Engaged Visuality: The Italian and Belgian Poesia Visiva Phenomenon in the 60s and 70s
Organized by Maria Elena Minuto (Université de Liège; KU Leuven) and Jan De Vree (M HKA Museum, Antwerp) fifty-one years after Lotta Poetica foundation.
July 7, 2022, 09:00 am – 6:00 pm (Academia Belgica, Rome. Sala Conferenze)
July 8, 2022, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza”, Rome. Aula Odeion, Museo dell’Arte Classica)
Conference language: English, French, and Italian. Open to the public.
The symposium will be fully recorded and made available in the following months through the website of the M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp.
In a historical and cultural moment, in which poetry could present itself as 'phono-, ideo-, typo-, icono, photographical; mono-, stereo-, quadro-, ambiophonic; phonographic, bioscopic, kinetic; kinesic, eatable, odorous, tangible' (H. Damen, 1972), the 'esoeditorial' and countercultural experiences of Italian and Belgian visual poets drew a cutting-edge roadmap within the wider and multifaceted context of neo-avant-garde experimental poetry of the 1960s and 1970s by creating a unique model of interdisciplinary cooperation where verbivocovisual research, media discourses, and social criticism strongly converged.
Combining insights from the fields of art history, literary criticism, and media studies, Engaged Visuality investigates the impact of new media, political imagery, and semiotics on poesia visiva phenomenon by focusing on a bilateral case study rarely analyzed from a comparative and transcultural perspective: the foundation of the international poetry magazine Lotta Poetica (first series: 1971-75) by Sarenco and Paul De Vree, i.e., the aim of Italian and Belgian interartistic exchanges, co-authored initiatives, and cross-disciplinary inquiries. Scholars, artists, and poets are invited to prompt a cross-disciplinary, dynamic, and international debate on the issues, and to examine an outstanding and collaborative editorial project that reflects the scope and the importance of Italian and Belgian cultural transfers in the 1960s and 1970s, deepening the historical and critical understanding of its legacy in the history of neo-avant-garde visual poetics.
Image description: A black and white photo of a crowd, with white overtype in capital letters saying 'Makes' and two circles underneath, one with the word 'Hys-te-ria' inside and one with the word 'His-to-ry'.
Image credit: Paul De Vree, Hysteria Makes History, 1973. Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community © M HKA
Dirk De Geest (KU Leuven)
Nancy Lynn Perloff (Getty Research Institute)
Kevin Repp (Beinecke Library, Yale)
Annalisa Rimmaudo (Musée national d’art moderne -Centre Pompidou)
Carla Subrizi (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)
Claudio Zambianchi (Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma)
Giorgio Zanchetti (Università degli Studi di Milano).
G. J. de Rook
Florian Mussgnug (UCL London)
Emanuela Patti (University of Edinburgh)
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi (MAXXI, Roma)
Franca Sinopoli (Università degli Studi ‘La Sapienza’ di Roma)
Francesca Terrenato (Università degli Studi ‘La Sapienza’ di Roma)
Royal Holloway University of London– Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture
Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma – Department of History, Anthropology, Religions, Art History, Media, and Performing Arts
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Yale University)
Université de Liège, Belgium – Department of Modern Languages and Department of Historical Sciences
KU Leuven, Belgium – Department of French, Italian and Spanish Literature
Università degli Studi di Milano – Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment.
Academia Belgica, Rome
M HKA Museum and Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
The Society for Italian Studies (SIS)
The Centre Interdisciplinaire de Poétique Appliquée (CIPA, ULiège)
The Service d'histoire de l'art de l'époque contemporaine (SHAÉC, ULiège)
The UR Traverses (ULiège)
The Handling (UCLouvain)
The Collection for Research on Artists’ Publications - CRAP, Ekeren.
Jan BAETENS (KU Leuven)
Julie BAWIN (Université de Liège)
Laurence BROGNIEZ (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Michel DELVILLE (Université de Liège)
Jan DE VREE (M HKA Museum, Antwerp)
Elio GRAZIOLI (Università degli Studi di Bergamo)
Maria Elena MINUTO (Université de Liège; KU Leuven)
Johan PAS (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp)
Giuliana PIERI (Royal Holloway University of London)
Kevin REPP (Beinecke Library, Yale)
Bart VAN DEN BOSSCHE (KU Leuven)