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New Release: Film Poems by Redell Olsen

Posted on 25/03/2014

...it somehow seemed to be in a different location each time I went lost it was hidden somewhere in the bushes lost never came across it at all lost or perhaps found it and lost could never find their way back lost...


Redell Olsen's first publication with Les Figues Press, Film Poems will be released on 20 May 2014


In Film Poems, readers find themselves with author Redell Olsen on the cutting-room floor of discourse, weaving together a manifesto of conceptual poetry that demonstrates the skipping and scratch of language. Just as really “seeing” a film is to experience our own vision—the technology that is always mediating our sight—really “reading” (a particular form of seeing) is to experience our own language as a constantly shifting medium; meanings emerge through ceaseless splicings and cuts. Film Poems brings together Olsen’s “Film Poem” works written for performance and installation in relation to films made and appropriated by her between 2007-2011. The five sequences splice together a range of contextual references from London landmarks, lace manufacturing, synchronized swimming, and the history of camouflage. Words unfold on the page as a film unspools from a reel, with particular attention paid to etymologies and polyvalences, to the process and performance of meaning-making and its relationship to physical manufacturing. “Words are the film between what is said and seen,” writes Olsen, “and also the means of writing thatsomething burning in the projector called language.”


More information is available on the Les Figues website here


Praise for Film Poems:

For Olsen, the everyday stuff is theatrical, metaphoric, and a mark upon the world, that can evanesce in a moment, that has no absolute but is always partial and constituent, like the film frame, part of the creation of reality, part of the gathering of energies and atmospheres, images and scenes through which we move.

—Abigail Child


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