Text, voice, sound and visuals are all by Max Oravin, an Austrian poet, video artist and audiovisual performer currently living in Finland. Be sure to click on the CC icon below the video for the English subtitles.
For more of Oravin’s videos, browse the Visuals tag at his blog. I asked him about the provenance of the footage used here, and he wrote:
The video uses a mixture of original and found footage. While I shot some sea animals for the first half of the video in Berlin’s magnificent Aquarium, I use heavily edited YouTube videos in the second part.
As I create videos for my own poetry, I try to use visuals as a means to reveal hidden layers in the text. By avoiding a literal visualization, I can make explicit some associations I had while writing the poems.
A new filmpoem by poet Robert Peake with musician/composer Valerie Kampmeier. Peake blogged the text and a brief process note. To me, this is one of Peake and Kampmeier’s most satisfying videos to date, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that film and text took shape at the same time:
I found a film of reindeer in the archive.org 35mm Stock Footage collection and, after watching it several times, I began to develop a narrative about a man lost in the Arctic Circle. The poem came from there, followed by the video and effects editing and finally the music and sound effects.
A gem of a videopoem by poet and filmmaker Dave Richardson.
Note that, polished as it appears, this is still a first draft, according to Richardson. In a comment at Vimeo, he wrote:
Always happy to share works in progress. My “first draft” might just be someone’s “final draft.” I think this motion piece is in good shape now.
“A fireman puts out fires. An artist puts out artist statements.” So begins this entertaining poem by Annelyse Gelman, recited as any good ars poetica should be: in clown makeup, auditioning for the part of a poet who shares her name. The Vimeo description reads:
Poem and direction by Annelyse Gelman.
From the collection ‘Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone’ (Write Bloody, 2014).
Thanks to Rick “Tricky the Clown” Sahar for help with set and makeup.
The book is due out on April 4. Meanwhile, best of luck to Gelman in getting the part.
A fun, author-made animated poem by Annelyse Gelman, with additional animation by Auden Lincoln-Vogel and voiceover by Genevieve Scanlan. The poem is from the forthcoming collection Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone (Write Bloody, April 2014), and the YouTube version of this video has appeared in two online magazines: The Destroyer and Atticus Review, which is where I found it — go there for the complete text of the poem.
A philosophical filmpoem written, performed and edited by Matt Willis-Jones of Huma Nerror Productions, incorporating a still photo by Kristin von Hirsch and music by Andreas Paleologos and the street musicians of Essaouira, Morocco, where the film was shot in 2010.
A filmpoem/performance poem hybrid co-directed by Jade Anouka and Sabrina Grant, with music by Frances Lea. All three appear as actors in the film, joined by Anneka Harry and Cloudia Knight.