“Feasts of Fear and Agony”: of expressionist poetry to kinetic typography.
When Paul van Ostaijen wrote his ‘Feesten van angst en pijn’ (Feasts of Fear and Agony, 1918-1921), he was looking for a new language detached from narrative meaning. Through the use of handwriting, colours and experimental arrangements on the page, he suggests that his poetry does not necessarily have to signify anything concrete.
The Antwerp composer Bram Van Camp has been fascinated for ten years by this collection of poems. Because the text does not suggest any inherent meaning, he determined to flesh out the interpretation musically.
In order to reinforce the visual aspect of Van Ostaijen’s poetry, video artist Klaas Verpoest and typographer Jo De Baerdemaeker have created a distilled and synchronized performance of the handwritten poems.
Met de steun van de onderzoeksraad van de Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel