Ekphrasis

A creative writing assignment for Intermediality

In this timeline we present the artistic endeavors of some of our students as created in the context of our course Intermediality. The first assignment we want to showcase here (more will follow later) is called Ekphrasis. After a guest lecture by painter Joost de Jonge, students were asked to formulate a creative response to a video by Ira Schneider. I introduce the concept of Ekphrasis here and place it in the context of intermediality theory, and set out the specifics of this assignment. You find the video by Schneider below, as well as the top three of creative texts, which will be published in an art book by De Jonge. This is an example of what we do in Online Culture's track Art in the Public Sphere.

The Ekphrasis Project

The poems

Ceilidh Newbury’s text is in-between spoken word text and analysis;

Laura Thomas has written two poems, one in Dutch and one in English, which enter into a productive tension. In the words of Esther Porcelijn, “the first is more tense and has a ‘propulsive’ quality, whereas the second one is calm, as if someone has surrendered”.

Mariska van Schijndel makes innovative use of symbolism and embeds hyperlinks in her text, which add a fitting soundtrack to her poem. She thematizes how a ‘natural’ image like water becomes digitized, with all the ‘errors’ that can occur in the process.

These ekphrastic responses will soon be published in the third and latest volume of De Jonge’s series An Ekphrastic Notion, titled Painted Poetry and Painterly Poetics.

References

Brillenburg Wurth, Kiene. “Tussenbeide: differentie, intermedialiteit, en het wonder van het monomedium.” Vooys 2004. 22-36.

Higgins, Dick. “Intermedia.” 1965.

De Jonge, Joost. Painted Poetry andPainterly Poetics. An Ekphrastic Notion Vol. III. Ljubljana: Versopolis, 2018 (forthcoming).

Rajewsky, Irina O. Intermedialität. Stuttgart: A. Francke UTB, 2002.