This week we continue our series in which we present videos from the online platform MIXTAPE. This project is a collaboration of the “SARDAM interdisciplinary literature festival” and the Cultural Section of the Cyprus High Commission in the UK and is aiming at showcasing the work of Cypriot and international writers-performers. MIXTAPE offers a taste of several trends related to literature and literary performance, including videos of spoken word (slamming), sound poetry, visual poetry, literature in relation to video art, literature about sound/music, as well as conversations about writing and literary performance and an online creative writing workshop.
In her contribution, the Greek-Cypriot poet Avgi Lilli connects Poetry and Video. The footage for “An evening in June” allows a view of what could be a river or lake at first, before we find out that it´s a (run down) outdoor pool which was actually being filmed. The scene is accompanied by a poem, which is read by the author in Greek, with English subtitles on the screen.
Avgi Lilli publishes poems in greek and writes scripts for short films. MIXTAPE describes her work as follows: “As a poet she focuses on the deconstruction (“distillation”) of language and meaning, while also exploring the multidisciplinary aspects of poetry and its interaction with visual and performance art.” You can find the video for “An evening in June” here.