The spaces between the words – Practices of locative literature

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Start 2020-09-25 18:00 UTC
18:00 UTC

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 

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Date 25/09/2020
Time ICS/ICAL · gcal 18:00 UTC
18:00 UTC
Cost Tickets FREE
Online This event is online