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INTERNATIONAL BYTE GALLERY EXHIBITION OF DIGITAL POETRY 2015-2016
DIGITAL POETRY is defined as poetry creatively expressed through digital manipulations of visual and/or audio renderings of text in audio, fixed image, animation/video without sound, or animation/video with sound. The goal is to explore new media literature that comes to life in digital realms beyond the simple written word and spoken recitations. Electro-acoustic text/sound music and recorded sound poetry are also forms of digital poetry.
DIGITAL POETRY AUDIO SELECTIONS:
26 (D-Poetry) by Nikki Smith, USA
This piece is a sound text work based on the idea that at any given time our lives can be described by the various arrangements of 26 letters. Our language, the means in which we express ourselves, the books we read, can all be broken down to the same 26 letters. The main focus of this piece are lyrics stating this idea and then the supporting voices are the rearrangement and distortion of the 26 letters. The goal is to draw attention to the power of these 26 letters and then make the familiar different and new by distorting it.
Nikki Smith, born in 1994, is originally from Frankfort, Kentucky. Currently, she is a senior at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. She is majoring in Music Technology and plans on graduating in May 2016. She has composed a variety of electronic pieces as well as acoustic works for select instruments. She also plays flute in the Transylvania Concert band. After graduation she hopes to pursue career opportunities in this field and continue working on her own compositions.
Bird in a Bell Jar (D-Poetry) by Carrie Green, USA
"Bird in a Bell Jar" is a poem by Carrie Green. Guitarist Scott Whiddon and multiinstrumentalist J Tom Hnatow developed music to accompany this poem in Summer 2014 as part of a larger project dealing with spoken words and found sounds.
Carrie Green's poems have appeared in Blackbird, Cave Wall, Arts & Letters, DIAGRAM, Crab Orchard Review, and Louisville Review. The Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded her a grant for her chapbook, It’s Not My Birthday, That’s Not My Cake. J. Tom Hnatow serves as a producer at Shangri-la Productions and has played on over 50 recordings with bands such as Vandaveer, The Mynabirds, and Joe Pug. His work with the band These United States was featured in the New York Times. Scott Whiddon is a writer, teacher, and musician. He is an Associate Professor and Writing Center director at Transylvania University.
Dadá soirée (D-Poetry) by Juan Angel Italiano, Uruguay
Dada soirée, proposed through simultaneous readings and sound improvisations, recreate the evening of Cabaret Voltaire. Texts of the authors, fragments of ""Ursonate"" Schwitters (1932), "Please do not shake hands" of Alfredo Mario Ferreiro (1930), "Structures" by Ernesto Cristiani (1960) in addition to phonetic-vocal and sound improvisation, which transiting the structures of free-jazz. Audio CD "On lap of the voice" (2014)
Juan Angel Italiano was born in Montevideo City, Uruguay. Their work builds on the research of the various expressive possibilities of poetic language (verbal, visual, sonic, phonetical, performative, objetual, audiovisual, digital, etc.) On this subject he has published numerous works in digital and print media (books, folders, CDs, interactive CD ROM and DVD's). His works integrate different print and digital media in foreign anthologies. He is founder of the publishing alternative "edicionesDELcementerio". He has organized meetings and exhibitions, written articles and participated in national and foreign linked to experimental poetry, photography, performance, video art, electronic poetry and mail art events.
Instructions (D-Poetry) by Click Nilson, Sweden
This relaxing exercise should reveal the full (anti?)-algorithmic splendour of the listener's mind as they non-deterministically parse the messages concealed within.
Click Nilson is a Swedish avant garde codisician and code-jockey. He has explored the live coding of human performers since such early self-modifiying algorithmic text pieces as 'An Instructional Game for One to Many Musicians' (1975). He is now actively involved with Treating Online Potential Like Artistic Programming (TOPLAP, www.toplap.org), after being in the right bar (in Hamburg) at the right time (2am, 15th February 2004).
Language is (slithering) in no particular order (D-Poetry) by Brian Belet and Stephen Ruppenthal, USA
Language is (slithering) in no particular order is part of the composers’ Disconcerting Speech series: pre-conceived texts for two vocal performers (reel time) – each text composed separately and combined only during performance; and then performed with provisions for dialog interaction and improvisation (real time). All processing is done using Kyma, with both performers guiding and shaping the computer processing in performance real time via interactive controllers. Language is … originates with the lineage of text-sound composition, and incorporates present-day real-time computer processing to emphasize the live performance context of the genre.
Brian Belet and Stephen Ruppenthal have collaborated on several compositions in the past decade. They cofounded the ensemble SoundProof with Patricia Strange in 2009, and have toured nationally. Separately and together, all three have performed at numerous ICMC, SEAMUS, EMM, SCI, and other festivals of contemporary electro-acoustic music. Belet’s music is published on several CD compilations, and his music and theoretical articles are widely published. See: www.BeletMusic.com. Ruppenthal is Principal Trumpet and Contemporary Music Advisor for the Redwood Symphony Orchestra (California), and he was a founding member of the Electric Weasel Ensemble.
Mahtavaa (D-Poetry) by James Andean, Finland
Mahtavaa is built from a single phrase of Finnish text: "Mahtavaa – nyt se pulputtaa tuossa" ("Wonderful, now it's burbling there"). This short text is repeated, in the process becoming its own rhythm and melody; it is then increasingly layered with itself, creating evolving rhythms and timbral artefacts. This is then filtered through the individual formants of the reader's voice, with the strongest formant areas reinforced, while the rest of the spectrum begins to drop away. The text has thus been made literal: the words "nyt se pulputtaa tuossa" – "now it's burbling there" – have been made to pulse and burble.
James Andean is a musician and sound artist. He is active as both a performer and a composer, including electroacoustic composition and performance, improvisation, sound installation, and sound recording. He is a founding member of improvisation and new music quartet Rank Ensemble and interdisciplinary improvisation ensemble The Tuesday Group, and one half of audiovisual performance art duo Plucié/DesAndes. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, and his works have been performed around the world. He is completing a doctorate in acousmatic composition at the Centre for Music & Technology of the Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki, Finland.
Thanksgiving (D-Poetry) by Christopher Bailey and Molly Connolly, USA
It’s a work for samples, recorded voice, and electronic sounds. The text is self-explanatory in its dark ambiguity.
Christopher Bailey turned to music composition in his late 'teens, and to electroacoustic composition during his studies at the Eastman School of Music, and later at Columbia University. He is currently based in Boston, but frequently participates in musical events in New York City. He is currently working on a concerto for pianist Shiau-Uen Ding, with string orchestra, to be premiered at a portrait concert of his music in Magdeburg, Germany, autumn 2014. His music explores a variety of musical threads, including microtonality, acousmatic and concrete sounds, serialist junk sculpture, music in flat forms and its consequences, and constrained improvisation.
The Garbanzo Poem (D-Poetry) by Maxine Heller and David Mooney, USA
In his novel A Comedy of Gestures, Felipe Alfau has children taunting one character with, "He eats garbanzos like a cat." Contemplating the effect of our cats' ingesting said legumes inspired Maxine Heller to write "The Garbanzo Poem," which she reads for this twisted rendition.
David Mooney: Born at the crest of the Baby Boomer wave, Mooney continues to surf through life with open eyes and ears. This sensory input has emerged in various visual and aural forms that have been shown or heard in venues on most of Earth's populated continents. Details: opaquemelodies.com Maxine Heller: Born in Pittsburgh in 1946, she has been a fiber artist for over 40 years. Long married to electroacoustic composer David Mooney, she has performed the vocals for a number of his text pieces and, in several cases, written the texts themselves.
DIGITAL POETRY VIDEO/AUDIO SELECTIONS:
Girl Model J (D-Poetry) by Randall Horton, USA
What makes the work remarkable is the model wears a light shadow of white, as if in whiteface, hinting at the concept Dubois coined—double consciousness, chained to a way of seeing—a twoness that haunts the beholder. The models in Bowland’s work are often depicted with cotton braided through their hair. At first glance, there is a beauty in what the artist captures; however, the cultural pain and trauma, coupled with the sadness of this little girl never being able to live up to the image we as Americans have placed upon her, becomes an anvil around her heart.
Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award and most recently a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Randall is a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a member of The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. Randall is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven. An excerpt from his memoir titled Roxbury is published by Kattywompus Press. Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press in the publisher of his latest poetry collection Pitch Dark Anarchy.
Leçon 1 (D-Poetry) by Osvaldo Cibils, Italy
Leçon 1 un plaisir exorbitant un plaisir artistique un plaisir démesuré un plaisir superficiel osvaldo cibils performance videoart. Trento, Italia. 20 january 2014. Original video: Canon IXUS 115 HS
osvaldo cibils. 1961. Artist born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He lives in Trento, Italia. His artworks are oriented to drawing, soundart, shortlow videos and the development of experimental ideas mainly. http://osvaldocibils.com
Medusa in Fragments (D-Poetry) by Brent Barson, USA
Medusa in Fragments is a sympathetic retelling of the Medusa myth. The typographic interpretation reflects a reverence for her tragic experiences. It is symbolic of her death, and told from her point of view, as she languishes in the underworld looking up at the stars, reflecting on the characters and events that affected her life.
BYU composer Steven Ricks commissioned me to create the visuals for his multimedia composition, which was to be performed live by renowned pianist Keith Kirchoff. This was a collaborative effort between Ricks, writer Stephen Tuttle, director Ethan Vincent, and myself. I created the projected typography and motion graphics that were screened in high-definition during the live piano, vocal, and electronics performances. Medusa in Fragments has played in several US cities, and was performed internationally in Ghent, Belgium and Toronto, Canada.
monumovementality (D-Poetry) by gringocarioca (Marco Alexandre de Oliveira), Brazil
(anti) propaganda for a (non) movement
“gringocarioca” is an anonymous persona, a hybrid character, an illusivisionary figure who wanders the streets of the pre-post-modern metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, ex-capital of Brazil. At the margins of the contemporary, his work explores the limits of the beyond within. He is also the alter-ego of Dr. Marco Alexandre de Oliveira, writer, translator, and adjunct professor of Letters at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where he teaches courses in American Literature, Cinema, and Culture.
Poegifs (D-Poetry) by Marcello Sahea, Brazil
Marcello Sahea employs the language of the digital era to produce synthetic visual poems that exist in the interface of VJing, sound, video and performance, incorporating looping and repetition as strategies to propose the viewers a novel relationship with the semantic, aural and visual qualities of poetry. His Poegifseries are looped animated words and images inducing a trancelike contemplation that the artist enhances through vocal performance. (text taken from catalogue of Visual Poetry Exhibition at Maddox Arts, London, JulyOctober 2013)
Marcello Sahea is poet, performer, visual and sound artist. It has published three books: “CARNE VIVA,” “LEVE” and “NADA A DIZER,” an virtual album/cd “PLETÓRAX”, published in collections, catalogs, didactical books and radio, newspapers and magazines of literature and art. Held exhibitions of visual poetry and participated in exhibitions of digital art, sound poetry, visual and videopoetry in Brazil, Portugal, London and Slovenia. As an poetperformer, has performed on stages in Brazil and Europe.
Self Portrait (D-Poetry) by Gary DiBenedetto, USA
This video was created by Gary DiBenedetto with Adobe After Effects and was developed using disjunctive frames associated with the percussive aspect of the audio. Self Portrait originated from a 10 second recording of the statement: "My perceptions of reality are a fabrication of my own will. They are the result of a desperate need to associate while living in a state of perpetual loneliness." Granular processing was used to synthesize the layers of audio with an audio-video duration of 2' 10” in Stereo or Six Discrete Channels. This piece was premiered at the ICMC 2004.
Gary DiBenedetto’s work over the past 15 years has resulted in 11 electroacoustic compositions, 3 videos, 29 sound generating kinetic sculptures and 2 interdisciplinary performance works. A 2002 Composition Fellowship was received from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2006 he won the overall prize in KAO International Kinetic Art Competition. His work has been performed and exhibited extensively throughout the international community. CD releases: Twin Towers 2010 Electroshock Records, Moscow and A Drop in the Bucket 2000 and Season of Adjustment Diversity Music are available at www.garydibenedetto.com. He received his MA from New York University.
Speakings III: Headlines (D-Poetry) Timothy Polashek, USA
SPEAKINGS III: HEADLINES is a text/sound composition for two voices. We are constantly being bombarded by headlines in all types of media, so in this work I respond. I have written several computer programs that generate text with specified musical/phonological criteria, such as syllabic stress contours and phonemic constructs. This is the third in my series that make use of this software and explore the musical potential of natural speaking rhythms. This installation imagines two simultaneous radio broadcasts, were the listener tunes out meaning and can then observe the musical/phonemic interactions of the two parts. Matthew Polashek & Bryan Louiselle, Voice.
Timothy Polashek writes in a variety of media and styles, including vocal, instrumental, electro-acoustic music, text/sound compositions, and interactive performance systems, and his music has been performed throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He is the author of The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists. Prior to earning the Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition degree from Columbia University, Polashek earned the M.A. in Electro-Acoustic Music from Dartmouth College, and a B.A. in Music from Grinnell College. He is the Music Technology Studies Coordinator and an Associate Professor of Music at Transylvania University. www.tdpmusic.com
thou (D-Poetry) by Maureen Alsop, USA
A video based on a collection of poems, Later, Knives & Trees which is soon released by Negative Capability Press.
Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of several full collections of poetry including Mantic, Apparition Wren. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Kenyon Review, Tampa Review, New Delta Review, Typo, and Barrow Street. Her awards include: Tony Quagliano International Poetry Prize, Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award.
Twelve Hours of Daylight (D-Poetry) by Bridget Sutherland, New Zealand
Twelve Hours of Daylight’ quotes the poems ‘Night Tree’ by pioneering New Zealand experimental poet and filmmaker Len Lye, ‘Ah Sunflower’ by William Blake, and ‘Are there not Twelve Hours of Daylight’ as quoted in the painting of the same title by NZ painter Colin McCahon. Using 16mm and 35mm hand painted film alongside archival and filmed footage, ‘Twelve Hours of Daylight’ references the passage of day and night, the alchemy of light and nature. Its abstract painterly sequences are combined with poetry to foreground questions concerning ecology and human consciousness.
Bridget Sutherland's research involves an interdisciplinary approach to the arts, with a special interest in the relation of image, text and music.