Spitzweg’s lonely poet – how many times have you seen it on students walls or as a facebook profile picture? How many have at some point identified with the poor poet? A lonely poet in a roof chamber holding on to nothing but an umbrella and a book. This Saturday the Lettrétage will turn pages upside down and into the internet. 4 acclaimed poets met during one week from 9-to-5 to produce a piece of a long poem which will be presented on 5 November.
A shout out to all our CROWDies: Over in Finland one of our partners, Nuoren Voiman Liitto, together with the city of Sysmä, is looking for eager young writers and translators, who would like to focus on their personal literary undertakings in a private and inspiring setting. Residency periods in Villa Sarkia are between one to three months. Continue reading Residency at Villa Sarkia
Literature as a European mother tongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who were involved in the CROWD Omnibus Reading Tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors who traveled through 15 European countries. We asked them questions about text production, reception and mediation. In case you were wondering what a literary activist from Copenhagen looks like, meet Alen Mešković! Continue reading One is a CROWD – Alen Mešković
Literature as a European mother tongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who were involved in the CROWD Omnibus Reading Tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors who traveled through 15 European countries. We asked them questions about text production, reception and mediation. In case you were wondering what a literary activist from Berlin looks like, meet Maria Cecilia Barbetta! Continue reading One is a CROWD – Maria Cecilia Barbetta
The start of October also marked the start of the CON_TEXT project. At Lettrétage, Mathias Traxler and Denis Abrahams met to put together “transfer-balades”, a “speech-installation”, combining visual, audio and spatial stimuli. Going out from the boat as a symbol for writing poetry and crossing-over, different poses/positions of meaning/ballads/transformative images were arranged in the composed ramblings. Just how a text steps in the room from the page of a book and can show and present itself as heard, stable, balanced, which holds together a house, a path. The page therein takes the role/question of a membrane, as protection and the boat’s canvas.
A booth was set up for the visitors of the installation, where the different forms can be taken in without fear. Distributed throughout the room one could find fleshed out phrases. Combined with the audio part of the installation visual stimulations were also projected on the walls, so that the focus of the “reading” was bouncing around the room, in a way forcing the audience to follow and take in the whole room.
Through their installation, the crowd that filled the Lettrétage was presented with a teaser of what is to follow in 2017 – two events, focusing on bringing together literature and other art forms, in an attempt to reimagine the way how we think of, construct and also take in literary readings.
It’s week 5 of the OMNIBUS Reading Tour. The authors have arrived in Frankfurt on the Oder, where borders collide. Walking along the shore, the literary activists exchange opinions and experiences. Let the pictures speak for themselves.
The authors of the 6th week of the #crowlitbus OMNIBUS Reading Tour have traveled to Frankfurt on the Oder, a German town right next to the Polish border. They took walks through the town with three local authors which showed them their favourite spots in and arround the city, where they also exchanged some (literary) words. Not only German and Polish was spoken, but also Finnish, Slovenian and English. The short snippets feature Maik Altenburg, Sören Bollmann and Carmen Winter, guiding Harri Hertell, Artur Becker and Anja Golob through their Frankfurt(s).
Stay tuned for the whole movie, set to debut next week on the 4th of October!
Denis Abrahams, born 1973 in Wiesbaden, studied acting at the College for music and depicting arts in Frankfurt/Main. He starred in various roles at different city and national theaters. Since 2004 Denis Abrahams has been living and working as a freelance speaker and reader in Berlin. Besides his readings, audio books and radio plays he also directed the dialogue in several radio plays. Amongst other things he is part of the regular reading ansamble of the Internationaler Literaturfestival Berlin (ilb). Abrahams is a founding member of Lettrétage and has prepared over hundred literary evenings as a speaker and curator.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila travelled on the OMNIBUS Reading Tour in the very first week from Helsinki across the arctic circle way up into the north. Coming originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, journeying has become a necessary part of Fiston’s life as an author and migrant emplyoing a unique perspective on countries and national borders. I talked with Fiston about travelling, the OMNIBUS Reading Tour, guilt and influences on writing. Continue reading Fiston Mwanza Mujila – “Finland was my non-lieu”