Poetry & Film: statement by J.P. Sipilä
What I do is videopoetry. It has a somewhat different approach to film and poetry than poetry film. I see poetry films as visual and kinetic illustrations of certain poems. But as far as videopoetry is concerned, video and sound are not mere reflections of certain poems, but a puzzle or juxtaposition of the three elements (video, sound and text). As videopoet Tom Konyves says: “”Videopoetry is a genre of poetry displayed on a screen, distinguished by its time-based, poetic juxtaposition of text with images and sound. In the measured blending of these 3 elements, it produces in the viewer the realization of a poetic experience.”
A good videopoem creates a new overall poetic experience from the three elements used. For me the video is the paper and screen is the mouth of my poetry.
Sound and visual aspects have always had a huge effect on my poetry. I usually read poetry while listening music and when I see a piece of art I somehow automatically start thinking a story or a feeling behind it. Using video as a medium for my poetry was a step that was just waiting to be taken.
Here’s a poetry film that impressed me:
This piece dating back to 1978 can be considered the first videopoem, the starting point of it all, if I may say so. Of course there have been films and works that could be somehow understood as videopoetry in the past, for example Jean Cocteau’s Le Sang d’un Poète from 1930. However this piece by Tom Konyves entitled Sympathies of War is something that made way for a new genre of poetry. Something that is nowadays known as videopoetry.
J.P. Sipilä is a Finnish poet. He released his first book of poetry in 2006 and began making videopoems at the same time.