Poetry In Motion

“Visual poetry”: An interesting concept, or two words never meant to be placed together? Decide for yourself at the “Moving Images” Poetry and Film Symposium, hosted by the University of Colorado and Naropa University. Billed as the first of its kind, the event will bring together these two “distant realities” and offer discourse on where the mediums intersect and diverge, says event co-organizer and Professor of Art History, Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, Tom Gunning.

While poetry focuses on the use of words and moments, cinema is usually a form of images and storytelling. However, there is some common ground. Since the silent-film era, directors have been creating work that focuses more on images, atmosphere and moments than, say, linear storytelling. And since the beginning of poetry, the form used words to create what is more commonly associated with cinema — things like images, action and plot. Poets and filmmakers have also collaborated, especially in avant-garde cinema. “The excitement of film for poets is how different it is from poetry,” Gunning says, and vice versa. “It’s the distance between the two that makes it so exciting.”

The symposium is free and open to the public. Panel discussions, lectures and other events will be held at the Naropa University and University of Colorado campuses today and tomorrow. For information, including a complete schedule of events, go to www.naropa.edu/swp/swp2011_events.cfm.
June 24-26, 2011


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