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WRIT LARGE: Poem Fields and Motionpoems

November 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Writ Large is proud to present the Bay Area premeire of Stan VanDerBeek’s “Poem Fields” series (new transfers of these late-60s computer-generated works), as well as a curated selection of highlights from the Motionpoems series pairing poets with filmmakers, followed by a “Too Hot for Art Murmur” screening featuring karaoke-based works.

6:30 – 9pm at the Great Wall
8 – 10:30pm at B4BEL4B
184 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
8–9pm: Writ Large “Too Hot for Art Murmur” screening
9–10:30 Weird Allan Kaprow and Human Rights Karaoke program

Stan VanDerBeek’s “Poem Fields” series (No. 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7)
From 1964 through 1971, pioneering experimental filmmaker and artist Stan VanDerBeek worked with computer scientist Ken Knowlton on a series of films constructed using Knowlton’s BEFLIX computer language, which was based on FORTRAN. The films were programmed on an IBM 7094 computer, originally in black and white, with color added later by Brown and Olvey. Soundtracks to some of the pieces were provided by John Cage and Paul Motian, and others were computer-generated. The Writ Large screening at The Wall is the Bay Area premiere of these important works, made possible from new digital transfers by the VanDerBeek estate.

Motionpoems highlights
Motionpoems is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit working to broaden the audience for poetry by turning great contemporary poems into multimedia experiences. Motionpoems pairs prominent poets and filmmakers to create a new, hybrid form that “gives today’s best poems new life in film.” Writ Large presents a curated collection of highlights from the past six years of Motionpoems programming, including works by poets Laura Kasischke, Mark Strand, Catherine Pierce, W.S. Merwin, and many more.

Then at B4BEL4B, Writ Large and The Wall present an informal program of short video and online works that are too new, too challenging, or too weird to present on the Wall itself, culminating in a series of works that engage with the popular form of screen-based text known as karaoke. Audience participation is encouraged! Featuring works by Greta Snider, Weird Allan Kaprow, Alex Hovet, Rebecca Ora, Heath Schultz, Daniel Spangler, Run Wrake, and Anthony Fader.

Writ Large is supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and a Clorox Company Arts mini-grant.

photo from Writ Large 2015 by Sascha Seyschab


November 4, 2016
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Great Wall of Oakland
Broadway & W. Grand Ave, Oakland, 94612 United States