Between Poetry and Performance: Animating Poetry with Remy DavisonSaturday, February 27, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Live interactive workshop held via Zoom. (run time: 120 minutes)
How can visual design and motion enhance, augment, or reinterpret poetry? What do we gain, lose, or change when we move poetry from a written to audio/visual medium? In this workshop led by Remy Davison, we’ll explore different visual design techniques and how they intersect with animating poetry. This workshop focuses on the tactile process of creating visual narratives. While it’s tempting to start working digitally, we’ll get back to basics using storyboarding, color, typography, and timing to create new worlds within familiar poems. Participants will bring a poem by another writer to experiment with during the workshop.
This interactive workshop is geared towards writers and poets interested in beefing up their visual and kinetic design toolkit. Experienced visual artists and designers will likely find this workshop too introductory. This workshop will be held on Zoom; space is limited. Participants should have a poem to work with, paper for sketching, writing utensils, colored pencils or markers, internet, and a computer with the ability to download and open new font files. This workshop does not cover Adobe After Effects software. There is no cost to attend.
Remy Davison is a graphic designer, writer, and visual storyteller, whose work spans journalism, technology, and nonprofit organizations. Davison was the first recipient of the Victor Ng Design Impact Award for his project My Gay Love is Holy: stories from LGBT people of faith. The award honors design that advances social justice, promotes equality, and improves the human condition. He was also the lead designer and developer for ADA at 30, a local journalism collaboration which discussed accessibility in Pittsburgh 30 years after the Americans with Disability Act. Currently, he lives in New York City with his cat, Oreo.
Between Poetry and Performance is a virtual workshop series curated by Paloma Sierra, Emerging Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. The series invites writers of all experience levels to reimagine poetry through theater and film. How can these two mediums help us reclaim our voices, speak our minds, and connect with others? How do we push our words into motion, and thrust poetry towards action?