Film by Swoon for the poem ‘Channeling Gertrude’ written and read by Tom Konyves
Words & voice: Tom Konyves
Concept, treats, editing & music: Swoon
Thanks: Arlekeno Anselmo, Dava Bonta & Qarrtsiluni
There are 5 principal forms of videopoetry, including a combination of any of these:
KINETIC TEXT is essentially the simple animation of text over a neutral background. These works owe much to concrete and patterned poetry in their style – the use of different fonts, sizes, colours to create unusual visual representations of text.
VISUAL TEXT, or words superimposed over video/film images, presents the most significant challenge to the videopoet – to integrate the 3 elements. The role of the videopoet is to be an artist/juggler – a visual artist, sound artist, and poet combined – to juggle image, sound and text so that their juxtaposition will create a new entity, an art object, a videopoem. Text can include “found text”, i.e. text as image.
SOUND TEXT, or poetry narrated over video/film, is the videopoem without “superimposed text”. The “text” of the videopoem is expressed through the voice of the poet, accompanying the video/film images on the screen. Of the five forms of videopoetry, SOUND TEXT – with or without music – is the most popular; essentially, this is due to the facility of working within the traditional form of video/film, i.e. using the narrative techniques of the medium – without the additional difficulty presented by visual text – to illustrate a previously written poem. Once the illustrative function is removed, the work appears as the non-referential juxtaposition of sound and image.
PERFORMANCE is the appearance of the poet, on-camera, performing the poem. Some poets will mimic the MTV-music video style of presentation.
CIN(E)POETRY is the videopoem wherein the text is superimposed over graphics, still images, or “painted” with the assistance of a computer program. It closely resembles VISUAL TEXT, except the imagery is computer-generated, not captured by a motion picture camera. The term was introduced by George Aguilar, who works most often in this form.
– Tom Konyves