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Illume: An Alchemy of Text and Image

September 17th, 2005, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State, Chicago

A selection of poetry videos created by both emerging and established artists will be screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at 164 North State Street on Saturday, September 17th beginning at 11:30 a.m through 2:30 p.m. The event entitled, "Illume: An Alchemy of Text and Image," will feature both classic and current work which highlights the hybrid genre of cinepoetry or poetry video.

The event will be hosted by Chicago artist Kurt Heintz, a leader in the field of poetry video, who will be showcasing his hallmark video, "Passage," a collaboration with poet Quyarash Ali Lansana. "Poetry video is the public's first step beyond [page versus stage]," according to Heintz. "Even in its most essential form, it demolishes the old assumption that page and poem are one. We now know poetry is where you find it, in the expressions the world offers."

In addition to Heintz, author Heather Haley, who initiated the enormously successful Edgewise Poetry Video Festival in Vancouver B.C., will also feature recent work. Haley will be traveling in from her home in Canada to be a guest panelist after the screening to discuss the evolution of the genre and her own "Visible Verse" project which showcases poetry video in Canada and as a worldwide traveling project.

Other featured artists include Paul Hettel, a renowned filmmaker and professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Mark Saba, an author based at Yale University, and the collaborative team of Chicago poet Gerard Wozek, visual artist Mary Russell, and sound composer D. Edward Davis.

Sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the Division of Cultural Connections at Robert Morris College, the event will also feature a new poetry video completed by Robert Morris student Jonathan Synowiec--a project finalized as part of coursework in Mary Russell's video course held over the summer at the college.

The event which is free and open to the public, will conclude with a lively discussion with the featured film artists and poets led by Heintz on the emerging genre of poetry video.


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