The City Breath Project 2009

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The City Breath Project 2009

Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2013 12:31

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CITY BREATH Festival of Video Poetry and Performance. 4 South African cities.  20 short experimental films.  4 minutes each. Screened in Cape Town, London, Berlin, Edinburgh, Grahamstown, Vancouver, Marseille, and Johannesburg.

 

Participants: Anni Snyman & Erica Lüttich

I lost a poem, Johannesburg. Artist / director: Erica Luttich. Poet / artist: Anni Snyman. 3 minutes, 2009.

 

'This video poem laments the loss of slow significant contact that a vehicle bound city inhabitant experiences, but also exalts in the infinitely interesting stream of image, noise and thought that flows by. In the timeframe of the automobile, images, moments and themes repeat continually. This transforms the city into an experience of motion and rhythm, rather than locality.'

City Poems 2009

 

Towards the end of 2008 Kai Lossgott invited me to take part in the City Breath project. Since I know nothing about video, I was really relieved when Erica Lüttich agreed to collaborate with me. (‘Collaborate’ is a very generous term for my level of participation – she really created the entire video, while I made tea at the editing suite Linda de Jager kindly provided at rates artists can afford. Still, I am quite pleased with ‘our’ video poem. We are both keen photographers, and have been documenting our daily journeys around the city for several years. This process expressed our experience of Johannesburg through the filter of windscreen, traffic and weather interspersed with the flow of conversation.

An exploration of memory and motion. Both spatial orientation and the state of the body at the time of an experience influence focus, level of consciousness and recall. This video poem laments the loss of slow significant contact that a vehicle bound city inhabitant experiences, but also exalts in the infinitely interesting stream of image, noise and thought that flows by. In the timeframe of the motor vehicle, images, moments and themes repeat continually. This transforms the city into an experience of motion and rhythm, rather than locality.

poem

http://www.annisnyman.co.za/2010/content/artGallery/burnPoem.htm

video (original rendition)

http://www.annisnyman.co.za/2010/content/artGallery/burnVideo.htm

city breath blog

http://citybreathproject.blogspot.com/

city breath trailor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95T6zKttECU