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Visual Poetry in Tresoar

‘Visual Poetry’ is a poetry exhibition open free of charge in the Tresoar reading room. Discover the beauty of the interface between language and image featuring four giant ‘poetry machines’: moving poetry installations highlighting the new work of four Frisian poets.

Tresoar’s ‘Visual Poetry’ project is part of the large-scale programme, Lân fan taal (Land of Language). It was decided to have Quatrebras, an experimental literary periodical in the Tresoar collection, serve as the starting point for the project. This periodical was published in the 50s and 60s by a group of Frisian students in Amsterdam who wanted to use their work and publications to question the cultural conventions of Friesland. The magazine’s explosion of creativity, its interdisciplinary approach to art, and its pleasure in experimentation still make Quatrebras surprisingly refreshing, even today.

Yet Quatrebras did…

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‘Visual Poetry’ is a poetry exhibition open free of charge in the Tresoar reading room. Discover the beauty of the interface between language and image featuring four giant ‘poetry machines’: moving poetry installations highlighting the new work of four Frisian poets.

Tresoar’s ‘Visual Poetry’ project is part of the large-scale programme, Lân fan taal (Land of Language). It was decided to have Quatrebras, an experimental literary periodical in the Tresoar collection, serve as the starting point for the project. This periodical was published in the 50s and 60s by a group of Frisian students in Amsterdam who wanted to use their work and publications to question the cultural conventions of Friesland. The magazine’s explosion of creativity, its interdisciplinary approach to art, and its pleasure in experimentation still make Quatrebras surprisingly refreshing, even today.

Yet Quatrebras didn’t just happen: it was an obvious response to the artistic climate of that era. Even long before then, poetic experimentation using the image of language and the language of image was nothing new for the international art scene. Strangely enough, however, this tendency to experiment, take the road less travelled, and think outside the box simply continued throughout the rest of the world after Quatrebras ceased publication but disappeared entirely in Friesland.

This is the reason why ‘Visual Poetry’ consists of three elements. First, the original Quatrebras magazine is displayed in a much larger format. Second, a double-sided LED screen suggestive of a moon landing, will display both the international and Frisian context of the visual-poetic experiments. Finally, four poetry machines will display new work by four Frisian poets (Eeltsje Hettinga, Elmar Kuiper, Grytsje Schaaf, Sytse Jansma) who are re-exploring the exciting interface between language and image.

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When

  • every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until December 31st, 2018from 10:00 to 22:00
  • every Saturday until December 31st, 2018from 10:00 to 21:00
  • every Sunday until December 31st, 2018from 10:00 to 18:00

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Prices

  • Free

Attributes

Additional Information Cultural Capital 2018

  • Type of event: Exhibition
  • Discipline: Storytelling, Knowledge
  • Main language: Language No Problem

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