Ars Poetica 2006



The Escape
Jana Bodnárová, SR 2006, 10 min.

A videopoem of Slovak author named The Escape is a short picture meditation on the poem Awakening by Theodore Rhoethke. Music of industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten together with a video performance kept in the spirit of existentionalism evoke an anxious desire to escape.


Chattering with the Plants
SR 1999, 7 min. 11 sec.

At the ZEBRA Poetry Award Film Festival in Berlin in 2000 was to this videoperformance added haiku written by Etsuin.


Someone Is Lurking
SR 1999, 2 min. 7 sec.

videoperformance / videohaiku


SR 2001, 6 min. 7 sec.




Bent Hamer, USA/Norway 2005, 64 min.

A film adaptation of Charles Bukowski's book in which a main character is an alter ego of the author. Henry Chinaski, a poet of L.A. underground, would be a pure lost existence if it was not for the content he has with his rebel-like way of life. This madman, a solitary, lover of the gentle and cruel, living his life with crazily romantic insistence and with non-sentimental compassion for people on the edge of society, is satisfied with mere writing and drinking – drinking and writing! As he himself confesses: „All I want to do is get my cheque and get drunk. It's not noble, but it is my choice. Do you have a cigarette?"


The Colour of Pomegranate

Sergej Paradžanov, Russia 1969, 70 min.

The rare Armenian production is one of the best works bringing visual and literary inspiration into a film. Its rich visual language is based on Armenian folklore, mainly on the poetry of Armenian poet Sajat-Novy. The film works with fundamental, though nicely simple, themes unfolding in colourful compositions and shifts of meaning, in a beautiful game of accounterments, gestures, movements and terse verbality. Those who will not be put off by a seeming lack of action, will be rewarded by an experience similar to that offered by scarce moments of reading brilliant poetry. Hence what Paradžanov had to say about this film: „Do not look for a biography of a great Armenian poet Sajat-Novy. Our sole aim was to translate the world of his poetry into the language of film..."


Other worlds

Marko Škop, SR 2006, 78 min.

Šariš is a specific region, a region in the east Slovakia, located between the East and the West of Europe. It is a kind of interface between rational individualism of the West and expressive emotionality of the East. The documentary features six different characters and changes in their communities. As Europe has set on the way of transformation, life changes reach to the remotest parts. The film Other worlds strives to grasp the trends of globalisation and their mass impact on individual lives, the end of traditional variegatedness. The setting of Šariš region serves the filmmakes as a working ground in their search for the original beauty of authentic being.


The Field Lilies

Elo Havetta, Slovakia 1972, 77 min.

Two war veterans return to their native vales after World War II and try to find a home to settle down in. But their instinct and lust to wander and lead a free life is equally strong. The main plot line is accompanied by emotional episodes full of mischief and imagination. Dramatic allusions developing under the apparently happy story bear all signs of naked humanity, and raw desires, fear and loneliness. The search for lost home and the lust for faraway lands and freedom in the times of rising normalization belonged to the themes that socialist regime put into the darkest of safes.


Artists's films selected by Cyril Lepetit

Cyril Lepetit (1970) was born in Cherbourg, France. He studied at the Ulster College of Art, Belfast (1989-1995). In 1999, after living in Paris for several years, he went to Japan and Taiwan for a residency and a series of exhibitions. He has been living and working in London since 2000. In 2002, Cyril Lepetit created the International Exhibitionist. The aim of the IE is to be an open platform. It is a way to draw a landscape of the contemporary art scene, that Cyril Lepetit comes across. Recent IE event include: Moving in Architecture Curzon Soho cinema & Camden Arts Centre, London (2006).



Laurence Dunmore, GB 2005, 115 min.

Johny Depp in one of his best roles. A story of astonishing rise and tragic fall of a poet and rebel John Wilmont (Johny Depp) – a „free Earl" of Rochester, who was the biggest heckler on the Court of English King Charles II (John Malkovich), where he wrote plays and poems, but mainly chased women. Wilmont made equal fame with his heavy drinking and a debauched way of life, that led to his premature death at the age of 33. It was only then that his works received deserved positive reception and the acceptance of critics.


Marketa Lazarová

František Vláčil, Czechoslovakia 1967, 162 min.

monumental poetic composition working with rich visual allusions in a congenial interpretation of Vančura's novel, which was up to then perceived as unadaptable for a film. This film poem presents a world of wild beauty, vacillating on the edge of rough historical reality and ancient myth. It takes place in a period when rising Christianity accentuated inevitability of fellow love, but at the same time strangled the pagan admiration for limitless power of nature. The story is set in a time of marauding knights who attacked travellers on royal roads, depicts medieval violence and cruelty, resistant belief in pagan gods, blood revenge and passion. It was a time when human life had but a little value. The plot, composed of polyphonic strings, its rich structure evoking the world of medieval Bohemia, fresh shifts of moods in separate story segments, and motif lines will astonish any perceptive viewer.


The town of Flying Words

Martina Diosi, Slovakia 2006, 56 min.

A documentary with acting features is a group portrayal of people who created poetry in Zvolen Literary Club in the 90's of the last century. A banker, pharmacy shop owner, public toilets operator, painter, radio director, actress, journalist... They all talk about the influence the club had on thenm and how it shaped their destinies. The director Diosi tries to offer perceptive viewer a kind of „user guide" showing how to develop the real or „alternative" values and how to create them even in the shadow paraphrase of today's reality shows .
Martina Diosi studied the Theory of Dramatic Arts on the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava and in 1998 graduated in Dramaturgy and Screenwriting. In 2003 Michaela Pavlátová directed a feature-lenght movie Faithless Games based on her screenplay and the movie gained several awards, e.g. The Golden Kingfisher for best feature film on the Finále Festival 2003 in Pilsen, the Czech Republic.


The Man with a Movie Camera

Dziga Vertov, Russia 1929, 26 min.

A classic from the mute film period directed by a revolutionary of documentary Dziga Vertov. Using constructive montage and picture setting, he managed to elevate the art of film into a picture poetry. The movie is above all a celebration of the „eye-camera" as a conquest of technical revolution and its ability to cath the reality impartially. The movie will be screened with a special music accompaniment – contemporary version recorded live in 2002 by The Cinematic Orchestra in London.

Josef Božek

Šimon Špidla, FAMU 2005, 12 min.

The apparent minimalism of the film evokes time flow inside a shot, as we know it from other Špidla films (Adrift, Shift). Unlike the previous pieces, this one mostly uses a fixed camera shot which creates a fresh tension between the time continuum and the static image. The omnipresent cubicle window or the moon flowing in the sky thus make the palpable tension between linear and cyclic patterns of time. Josef Brožek set his first steamboat sail on the river Moldau September 17, 1815.

Waiting for a night

Vladimír Kovář, FAMU 2005, 8 min.

Film inspired by Franz Kafka´s short story Facing the Law.


Miloš Tomič, FAMU 2005, 3 min.

A man becomes fascinated by a skirt of one girl and chases her like a madman. However, when he finally gets what he wanted, he discovers the skirt without a woman is quite useless! Then, the chase continues...


Adam Oľha, FAMU, 2005, 3 min.

The three minute visual study, shot on 35 mm film, turns a skylight of one house (specifically AMU dormatories in Hradební street) into a window of opportunity for a survey of this specific space, resp. different pattens of motion and angles of view as taken from within and without . In its quiet retreated perspective, the film reflects the local life processes in confrontation with aesthetic effects of its wild images.


Ondřej Ševčík, FAMU, 2006, 25 min.

A visual essay inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Short films from Poland


Maciej Cuske, 2005, 45 min

Krystyna Miłobędzka - wszystko jest dziecko

Ewa Pytka, Poľsko 1996, 30 min.

Czesława Miłosza historia literatury polskiej XX wieku

Ewa Pytka, Poľsko 1999, 58 min.


The Celebration of the Lonely Palm

Marko Škop, Juraj Johanides, Slovakia 2005, 95 min.

A joyful documentary inscenation featuring semi-forgotten Slovak film director Elo Havetta. The documentary searches for circumstances of shooting Havetta's The Celebration in the Botanic Garden and aims to reveal secret dimensions of the director's character. In a playful manner and via memories of his workmates and colleagues, it reveals poetic nature of Havetta' s view of the world. The film provides a highly fresh and authentic evidence about one of the most original directors Slovakia ever had.


The Celebration in the Botanic Garden

Elo Havetta, Slovakia 1970, 95 min

Fresh and mellow debut of a greatly gifted director is a colourful feeria about the hunger for the spectacular and extraordinary in human life, composed of two mosaic etudes (various forms of parody, travesty, persiflage and prophanation of legends and rites, peculiar development of the movie-in-the-movie principle). The heroes, interesting inhabitants of viniferous Babindol, are trying to find a specific sense of happiness in craziness. But this mode only drags them into the perplexity of a dream – in a situation of helplessness towards the fate, in the middle of a conflict between naive desire to fly and a necessity to dig in the mould, day by day, in order to produce wine, a drink of dreamers. With the means of naive fresco and fairly outdated songs, the film expresses the „confession that a human soul, regardless the formulae that intelect offers her, is a restless traveller in search of a living water, a miracle."


Remembering Vladimir Vysocky

Vladimír Saveliev, Russia, 1989, 56 min.

The artistic documentary gives a broad portrayal of the non-comformist artist of true conscience and honour. Vysocky´s impresive singing, the setting of the famous Theatre of Taganka, the places where he lived – all this helps to create a vivid atmosphere, though surrounding mostly one-man appearance. The film collage contains also several non-professional recordings (encounters with friends, fans and journalists, concert records, walks through streets). The author showed his esteem of the poet's work even without putting his life and legacy into wider context of the Soviet society. The film story is framed by a „mini story" of a singer J. Kamburovova, who is trying to find a new way of interpretation of Vysocky´s songs.


Thang Shi

Tang Poetry

Zhang Lu, South Korea/China 2003, 86 min.

Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu (Korean name: Jang Ryul) shot this debut feature in Beijing in the spring of 2003 - at the height of a SARS-epidemic panic, which very likely influenced the film's dark humour. A middle-aged pickpocket forced to retire by a nervous disease which causes his hands to shake spends all his time in his bare apartment, occasionally eavesdropping on a neighbour and watching TV programmes about Tang Dynasty poetry. His former apprentice, a young woman, daily tries to coax him back into action and suggests taking part in a major robbery. He silently coldshoulders her, but then a murder next door brings a stolen gun into the picture. Celebrated Tang poems are brought up in captions as chapter headings, offering ironic counterpoints to the squalid setting and action, but Zhang also sets out to replicate the vigour and allusiveness of classical poetry in his formal control and minimalist emphasis on details. A remarkable one-off.


Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Sergej Paradžanov, Russia 1964, 97 min.

A film poem based on the name-sake short story by Michail Kocjubynskij brings a colorful drama of love of Huzulian Romeo (Ivan) and Julliet (Marička), two young people from two hostile clans. The film, set in the beautiful scenery of Ukrainian Carpathians, is full of myths and legends of Huzul people. But in the middle of the wilderness, a passionate love grows and rises to a climax of a tragic end of both lovers... only to affirm their magical unity.


Issa Valley

Tadeusz Konwicki, Poland 1982, 110 min.

The movie is set in Lithuania in the very first decade of the 20th century, in the valley of a mystic river Issa. The plot centres on the fabulous motley fates of the local people. Worlds of the living and the dead blend, the lives of contemporaries are suddenly dominated by the heroes of Lithuanian legends, devils and demons. The movie is based on a novel by Czeslaw Milosz, a Nobel Prize winning poet and writer.

Urban Electronic Poetry

Music and poetry, poetry and musicare perhaps the two most immediate forms of expression of the contemporary fragmentary conscience. Musician, composer, and sound specialist Max Würden of Leverkusenu and a poet Kersten Flenter of Hannover launched their cooperation in order to evolve these forms of expression into a new architecture merging them into a new completion. Pursuing the motto „word is a virus in the wake of urban automatism", they started a cooperation of fifteen poets and ten musicians from four countries in a joint music-literary effort resulting in Urban Electronic Poetry – a project of dark beauty and electronic charge of the urban life of today.



Lech Majewski. Poľsko 1999, 90 min.

Rafael Wojaczek bol rozhnevaný mladý básnik, ktorý umrel ako 26-ročný. Jeho poézia a sebadeštrukčný životný štýl veľmi silno zapôsobili na mnohých mladých Poliakov. Pil, fajčil hašiš, skákal z okna druhého poschodia. Ženy ho obdivovali, hoci miloval len jediného človeka – seba. Wojaczek sa v banalite socialistického Poľska stal legendou, poetickým mýtom. Wojaczek v dlhom fľakatom župane, živo gestikulujúci, popíjajúci vodku, má mnoho z charakteristík tradičného filmového hrdinu – balansujúceho na hrane reality.


Zebra Poetry Film Award

A Slovak premiere of a selection of winning and short-listed films from the Zebra Poetry Film Award, presented by its director Thomas Wohlfart. The Zebra Poetry Film Award is a project developed by Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, in cooperation with the Interfilm Berlin. This unique film competition early established itself as the most profiled forum of experimental film makers focused on short movies informed by poetic patterns in terms of their content, aesthetics or overall tone. The Zebra festival and award is a rare venue enabling the makers from all over the world to compare their creative results and exchange artistic ideas in the field of poetry and film experiments.


The Mirror

Andrej Tarkovskij, Russia 1975, 102 min.

This is a rather autobiographic film vowen of dreams, allusions, associations, and metaphores, made of a strange, ephemeral substance. The most personal of all Tarkovskij´s films is his vision of conscience, a way to purgation via suffering, a return to the beginning. Poetic-philosophical commentary is provided by Arsenij Tarkovskij, author´s father, and his verses. Through the film, Tarkovskij tries to understand why his father left the family.



Double Affair

Double Affair is a formation consisting of former one-man band (doublefair) that changed into a cooperation of various musicians and depends on the state of affairs that has an influence on the number of musicians participating on the project or on the form they present. After releasing rather a song album Circulation (2005), Jozef Vlk as the Double Affair keeps on searching other songs and structures with the help of technology, guitars and synthesizers – he keeps on retarding and organizing already composed or reconceived sound levels into new textures, acoustic-electronic compositions and surprising elastic concepts.
Double Affair occasionally performs on various addresses in Slovakia as well as abroad, e.g. last year they took part in prestigious festival Alternativa 2005 in the Prague theatre Archa and in May 2006 they preformed in the London club Spitz with grand success in the audience. Live Act Double Affair will include the material prepared for the new CD.

Kufrik Brothers is a group of video-design creators working together approximately for 4 years. They use all technically available resources of picture entries and creative ideas, where the main goal is inseparability of audio and visual perception, sound synchronization, moving pictures and sequences, materialization and highlighting of the audio-visual as a concept and a space where the picture and sound become a thesis, antithesis and synthesis.


Jean Marc Montera

musician, composer, improviser


Noël Akchoté

guitar and voilin player, composer, actor



modern, liberated, contemporary, of a broad spectrum, intelligent, obscure, experimental, unique, quality, original, extraordinary...words that most often characterize electronic music production. with rbnx things are different.





mindMap is music band from Slovakia, flowing in delightful but dark waters of electronica, often called ambient, downtempo. Electronic feelings supported by flutes, guitar or precious voice. Live performances combine synths´ and machines´ sound with live instruments enriched by fine vocal, fitting most on chill-out lounge. Tracks were released on several compilations in Slovakia as well as abroad. Plochy album on Italian Afe rec. was even signed as one of the best releases of the label. New album titled Gran-ahua will be released in September on Ambsine records. Album also includes the track Gerlach introduced on Megasoft Office 2005 compilation released by the French label F-communications.

electronics, copmpositions: Emil Maťko, Igor Iliaš, Dana Mazalová; vocal: Dana Mazalová; lyrics: Michala Čopíková; flutes: Petra Mušková, Jela Spišiaková


Pink Freud

In 1998, four young and open-minded musicians from Gdansk formed a group, which would explore new areas of improvisation. They named it Pink Freud. Pink Freud is an improvising trio. Its music is fresh and modern; inspired by jazz, rock, folk, jungle, drum'n'bass etc. Pink Freud demands audience's sensitivity and concentration. Musicians play subtle tunes fully aware of their music. In 1998 Pink Freud recorded debut album Zawijassy. In 2003, Zen Posse Records issued Sorry Music Polska. On this album, Pink Freud presented very new style and reached for new metaphors to express their stories. Pink Freud today are: Wojtek Mazolewski (bass, loop, sampler), Tomek Zietek (trumpet and prepared trumpet), Kuba Staruszkiewicz (drums). Nowadays band publishing the third album Jazz fajny jest with remixes in execution of the best young and modern musicians, DJ's, bands - like EMADE, ENVEE, Niewinni Czarodzieje, m.bunio.s, Mika Urbaniak, Old Time Radio, LocoStar and anothers.


db plays Selector

The Selector radio programme won the main prize at 23rd Sony Academy Awards for the best weekly radio programme. The jury singled it out of the five shortlisted programmes as a unique project featuring a broad range of the new British voices in various musical genres. Since 2001, The Selector programme has been produced for the British Council by Somethin´ Else company, and has the potential to reach as many as 260 million people in 19 countries all across the world. The Selector is a degustation of all the new and tasty material produced in Great Britain, while suggesting a road ahead in the trends in pop, guitar music, hip-hop, and dance music.

Daniel Baláž is an anchor, journalist, DJ, initiator of the electronic scene in Slovakia. Starting in Radio Ragtime in 1993, he moved to Rock FM Radio, later renamed to Radio FM, in the year 2000, to anchor broadcasts such as Night Life, Selector, Compass, Music News, as well as The Night Mix and ChillOut FM. Baláž also contributes to internet magazine inZine, occasionally works as a DJ or a musician. He also edited Metro broadcast for the Slovak national television.


Tobiáš Jirous



Debris Company: Soliloquy

Performance called Soliloquy is a "comeback" of a dramatic company Debris that has been acting and creating already for fifteen years. Dance-dramatic solo is a short stage adaptation of the last chapter of James Joyce's world-know novel Ulysses. It is the soliloquy of a concert singer and a wife of Irish advertisement agent Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom. Unrestricted stream of feelings, thoughts, pieces of memory and half-asleep fantasies mingled with entries from the real world fills the stage as a blank page of a novel. Soliloquy is a homage to James Joyce, his writing on the border of (un)consciousness, experiment of word and movement, rhythmic and ritual confession to new age, that fills with emotionality, lasting sorrow, loss of context and eternal discontent.
Choreography: Stanislava Vlčeková, concept and direction: Jozef Vlk, visual concept: Martin Piterka, costume design: Marija Havran, music: Jozef Vlk, music realization: Zwiebel String Quartett, light design: Pavel Kotlík, starring: Stanislava Vlčeková


SKALEN company: Xenit

This creation is one of the natural continuation of experiments from 2001, on the relation between the body and the space and their reunion into another dimension through video images, something between the video writing and visual improvisation.

Dance: Michèle Ricozzi

Music: Jean Marc Montera

Video-art: Patrick Laffont

Michèle Ricozzi - dancer and choreographer. She cooperated with Odile Duboc, Urban Sax. Corine Lanselle C°, Faizal Zhegoudi C°. She won the first price at the Choreographic Challenge Châteauvallon in 1995. She is founder of Skalen, group of different types of art expression.

Jean Marc Montera – musician. In 1978, he founded G.R.I.M - Group of Research and Musical Improvisation . He was cooperating with many artists, e.g. Fred Frith, David Moss, Paul Lovens, Odile Duboc, PeterPalitzsch/Berliner Together, Piotr Klemensciewic. He created works for theatre, dance, film. He is the co-director of Montevideo, the place of contemporary creations, together with Hubert Colas. In 2002, he was the founder of Ensemble d'Improvisateurs Européens.

This performance has been invited to festivals in France, Italy, Germany, Estonia, Spain and Czech Republic.



Premiere of the slovak – french multimedia performance.

Dance: Monika Caunerová, Petra Fornayová, Monika Horná, Michèle Ricozzi (F)

Music: Ľubomír Burgr, Jean Marc Montera (F), Marek Piaček

Performance is the result of an intens cooperation of french and slovak musicians and dancers. Its motto is a poem of a slovak poet Nora Ružičková Gravity.



Ján Buzássy: Translation workshop, FiF UK

Ján Buzássy (1935) graduated in library science and Slovak language and literature. He became the editor-in-chief of the monthly Mladá tvorba (Young Creation), later he assumed the same position in the publishing house Slovenský spisovateľ (Slovak Writer) and in 1990s in the weekly Kultúrny život (Cultural Life). He made his literary debut in 1965 with the poetry collection Hra s nožmi (The Game of Knives) which addressed the most fundamental problems of human existence with its particular worldview. Then he found inspiration in the legacy of the antique philosophy with the collections Škola kynická (The Cynic School, 1966), Nausikaá (1970) and Krása vedie kameň (Beauty Leads Stone, 1972). His later books of poetry were partly determined by popular oral tradition and folklore. Return to the poetic techniques and principles of the first period of his poetic creation was indicated by the lyric Pláň, hory (Plain, Mountains, 1982), collection Zlatý rez (Golden Section) and three collection from the 1990s - Náprava vínom (Wine Cure, 1994), Dni (Days, 1995) and Svetlo vôd (Water Light, 1997). He translated from English, Russian and Serbian. Particularly significant are his translations of T. S. Eliot and G. G. Byron.

Wednesday 18.10., 13.00


Ciaran Carson: Creative workshop, FiF UK

Wednesday 11.10., 14.00


Exhibition Entrance Gallery

Entrance Gallery presents progressive young artists, mostly students and graduates of artistic universities from the Czech Republic and other countries. The name and conception of the gallery is based on the location of this exhibition area at the entrance to the Karlín Studios. Entrance focuses on author exhibitions complemented by curated group-projects. A major running project is a created web domain Entrance Web Gallery with a registry of artists, presentations, and exhibition documentations.

At the Ars Poetica festival, Entrance Gallery decided to introduce a young artists, fairly well established in the Czech Republic.

Ladislava Gažiová, a native of Slovakia, predominantly works with social-political themes, treating them with a flair of irony, even cynicism. Gažiová draws her inspiration from comix, popculture, subculture, graffiti, street art, as well as by Oriental ornamentalism. She changes both serious and non-serious themes into a prodigious scenery with a help of a spray technique, infused with melancholy and darkness.

Radim Labuda is a Slovak artist based in Prague, working mostly with video and sound installations. His last project concentrates on video images enclosed in a loop of recurrence. The videos are phenomenological testimonies of the reality, not a construct, but mere records. Still, they generate meanings open to different interpretations relative to a context.


Les Citadelles

French magazine Les Citadelles was founded in Paris in 1996. Issued mostly once a year, up to now twelve issues has been published, surveying contemporary situation in francophone as well as European poetry. Almost two hundred of its pages are divided into two major parts: D´Europe and Poètes pour nos jours. Besides poems and poet profiles the readers can find also essays, reviews, reports from poetry festivals and articles dealing with contemporary poetry. So far, Slovak poetry was represented by the poems of Mila Haugová in the issue no. 11 in 2004 and in the next issue there were poems of Peter Šulej in the translation of Andrea Lešková-Poterie.The editor in chief is a poet Philipe Démerón. At the Ars Poetica 2006, the magazine will be presented by a poetess Armelle Lecrercq of the Les Citadelles poet circle.

International round table on publishing and translation of poetry in Europe and Beyond

Friday 13.10., 11.00 a.m., Budmerice

Ivica Prtenjača /CRO
has initiated and runs the literature programme Palach's Readings in Rijeka. He works as a PR manager at the Profil International Publishing.

Rod Mengham /UK
has edited collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, and the fiction of the 1940s. He is also the editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of Altered State: the New Polish Poetry (2003).

Darek Foks /PL
is a member of editorial staff of Warsawian Twórczość, the oldest Polish literary magazine.

Mars Woodworth /USA
is an editor at the quarterly Salmagundi and associate director at the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College, NY. na Skidmore College.

Siarhei Smatrychenka /BLR
is an editor of the magazine ARCHE as well as founder and manager of the book series named Czech Collection. He translates from Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Czech and Slovak. He compiled the Anthology of Belorussian Short Stories (2006).

Sylvia Geist /D
since the beginning of the 90s has been a mediator of Central European poetry in a three-year circle of seminars and literary events at the Fachhochschule in Hannover and has published anthologies dedicated to the particular Central European literatures. Her translations of Russian, Slovak, and English poetries were published in several anthologies and prestigious magazines.

Elisa Biagini /IT
has translated widely from English contemporary American poetry.


Rod Mengham: Prekladateľský workshop na FiF UK

Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College. He is the author of books on Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Henry Green, as well as of The Descent of Language(1993). He has edited collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, and the fiction of the 1940s. He has written on art for various magazines and composes the catalogues for the biennial 'Sculpture in the Close' exhibition, at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is also the editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of Altered State: the New Polish Poetry (2003). His own poems have been published under the title Unsung: New and Selected Poems (1996, 2001).

Friday 14.10., 14.00

The Review within Review project

The Review within Review project is a unique project of inter-European collaboration among national cultures without the mediation of large languages. It is a project of mutual dialogue, of creativity of multilingual common projects, of promotion and distribution. Review within Review came about as an idea of the integration of central-European cultural space, a fluid flow of the humanities and literature among the magazines and publishers that are key in their own cultural spaces. Project collaboration, currently with 10 magazines from 9 countries, expanding into southeastern and western European space, has also another goal: connecting smaller nations, and promoting intercultural exchange and dialogue.

About Little Frogs and Many Different Things...

Sunday, October 15th, 4 p.m., A4

Creative workshop for children age 3 to 6 with the poet Daniel Hevier and dancer Petra Fornayová.


Okrúhly stôl slovenských vydavateľstiev

ALME project presentation

The Literadio project has it roots in the year 2000 as a common project of the Verband Freier Radios Österreichs - umbrella association of Austrian Community radios, and the IG Autorinnen/Autoren - main association of Austrian authors, creating live internet literature broadcast program directly from Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. The produced program was not only distributed by some radio stations in Austria and Germany – the programes were also online archived and are still available on demand. Because of the succesfulness of the project the non profit organisations aufdraht and Team Teichenberg from Austria build upon the ALME – Acoustic Literature Map of Europe as a next step of the Literadio in the year 2003.General information about the EU project
Create a multilingual non profit online archive of contemporary European literature for active or passive non commercial use. Collect recordings of radio programs, author's readings, discussions about literature topics, acoustic presentations of publishing houses, poetry slams and other literature events. Publish the recordings online together with metadata in the original language and in English. Develop and publish online examples for literature educationThe project is grant aided within the EU Program Culture 2000.
Partners of the ALME project are:
Ars Poetica (Slovakia),
Aufdraht (Austria),
Folio Verlag (Italia),
Radio MARS (Slovenia),
Radio Z (Germany),
Team Teichenberg (Austria),
Radio AGORA (Austria),
Gecko Art (Austria),
Media Wien (Austria),
Radiofabrik – Verein Freier Rundfunk Salzburg (Austria).Organization of the
Literadio archive concentrates on literature mainly out of the mainstream in different languages - German, Slovene, English, Slovak and Italian. Each audio entry is combined with meta data information, which are available in the native language of the partners and in English. The content is produced by different organisations, who are full members of the Literadio association. Community radios (Radiofabrik and Agora from Austria, Mariborski radio Študent - MARŠ from Slovenia, Radio Z from Germany), publishing houses (folio Verlag located in Italy) and cultural associations (Ars Poetica from Slovak, aufdraht, Gecko Art and Media Wien from Austria) are working together.
All entries are available under the Creative Common Licence ( ), free for non commercial and not for profit use. Community radios revert to the archive to broadcast examples of contemporary European literature. Examples of the authors readings or discussions, reports of several literature events are easily available.Utilization
Additional to the audio samples of contemporary literature Literadi website (or presents practical methods and examples of multimedia projects to be used in education, especially for literature lessons in schools.
On Literadio website you may browse through the different genres of literature or search for authors. Special compilations are provided e.g. reports of Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fair, poetry slams in Germany or the Ars Poetica festival in Bratislava. Literadio presents live online radio as a stream, presenting new entries on the archive from the partners. Also pupils, students or private persons, who are interested on literature, are invited to use the acoustic online archive. Some of them utilise the possibility of the provided podcast feeds at the website, which are created automatically by the archive system.Technical support and further organization
The technical development was managed by Team Teichenberg, Verein zur Förderung von Kultur, Theorie, Forschung und Wissenschaft in elektronischen Medien. The archive system of Literadio is based on the Open Source Software StreamOnTheFly ( ). StreamOnTheFly creates the opportunity for Literadio members to set up an archive for their content and make it accessible for everybody with an internet connection.
In this way the Literadio archive is prepared to become part of the active Internet communities as the Wikipaedia Community. Literadio is based on the general principal of so called Citizen Journalism. In the year 2007 it will be possible to become member of the Literadio organization, which includes the right to manage an own archive and publish content.

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