Crossing boundaries of genres and nations
Chair: Franziska Ruprecht
The purpose of this workshop is to explore performances that combine
poetry with music and their impact on the European and global
The Spoken Word movement stems from diverse ancient roots.
Today, spoken word is performed on countless American stages, and it
is vivid in the underground art scene of many European and
international cities. In contrast to a conventional poetry
reading, the performance is as important as the text. Especially in
the last ten years, performance poets built up on the performativity
of language and now collaborate with musicians.
This is generally called "Spoken word music", a term yet largely
undefined: Is this a new musical genre? Does spoken word music
refuse categorization? Is it an idealistic movement, or a
marketing tool that promotes poets? What is the relation of these
artistsī collaborations to contemporary history? What is their
impact on a world growing smaller every day?
What are reasons for the
combination of poetry with music? What are examples? Electronic music,
hip hop, jazz: The choices made by poets depend on the tastes of their
time and culture. The art projects seem individual and unique, still
many influences are based in America. Do the spoken word artists
refuse cultural dictatorship and mass production?
Not only neurologists call music an
international language. Is spoken word music an emotional or
intellectual experience, or both? Can it dissolve national borders?
Does it rather cherish the national literary styles so selfishly that
people who cannot understand the language cannot grasp the spoken word
music of another country? The advantages of European identity relate
tot his question - but what are the chances and duties of artists in
The workshop is designed to place
collaborations of poetry with music in contemporary European and
international culture, and to promote exchange of art and artists.
This workshop encourages live performances, performances on media
during the academic presentations, and invites to take part in a
performance event in the evening after the workshop.
Papers presented at the workshop form the
basis of an edited book collection. Contributors will be asked to
present original work. Given the parameters established by ISSEI, the
workshop paper is likely to be shorter than the final draft submitted
for publication. Those interested in the workshop and its more
extensive purpose should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words
to the workshop chair.
Junior Year in Munich at
Ludwig Maximilians University Munich
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