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FVPS Visits the University Library of Leaven, Belgium

 April 14, 2018 - University Library of Leaven, Belgium.  Photo Credit: Michiel Verbeek 

April 14, 2018 - University Library of Leaven, Belgium.  Photo Credit: Michiel Verbeek 

The 2018 Film and Video Poetry Symposium is proud to be included within The Creative Process, an exhibition currently on display within the University Library of Leuven in Belgium.  This exhibition is presented in collaboration with The European Conference for the Humanities. This show consists of work from organizations, writers, artists, from over 50 countries each contributing creative insights, stories, poems, artworks, films, essays, manifestos, dance works, and installation. Curator, artist, and academic Mia Funk of The Creative Process contextualized over 150 still images drawn from The 2018 Film and Video Poetry Symposium's official film line up.  The film stills from the Symposium's 2018 selection rooster are made up of over 80 experimental, essay, and poetry films and each are present within the exhibition. 

The Film and Video Poetry Symposium continues to be in collaboration with the international educational initiative The Creative Process. Through their participating writers, educators, film schools, and conferences, The Film and Video Poetry Symposium will advance the opportunity to develop, distribute, and celebrate poetry films by emerging talent and notable authors. The Creative Process Exhibition presented at the University Library of Leuven in Belgium closes on June 30, 2018 in order to prepare for installation within it's second venue University of Salamanca in Spain.

Currently, The Creative Process Exhibition features only still images from the 80 or so poetry films selected for the 2018 Film and Video Poetry Symposium.  Each image is presented as a projected element which includes the credits of the authors of the work, poet, filmmaker, or visual artists. Artifacts, art work, and historical documents pertaining to education, research and cultural exchange juxtapose the images projected within this creative environment.  Becuase the exhibition is within the University Library of Leuven in Belgium, certain restriction apply regarding sound. Though as the exhibition continues to tour it's venues will including gallery spaces and dedicated art areas that will allow full screenings from the Film and Video Poetry Society's archives.

The European Conference for the Humanities is hosted by the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven and KU Leuven Libraries. This years theme is “Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities”. Papers and discussions focus around (challenges connected to) digital scholarship and the dissemination and impact of the results of this research. The conference program features keynote lectures, conference papers, project presentations/ demos and a panel discussion, as well as the annual meeting of ECHIC and diverse networking opportunities. Keynote speakers are Jane Ohlmeyer, who is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History and Director of Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin, and Martin Paul Eve, who is Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London.  The Film and Video Poetry Society representatives attended the conference from April 4 through April 6, 2018.

The Creative Process exhibition will be presented within the University Library of Leaven in Belgium through June 30th, 2018

The 2018 Film and Video Poetry Symposium begins on April 26 through April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, Ca. For more information please click here.