Firefront

Satellite image of brown smoke from the NSW and Victorian fires hiding New Zealand. Source: BOM, 2 January, 2020.

As fires continue to burn vast swathes of Australia and the Federal Government continues to insist that it’s nothing much out of the ordinary, I was reminded of my poem Firefront which was originally published in The Inflectionist Review and then selected for The Best Australian Science Writing 2014. It also has been republished along with Questions of Impropriety in From The Ashes: A poetry collection in support of the 2019-2020 Australian Bushfire relief effort (ed CS Hughes, Maximum Felix Media, 2020). Of course, nothing can compare with the lived experience of those dealing with the fires.

Firefront

The proposition: 
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floodtide and more at the 8th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens.

I was very excited to attend the 8th International Video Poetry Festival in Athens in December 2019. On the first night, I did a live spoken word performance with my video floodtide; my video future perfect was screened; and another video Game Over – Grand Final Edition was shown as part of a collection curated by Marie Craven. On the second day, I took part in an extended symposium / workshop on how we make video poems, and then performed some of my own poems as part of the multi-media concert that night. The whole Festival was an amazing and inspirational experience!

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Video art in The Wrong

The Wrong is a massive international project of on-line digital art organised into a series of pavilions, embassies, routers and events running from November 2019 and potentially beyond that. I’m delighted to have videos in two different pavilions.

with my eyes closed: imaginary midline was one of the first videos I made, originally as part of not absolute, a collaborative exhibition I did in 2009. It’s been picked up for the in absentia pavilion of The Wrong. This collection is touring sites in Italy in 2019/2020.

Game Over: Grand Final Edition is part of Poetry + Video curated by Marie Craven, which has its own pavilion in The Wrong. This collection also will be touring during 2019/2020, including … Click here for more.

these days short-listed for 2019 Film Poetry Competition

“these are the days that were the days that would be the days…”
on the road, the long way home, with chrome and flashing lights and the danger of landscapes passing all too quickly… what did we see? what did we imagine? how will it end when control is lost?

My video these days was short-listed for the 2019 Film Poetry Competition sponsored by Poetry Film Live and was shown as part of The Big Poetry Weekend in Swindon, UK, on 4th October, 2019. The shortlist of 12 was selected from over 200 international entries.