Second Brussels International Underground Poetry Fest | Academic Seminar

#Brusselspoetryfest, een weekend lang de internationale bakermat van experimentele poëzie


Naast de crème de la crème van de experimentele poëziescene uit het Nederlandse taalgebied presenteert #Brusselspoetryfest ook het beste uit de wereld. Bij deBuren vindt op vrijdag 11 september het academisch seminar over experimentele poëzie plaats.

Kenners van overal ter wereld komen er praten over "The poem as book as art" en "The end of poetry on paper". Met sprekers als Katarzyna Bazarnik (PL), Laura Lopez Fernadez (NZ), Sharon Mesmer (US), a.rawlings (CA), Kila van der Starre (NL) en Frank Keizer (NL).


Over het festival

Expositie en performances: WIELS, Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussel. Meer info

Tijdens dit gratis festival wordt het publiek meegenomen naar de wereld van klankpoëzie, performance poëzie en visuele poëzie door performances, tentoonstellingen, een bookfair, een conferentie en workshops voor groot en klein. Experimentele poëzievormen worden op nieuwe en ongewone plaatsen in situ gecreëerd en gepresenteerd. Naast de crème de la crème van de experimentele poëziescene uit het Nederlandstalige taalgebied presenteert #Brusselspoetryfest ook het beste uit de wereld. Een nichefestival, volledig gewijd aan de hedendaagse avant-garde, dat niet bang is de dialoog aan te gaan met de mainstream.

Meer info over het festival vindt u hier


Over het academic seminar

Bij deBuren vindt op vrijdag 11 september in het kader van het festival een academisch seminarie over experimentele poëzie plaats. De lezingen gaan door in het Nederlands en het Engels. Op het programma:

•“The poem as book as art”
Liberatura and other book-art, literature as art book, the book as art, the poem as art as book…

Keynote speakers: Katarzyna Bazarnik Ph. D. (PL), Laura Lopez-Fernandez (NZ), Kiene Brillenburg Wurth (NL), Stefan Wouters (BE);

•The End of Poetry on Paper?
Flarf, post-literature poetry, online poetry, asemic writing, performance poetry....

Keynote speakers: Sharon Mesmer (US), a rawlings (CA-IS), Frank Keizer (NL), Kila van der Starre (NL), Maartje Smits (NL)


Over de lezingen

1. Panamarenko as poet by Stefan Wouters (BE)
Lecture in English

During this seminar we will focus on Panamarenko as a poet, an aspect of his early work that has often been overlooked.

During the mid-1960s we notice a strong relation between the Happenings he participated in and literature. These happenings combined formal aspects of Dada with their own national history of avant-garde poetry, especially the work of Paul van Ostaijen. The happeners used Van Ostaijen's work not only as a template for their posters, but they also integrated his poetry during the execution of their Happenings. Another interesting interdisciplinary aspect involving poetry we find in their publication of 'Happening News', a magazine that stood out amongst a copious amount of experimental literary magazines at the time due to its graphic design, often incorporating photography as the basis for a collage. During this seminar I will argue that these works of art are much more conceptual and poetic as one initially might expect.

2. Flarf: The Big Ugly Thing That Totally Ruined Poetry by Sharon Mesmers (US)
Lecture in English

A review of the 2013 edition of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology in the American political magazine The Nation called out flarf —poetry composed using Google results —as The Big Ugly Thing That Totally Ruined Poetry. It couldn’t be denied that flarf’s inclusion in the Norton was a demarcation point for contemporary poetry, a threshold crossed. But by the time the anthology was published, flarf in its original form was dead: Google had changed its algorithm, and two of the collective’s founding members had gotten divorced (flarf being, at its core, a feast of friends). This paper aims to introduce flarf to an international audience, and identify some of its original ingredients — 9/11, the Iraq War, the American economic crash, and rage — on the anniversary of the “birth” of flarf, September 11.


3. Liberature. Poetry bound to the book by Katarzyna Bazarnik (PL)
Lecture in English

Liberature is a literary genre, embracing literary works in which the writer deliberately fuses text and material features of the book in order to create an integral piece of literary art. Proposed in 1999 by Polish poet Zenon Fajfer and theoretically developed by Katarzyna Bazarnik, the concept grew out of the couple's triple-codex-book Oka-leczenie, the work that stimulated a distinct trend in contemporary Polish writing. But such an approach to literary material can be traced back to modernist practices rooted in the materiality of writing, and even further back to Laurence Sterne's playful treatment of publishing conventions. It is also related to visual poetry, to Mallarme's symbolist revolution, and to many 20th and 21st century poetic practices. The talk will explore these connections, focusing on how the poetic word can inhabit the space of the book.


4. Projections of time in Cara Inversa (2014) by Pepe Caccamo and Baldo Ramos (Galicia, Spain) by Laura Lopez Fernandez (NZ)
Lecture in English

Cara Inversa’s (Reverse Side) is a collection of verbal and visual-object poems, –a versatile and dual book- project, an intertextual and intersubjective experience in dialogue with Galicia’s historiographic and literary voices of the past. The texts of this book incorporate a variety of voices, styles and topics which embody different perceptions of time such as a mythical time (Breogan), a historical time (19th and 20th c.), an individual and collective time of the memory (pain, trauma, anonymity, forgetfulness), a sociopolitical and historiographic time (the Spanish civil war, the postwar period, the time of exile, and migration), and a literary time (Galician nationalist poetry, and vanguard aesthetics, artist’s books and object poems). Cara Inversa projects a series of antagonist discourses circumscribed linguistically and aesthetically in the marginal and the periphery, operating as artifacts of cultural emergence and configuring a plurality of epistemes and connections.


5. The Poem as Itinerary by Maartje Smits (NL)
Lecture in English, poems in Dutch

Het gedicht als routebeschrijving: Maartje zal een multi-mediapresentatie geven waarin ze de sturende kwaliteiten van het gedicht zal onderzoeken en zijn aanwijzingen zal volgen tot diep in de krochten van het internet.




6. The Persistence of the (Im)material by Frank Keizer (NL)
Lecture in English, poems in Dutch

My paper will be a consideration of the ways in which poetic practice may counteract the contemporary tendency – and quite often, political pressure – to dematerialize. Through readings of the work of CA Conrad and others, I will argue that poetic practice acquires its political valence precisely to the extent that it is can activate the material tensions and contradictions present in immaterial production itself. This engagement with both the materiality of bodies and social sites within an expanded horizon of immaterialization, can contribute to the debate about what poetry is able to accomplish in the present, both aesthetically and politically.


08:30 > 09:00
Welcome and registration // Ontvangst en registratie // Accueil et enregistrement

09:00 > 09:15
Introduction and welcoming (Dutch/English) // Introductie en verwelkoming (Nederlands/Engels) // Introduction et bienvenue (Néerlandais/Anglais)

09:15 > 10:00
Katarzyna Bazarnik Ph. D. (PL) on “Liberature. Poetry bound to the book” (EN)
10:00 > 10:30

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth (NL) on “The Poem = Book = Art. About Liberatura and other poetry-art” (NL or EN) (annulatie wegens ziekte spreker. programmawijziging voorzien)

10:30 > 10:45
Coffee break // koffie break // pause-café

10:45 > 11:15
Stefan Wouters (BE) on “Panamarenko as poet” (EN)
11:15 > 11:45
Laura Lopez-Fernandez (NZ) on “Projections of time in Cara Inversa (2014) by Pepe Caccamo and Baldo Ramos (Galicia, Spain)” (EN) video-presentation

11:45 > 12:00
Conclusions morning // conclusies ochtend // conclusions du matin

12:00 > 13:00

Sandwich lunch // sandwich lunch // déjeuner à sandwiches

13:00 > 13:45
Sharon Mesmer (US) on “Flarf: The Big Ugly Thing That Totally Ruined Poetry” (EN)
13:45 > 14:15
Angela Rawlings (CA-IS) on “Gibber: Ecopoiesis” (EN)
14:15 > 14:45
Frank Keizer (NL) on “The Persistence of the (Im)material” (EN)

14:45 > 15:00
Coffee break // koffie break // pause-café

15:00 > 15:30
Kila van der Starre (NL) on “Poetry Off the Page? What Online Poetry Performances Can Tell Us About Poetry in the 21st Century” (EN)
15:30 > 16:00

Maartje Smits (NL) on “The Poem as Itinerary” (EN & NL)

16:00 > 16:30
Conclusions afternoon // conclusies namiddag // conclusions de l’après-midi

#Brusselspoetryfest is een organisatie van be.poetic vzw i.s.m. Planetarium van de Koninklijke Sterrenwacht van België, WIELS, Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, GC Essegem, het Pools Cultureel Instituut in Brussel, the Waikato University New Zealand, Wintergarten Research Group (VUB), Willemsfonds, Huis van de Mens, Three Rooms Press, International Akademia of Zaum, Maelström Revolution, 100Thousand Poets for Change, Humus vzw


Dit evenement vond plaats op vrijdag 11 september 2015

deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6, 1000 Brussel

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