Mixtape, a new online platform all about the art of words is now live, inviting logophiles to converse, explore and take part in workshops
‘Mixtape’ is an interdisciplinary literature platform, a collaboration between SARDAM interdisciplinary literature festival and the Cyprus High Commission in the UK. Live between November 19 and December 19, Mixtape aims to showcase the work of Cypriot and international writers and performers.
Revisiting Slam Poetry, which first appeared in the 1980s, and the rhythm of words by the Beat Generation in the 1950s, Mixtape (www.culturalchc.co.uk/mixtape) offers a taste of several trends related to contemporary literature and literary performance. This includes videos of spoken word (slamming), sound poetry, visual poetry, literature in relation to video art or sound and music, as well as conversations about writing and literary performance and an online creative writing workshop.
For a whole month, audiences can visit the platform and watch video performances by 11 artists. All of the performances (by Anthony Anaxagorou, Stella Voskaridou, Koraly Dimitriadis, Michael-Angelos Englezos, Maria A. Ioannou, Avgi Lilli, Pavlina Marvin, Erina Charalambous, Sergio Garau, Lola Nieto, Iga Maria Szczepańska) are pre-recorded and already available on the platform. Apart from that, the site also hosts conversations between writers that the public can follow. One of them is of SARDAM artistic director and Mixtpae curator Maria A. Ioannou in conversation with British Cypriot poet Anthony Anaxagorou. The other is a conversation between Cypriot writer and translator Maria Petrides with American writer and artist Shelley Marlow.
Audiences can also take part in a Zoom creative writing workshop on November 29 with spoken word artist, poet and publisher Anthony Anaxagorou. An established poet in Britain, TS Eliot Award-shortlisted and Guardian Book of the Year recipient, Anaxagorou will show participants how they can construct images in poetry to have them work as symbols and signifiers. They will also look at the role logic plays in poetry, and how to shape ideas in a non-linear way.
“A more performative, mixed-media approach to writing and reading has started to flourish,” writes curator Maria Antoniou, “encouraging writers to perform their work and/or collaborate with other artists in order to present it, thus stretching the boundaries of what literature is or can be in the 21st century, on the page, on the stage, and, in Covid-19 times, even online.”
Online interdisciplinary literature platform, a collaboration between SARDAM interdisciplinary literature festival and the Cyprus High Commission in the UK. November 19-December 19. www.culturalchc.co.uk/mixtape