Verse 2008

Visible verse logoPacific Cinémathèque and curator Heather Haley are seeking videopoem
submissions from around the world for the annual Visible Verse
screening and performance poetry celebration. Visible Verse is North
America’s sustaining venue for the presentation of new and artistically
significant videopoetry.

Official guidelines:

Visible Verse seeks videopoems, with a 15 minutes maximum duration.
* Either official language of Canada is acceptable, though if the video
is in French, an English-dubbed or-subtitled version is required for
consideration. Videos may originate in any part of the world, however.
* Pieces will be judged on true literary merit. The ideal videopoem is
a wedding of word and image, the voice seen as well as heard.
* Please, do not send documentaries, as they are outside the featured genre.
* Videopoem producers should provide a brief bio, full name, and
contact information in a cover letter. There is no official application
form nor entry fee.
* Submission deadline is 1 September, 2008.

The ideal videopoem is a wedding of word and image, the voice seen as well as heard.
*Please, do not send documentaries, as they are outside the featured genre.
*Videopoem producers should provide a brief bio, full name, and contact information in a cover letter. There is no official application form nor entry
fee.

Submission deadline is 1 September, 2008. Send, at your own risk, videopo=
ems and poetry films/preview copies (which cannot be returned) in DVD format to: VISIBLE VERSE c/o Pacific CinE9mathE8que, 200–1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2L7, Canada. Selected artists will be notified by 1 October, 2008 and receive a screening fee. The Visible Verse 2008 will be held on November 6, 2008, with a screening and performance poetry celebration in Vancouver. For more information contact Heather Haley

Vancouver’s Pacific CinEmathEque Pacifique is a not-for-profit society dedicated to the understanding of film and moving images.

The Be Blank Consort

In the "Cross Media" issue of Unlikely 2.0, you can find five compositions by the Be Blank Consort.  The Consort is a collaborative group of experimental writers dedicated to the creation and performance of sound-texts.   You can see their compositions and Beblankconsort0107e
 listen to them performed as well.

Here’s some of their self-description:   ‘The Consort was formed to perform various kinds of
texts, many of them created collaboratively, in ways that would reveal
new resonances and possibilities in them. Some of the pieces are poems
that were written by one of them and scored for multiple voices by
another. A few are entirely written and scored by one person. Many more
were written in collaboration between one or more of the performers and
others. The goal is to highlight language as music and sound, in
addition to its function as a carrier of meaning, and to this end, they
have devised various strategies of simultaneity, breaking up of lines,

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stretching out of words, choral arrangements, and many others. All of
them are also visual poets, and many of the pieces designed for
performance are also visual poems.    ‘

Visual artists and poets of the Be Blank Consort include: Harriet Bart,
John M. Bennett, Michael Basinski, Kathy S. Ernst, Philip Gallo, Scott
Helmes, Carlos M. Luis, Michael Peters and Wendy Collin Sorin.

OTOLITHS

OTOLITHS specializes in VisPo, visual poetry by a wide range of poem-makers.  The publication’s  tagline, a magazine of many e-things, gives editor Mark Young an extra ounce of latitude and so some of the work published is the conventional poem,  made of words alone, without shape or image.  Here is a diptych  by Nico Vassalikas.

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