Nationality: Norway

The Letters by Sigurd Tenningen

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Another of Kristian Pedersen’s excellent animations for Gasspedal Animert. The sound effects are nearly are crucial as the images here. In some ways this is closer to a concrete poetry experiment than a kinetic type film.

Norangsdalen by Erlend O. Nødtvedt

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A wonderfully abstract animation by Kristian Pedersen of Gasspedal Animert, who say in their Vimeo description:

Norangsdalen is one of Norways most narrow and steep valleys. It is notorious for its frequent avalanches and landslides. In 1912, an enormous landslide dammed the valley river, causing it to flood and submerge a farm and a small forest. This is today known as the lake Lyngstøylsvatnet – a popular expedition spot for divers.

According to the Norwegian Wikipedia and Google Translate,

Erlend O. Nødtvedt (b. 1984) is a Norwegian poet from Fyllingsdalen and the winner of the Youth Poetry Prize in 2008. He now lives in the city of Bergen, where he studies at the University of Bergen. Nødtvedt previously attended the Skrivekunstakademiet (Writing Academy) and is on the editorial board of the journal Vagant.

Viva Zombatista by Simen Hagerup

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Norwegian writer Simen Hagerup‘s poem is brought to life by Kristian Pedersen of Gasspedal Animert. (You might have to expand it to full-screen to read the English subtitles.)

June (Juni) by Dag T. Straumsvåg

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Robert Hedin translated the poem from Norwegian, and Jay Orff made the video for Motionpoems. See Willow Springs Literary Magazine for the text in both languages and Straumsvåg’s discussion of its origins.

MotionPoems is currently holding a fundraiser to support its video artists.

MOTIONPOEMS was co-founded in 2008 by Todd Boss (poet) and Angella Kassube (artist, animator, artistic director, and producer). Our roles are primarily curatorial. Since 2008, we’ve paired poets with video teams to develop nearly two dozen one-minute films from poems by Robert Bly, Jane Hirshfield, Marvin Bell, Freya Manfred, David Mason, and others. Over 30 artists have been involved in just the past two years alone.


BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! We want to start paying a SMALL STIPEND to our technical and video artists. Many of them are putting more than 100 hours into these projects, outside of the 40-hour work week! We want to reward them for their passion, their creativity, and their willingness to take an artistic risk. Our video artists are our greatest asset, a key to our growing success. We’d like to show them that our community loves and supports their extensive investment in MOTIONPOEMS.

The Parentage of the Dix Pear by Ren Powell

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Poem and animation by Ren Powell

For a higher quality version, see AnimaPoetics.

Miss Dix Opens a School for the Indigent by Ren Powell

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Poem and animation by Ren Powell

For a higher-quality version of the video, see here.