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The spaces between the words – Practices of locative literature

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Libraries of Walks, Shorelines, Haiku Encounter, Sauntering Verse, In a different LENS & International Analogio Festival locative literature projects

An online panel with Stefaan van Biesen, Elspeth (Billie) Penfold, Andrew Stuck, Babak Fakhamzadeh, Lucy Jeffery, Sissy Papathanassiou and Geert Vermeire.

Can we shape a (digital) literary form using the world around us? What happens to literature when a reader is mobile?

A talk about locative literature projects, including projects initiated at the Analogio Festival in the last years, in which writers create original stories that respond to the presence of a reader and to places, or explore how ubiquitous technologies found within smartphones can allow us to produce literary augmented works.

In pandemic times new projects were developed involving literature and (limitations of) space, often at the same time locally and globally, and often exploring the potential of new technologies and through collaborative-collective actions.

Stefaan van Biesen creates collaborative libraries of (mind)walks – overlapping outdoors and indoors in his Library of Walks.

Elspeth (Billie) Penfold gathers writers and artists in her walking practice Thread and Word, to weave text and space together with CGeomap in In a different LENS.

Andrew Stuck is initiator of Shorelines, a global crowd sourced project in the frame of Sound Walk September, bringing together writers, reciters and places in locative maps. As well of Haiku Encounter, inspiring people to discover their city on foot.

Babak Fakhamzadeh’s Sauntering verse generates Dadaist poetry based on your physical location. Poetry created in front of your eyes during a walk.

Dr Lucy Jeffery (Mid Sweden University) is co-organizer, together with Professor Vicky Angelaki, of the upcoming online conference A New Poetics of Space: Literary Walks in times of Pandemics and Climate Change, in Sweden on December 7th. 

The Analogio Festival initiated the project Libraries as Gardens in 2018, and collected and distributed poems during the pandemic, read by their authors at home, creating new mindspaces during lockdown.

Geert Vermeire elaborated Libraries as Gardens in 2020, as an invitation to record in home reading spaces – collecting silences, memories and texts about gardens and walks- with the objective to create sound walks in gardens after the pandemic.

After a short presentation of the above projects the speakers engage in a conversation about literature and how words becomes (new) spaces.

Friday, 25 September 2020 at 1900-2100 BST 

Hosts

Geert Vermeire

Geert Vermeire

co-founder of walk · listen · create (Belgium) 
Andrew Stuck

Andrew Stuck

Co-founder of walk · listen · create (United Kingdom) 
Stefaan van Biesen

Stefaan van Biesen

 
Babak Fakhamzadeh

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Co-founder of walk · listen · create (Netherlands / Iran / Brazil) 
Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth Penfold

(United Kingdom) 
Lucy Jeffery

Lucy Jeffery

 
This event has happened

2020-09-25 18:00
2020-09-25 18:00

Online

flakkari

“Icelandic culture is infused with stories of travel. When names were needed for modern machines, the technology that enables our imaginations to travel, words were chosen that centred on the quality of roaming. Thus the neologism for laptop is fartölva, formed from the verb far, meaning to migrate, and tölva – migrating computer’; its companion, the external hard drive, is a flakkari. The latter word can also mean ‘wanderer’ or ‘vagrant’. In the end it’s the wanderers we rely on.” From Nancy Campbell’s “The Library of Ice”.

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