Screening of animated videopoetry intertwined with LIVE readings by local and international poets: Rosalin Blue, Donna Coogan, Marie Coveney, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Mary O’Connell, Aengus ó Dálaigh, Colm Scully, and Shane Vaughan.
The Deja View Cineclub is delighted to announce our own little poetry event. For our two months of animation we have chosen the very best of animated poems from all over the world and to make the whole event alive and bring it directly in the cinema room we invited poets to read for us LIVE in between the animations. Some might make use of the cinema screen as well and show a work of their own making or choosing in the background.
I was inspired originally by the Cork Film Festival which featured an event with video poems. Unfortunately I was not able to make it then but the idea got stuck in my head and I was waiting for the right opportunity to include it in the Deja View program. When I decided on the animation program I knew I want the poetry included in it. Animated poetry films are my favourite sub genre of video poems and by then I had several saved in my “potential candidates” folder. We at the Deja View always like to support local artists and this event offered the opportunity to mix the poetry films with LIVE readings. And luckily I knew exactly the right poet to ask for help. Emily is one of the Eight but she also helped me organize the event or rather I helped her. Because it is only thanks to her we have this fantastic line up, the amazing Eight and she transformed a regular Wednesday film night into what is turning up to be my favourite event of the year so far.
The poets also embraced my other idea of connecting the films screening and live readings even further. They will be reciting in the cinema room in front of the screen so I thought we might as well use it. I suggested that they can use their own images (paintings, drawings) or even use some of the animations with a creative commons license from the internet. And again they took my idea and flew with it. They came back to me with various ideas, images and videos mostly of their own, which was not surprising to me since the visual arts and poetry were always very close.
Because like the master says:
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci