The first Art Visuals & Poetry Festival took place on 17th of October 2011 at the 3raum-Anatomietheater. The first festival was dedicated to visualized literature. For the time being, the first own festival in a theatrical context enabled special features such as spatial concepts in the visuals. These possibilities were not available on a smaller scale or at partner venues on the road.
At the beginning Art Visuals & Poetry was an artist collective that experimented with the mix Spoken Word and High Culture (2010) and Live Visuals under the direction of Sigrun Höllrigl. This resulted in the first two Performance Poetry Festivals in 2011 and 2012. The visualists 4youreye were the defining artists of these years. In 2011 the visual artist starsky was added as a festival artist. Film was then just the second product of the live visualised performance poetry evenings.
>/ starsky working approach / starsky on visual poetry / ?
"The examination of language, writing, typeface and word images has always been inherent in my work. Mostly, however, it is my own texts, as in "80 questions about the world", or alienated phrases, as in the case of the propaganda machine or the random indoctrinator, which, in Dadaist distortion, return the phraseology of power spilling out of the media noise to precisely those places of power;In this case, it is about the interplay of two media, an author's reading together with a live video performance, with regard to the creation of hybrids: literary performance and poetry film. The challenge is, on the one hand, to create synergies and synaesthesias between the levels of language and image, the emergence of a whole, a kind of amalgamated but fleeting fusion of language and moving image; on the other hand, however, to give each medium its own space, its own adequate language, and to enter into a discourse between the participating media as well as between individuals, in which neither one translates the other, nor pictures or illustrates the other, nor does the one seem to be the illustrious accessory of the other, swaying along in the hubbub of events. A wild mixture, oscillating between delimitation and dissolution of boundaries, a discursive interplay: a game.