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Historical Performance Practices of Visual Poetry

This lecture/workshop will be in English.

Historical Performance Practices of Visual Poetry. Theory and Reproductions of Avant-Garde and Neo-Avant-Garde Visual Poetry. This ARIA research seminar is organized by drs. Philip Meersman.

Within this Research Seminar historical performance strategies and documented historical performances of visual poetry will be discussed with a focus on the first avant-garde wave: the Russian Cuco futurists (with focus on Kamenski’s Tango With Cows and Gnedov’s Last Poem), Dada (Hugo Ball), and Paul Van Ostayen (Bezette Stad)
A link with the theoretical essays by René Magritte on the relation between the image as text and text as image will also be discussed and related to the performance as image of the text or as oral representation of a visuo-textual poetry-artwork.
One of the key questions is the performative reproduction of historical visual poetry.
Additionally attention will be given to the performance tools/strategies for (historical) visual poetry and the use of white space, positioning of visual and textual elements on the page, the relationship between text and image and how to perform these, the formatting in font type, style, size, color... and translation-specific elements which could influence the performance as such.

Next to a theoretical part also performances of historical avant-garde en neo-avant-garde visual poetry will take place in combination with contemporary work by the invitees.

Performances and talks by Sergej Birjukov, Eduard Escoffet, Heike Fiedler.


9:45 - 10:00 doors open 
10:00 - 10:30 introduction            
10:30 - 11:00 Sergej Birjukov: The Visual and the Acoustic in Russian Avant-Garde Poetry
11:00 - 11:15 Q&A 
11:15 - 11:45 Heike Fiedler: The evolution of poetry from the page to the open space and the evolution of intermedial aspects in poetry 
11:45 - 12:00 Q&A
12:00 - 12:15 break
12:15 -  12:45 Eduard Escoffet: From Concrete to Sound Poetry: The Idea of the International Network
12:45 - 13:00  Q&A 
13:00 - 13:45  Lunch
13:45 - 14:00 Introduction 
14:00 - 14:30 performance Sergej Birjukov
14:30 - 15:00 performance Heike Fiedler.
15:00 - 15:30 performance Eduard Escoffet
15:30 - 16:00 conclusions


Beeld: Kamenski’s Tango With Cows