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Finnish vispo: Kokoomateos

Why Finland? Why visual poetry? Why Kokoomateos?

There’s a stir going on, a textual free-for-all, a visible shift in how language is being handled in response to the machines in our lives. This is not unusual. We have seen it before: the way in which technology affects the environment that created it. In Finland, visual poetry, in some way, sprang up almost fully formed. There are few antecedents that point to its appearance, yet here it is.

Mari Laaksonen

My interest in visual poetry (or video poetry) began when I started doing performances. I’ve been quite interested in the possibility of writing between picture and text. It is a process of learning how to read this relationship: how text changes the picture and vice versa. I work by taking textual metaphor and breaking it down to its concrete DNA level. — Mari Laaksonen


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J.P. Sipilä

What I do is videopoetry where video and sound are not mere reflections of certain poems, but a puzzle or juxtaposition of the three elements (video, sound, and text). A good videopoem creates a new overall poetic experience from the three elements used. For me the video is the paper and screen is the mouth of my poetry. — J. P. Sipilä


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