From Concrete to Sound Poetry: The Idea of the International Network
Both Concrete Poetry and Sound Poetry—one on the page, the other on the stage—aimed to communicate beyond the national and linguistic borders of every poetic tradition. This idea brought the poets to build an international network based on magazines, festivals and other public events, some decades before the massive use of internet, and this is one of the biggest achievements of both movements or genres. After the Second World War many poets were forced to overpass national and linguistic limits, to look and think the world in a different way, using mass media strategies and all the technical and technological facilities. Through Concrete Poetry and Sound Poetry, images, performance and sounds gave poetry a new opportunity to connect with people all over the world and act as a political statement.
Performance by Eduard Escoffet:
representation of Escoffet’s personal practice os audio-visual poet.
Biography Eduard Escoffet
As a poet, he has worked in different facets of poetry (visual and written poetry, installations, oral poetry, poetic action), but he has focused his interests on sound poetry and poetry readings. Apart from being involved in Barcelona's counter-culture scene, he has also performed in poetry festivals and events all around Europe, in China, the United States, South Africa and many countries in Latin America. Since 1999 he has presented his work in Centre Pompidou, Fondation Cartier, Polyphonix and Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Poesiefestival Berlin, Roma Poesia and Sonar (Barcelona), amongst many others.
He is also a co-founder of the platform projectes poètics sense títol - propost.org (1996-2016). He was co-director of Barcelona Poesia (Barcelona Inetrnational Poetry Festival) between 2010 and 2012, and director of PROPOSTA, a festival of sound poetry and contemporary poetry at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (2000-2004), amongst others. He teaches at the University of Barcelona on sound poetry and extended vocal techniques.
He has published the poetry collections Gaire (2012), El terra i el cel (2013) and Menys i tot (LaBreu, 2017), as well as the artist’s book Estramps with Evru (2011). He published two records with the electronic music band Bradien, Pols (2012) and Escala (2015) and curated with Eugeni Bonet the film series Coming Soon on This Screen: Letterist Cinema, between Discrepancy and Revolt at the MACBA, Barcelona (2005). He has collaborated with artists such as Lydia Lunch, Anne-James Chaton, Carles Congost, Joan Morey and Massive Attack.