Poetry Installations and activities

The Interactive Installation Water on Paper.

Saturday, Sep 26 - Sunday, Oct 17

It is an installation of water-writing paper with texts from Guan Guan’s playful poems, where viewers are allowed to freely continue the verses.  The words, written with water by viewers, are evaporated and disappear within about 5 minutes, and the re-emptied space is ready to be filled with words again, also encouraging the participants to take a photo of what they create and upload it online to make a unique TPF check-in wall.

 

 

Between Light and Shadow: Screenings of Post-war Literature-themed Movies in Germany

Sunday, Oct 3, 10:30-20:00 @ 2F, Multifunctional Salon, SPOT-Taipei │

The screenings of five literature-themed documentaries of post-war German poets, including Gruppe 47, Nobel laureates Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass, the much-loved poets Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann, spotlight the development of modern German literature after World War II.

* Admission to “Between Light and Shadow: Screenings of Post-war Literature-themed Movies in Germany ” is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available on Sep 17, 12:00pm. Limited to one ticket per person at KKTIX (https://2021taipeipoetryfestival.kktix.cc/events/moviesgermany).

Documentary│

Vom Glanz und Vergehen der Gruppe 47

Andreas Ammer|Germany|2007|44 mins|Blu-ray

The documentary brings us back to a time when Gruppe 47, an association of German-speaking writers, nourished a generation of future legendary literary figures and encouraged the postwar development in art and literature.

 

Porträt von Ingeborg - Ähnlichkeiten mit Ingeborg Bachmann

Angelika Kellhammer|Germany|2014|44 mins|Blu-ray

Ingeborg Bachmann, an erudite and multilingual Austrian writer, has multiple faces: a charming feminist, rebellious lover, and versatile poet.  The kaleidoscopic world of her inner self emerges in the film for us to feel the inspiration in her literary work.   

 

Paul Celan - Dichter ist, wer menschlich spricht

Ullrich H. Kasten, Hans - Dieter Schütt │ Germany │ 2015 │ 53 mins │ Blu-ray

Praised as one of the most important post-war Jewish poets, Paul Celan had a life of endless suffering and frustration especially with the traumatic years in the concentration camp, while he could only find a shelter in writing before he eventually killed himself.  The inner struggle to survive and the family in the ordeal are narrated by his son in the film.

 

Schrieb ich Buch nach Buch - Zum Tod von Günter Grass

Dagmar Wittmers │ Germany │ 2014 │ 45 mins │ Blu-ray

After publishing the bestselling Die blechtrommel, Günter Grass became one shiny star of Gruppe 47, but his history with Nazi made him a target in the past decades.  The documentary reveals how he sees his role, quite controversial indeed, as a writer and his uncompromised left-wing stance.

 

Heinrich Böll zum 100. Geburtstag

Tina Srowig │ Germany │ 2017 │ 43 mins │Blu-ray

As believed by Heinrich Böll, a writer should not avoid politics.  The documentary closely examines how the Nobel laureate uses his words to reflect on the corruption of the society, despite of the attack from the mainstream media, as well as the imposed multiple labels such as anti-fascist, pacifist, and ​humanitarian.

 

 

The Songs and Poetry that Make the Souls Alive: Yu Pei Jen+ Klaire Wu

Saturday, Oct 9, 19:30 │

Music in today’s world, with its rich energy and unique personalities, transforms the least musical poems through the most creative approaches it has inspired. The concert features two celebrated songwriters/stage actors to theatricalize a new voice for the works by their favorite modern poets.

* Admission to “The Songs and Poetry that Make the Souls Alive: Yu Pei Jen+ Klaire Wu ” is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available on Sep 17, 12:00pm. Limited to one ticket per person at KKTIX (https://2021taipeipoetryfestival.kktix.cc/events/songspoetry).

 

 

Closing Event: Special Screening of He’s Still Young

Sunday, Oct 10, 13:30 @ SPOT Cinema , SPOT-Taipei│

The documentary follows the artistic life of Wu Cheng, with his plain poetry rooted in the land, to the rural Taiwan as well as Iowa and Canada, also revealing how the fighter-poet involving in the political turbulence transforms the anger into a serene faith in literature. 

* Admission to “Closing Event: Special screening of He’s Still Young ” is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available on Sep 17, 12:00pm. Limited to one ticket per person at KKTIX (https://2021taipeipoetryfestival.kktix.cc/events/wusheng).