videopoesia di Melissa Diem

IRELAND, 2012, 3′ 21”

LA PAROLA IMMAGINATA 2013 (VI ed.) – opera in concorso

Presentazione del video da parte dell’autore | Presentation of the video (by author)

the one about the bird esamina l’attrazione umana per gli eventi orribili ed il desiderio di fermarsi e ricominciare di nuovo quando una situazione, una esperienza, l’umanità sembra essere andata così male che pare non esserci punto di ritorno. Il film è ispirato ad una scena di un film in bianco nella quale dei ragazzini uccidono un uccello colpendolo con dei sassi. Ho visto la clip di questo film quando ero ragazzina e le scene mi sono rimaste così impresse che non sono mai riuscita a dimenticarle.

“the one about the bird” explores the human attraction to horrific events and of the desire to stop and begin again when a situation, an experience, humanity… seems to have gone so horrendously wrong that it is beyond the point of return. The film was influenced by a black and white movie (source unknown) in which children stone a wounded bird to death. I saw this clip of film at a young age and the scenes and all they implied were so startling to me that I have never forgotten the images.

Poetry’s text

the one about the bird

And the birds the one about the birds
All you needed was a camera and you could shoot a film noir
hardly moving boiled down to two rooms, already rendered
in black and white at least it seemed that way
the unbearable tension and oppressive stillness of a Clouzot film
this is how they ended all the other players having left the scene
locked in and nowhere else to go
and they weren’t giving in to any other view than that of enemy,
contender, and combatant
this is how it starts, this is how you tear apart
then comes Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
and before you know it you’re watching Horror
it’s ‘Straightjacket’ and Joan Crawford’s wigging out
and coming at you with an axe
and then the birds start singing and picking at everything
and how relationships as flimsy as ticker tape won’t stop
anything it wasn’t like you could tap
them on the shoulders in cinematic strokes
with low key lighting and a confusion of angles
And the one about the bird mashed in black and white,
you know the one – kids circling round the playground
wounded bird and kids not knowing what else to do
when life and death mattered/didn’t so one threw the first stone
then another the next faster and faster until every child
all little girls and boys were throwing stones at the bird
and the weight of death is pressing us immeasurably to the screen
this is it, this is how it’s done this how we die and kill
in one scene and it occurs to me maybe we want to be that bird
beyond Joan Crawfords, Clouzots and playgrounds
and a call too late to call for help
because the story ends it ends

and just begin again

Melissa Diem