Conceived in Advance / Conceptual poetry
Location: Theater Rotterdam - Witte De With - Audit.,
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While writing, most poets let language, and of course their associative, conscious mind, run its course. Yet for some, that’s too simple. They specifically choose to subject their poetry to a certain regime, or to precisely and systematically explore a certain thematic approach. Conceptual poetry! Three poets read their conceptual poetry and talk to Jan Baeke about the frameworks they choose to work within.
For Christian Bök (Canada), such a conceptual framework is essential. His 'Euoia' collection, for instance, contains only poems in which just a single vowel is allowed. And in 'Xenotext', he reports on his attempt to encode a poem in a bacterium's DNA. Nachoem M. Wijnberg (Netherlands) provides direction to his collections by connecting the poems to mechanisms or metaphors from a specific societal or cultural field, like economy or money, song or love. In her collection 'Ma', Ida Börjel (Sweden) explores how linguistic actions divide people, and in 'Miximum Ca'Canny' she writes poetry as a manual for sabotage. Furthermore, she's continually searching for the best way to present the poems. For this special event, she has chosen a polyvocal performance of 'Miximum Ca'Canny' with seven voices in five languages.