(c) October 2003 by Fluxus Heidelberg.
People who read books can easily explain what Poetry is. A poem is different from a story or essay because of its form. In literature it is quite well defined what a poem is, what an essay is or what a novel is.
And then there is the Visual Poetry. In this artform the writers/artists use letters and words to make visual images, some call it collages of texts, to make a message clear for the viewer. The roots of Visual Poetry lies in art-forms DaDa and Bauhaus on which already a lot has been published.
Litsa Spathi was working with Visual Poetry since the 1980s. Before that her poems were published in several publications (like the Anthology: "Hab gelernt durch Waende zu gehen" , ISBN 3-89244-064-6 , 1993). Litsa Spathi also collaborated with some important names in the field of Visual Poetry like Robin Crozier , Rea Nikonova , Serge Segay , Edgardo-Antonio Vigo , Guillermo Deisler and John M. Bennett. In the 1990s her works were published in magazines like PIPS , Edition YE, Mani-Art and Rampike. Also she illustrated several books with her graphic work. (more information in Litsa Spathi's Biography that is available online).
Fluxus Poetry is a new form where the Visual Poetry is integrated in the electronic world. Visual Poetry is normaly the end-result of a process. In Fluxus Poetry the build up of the Poem is visible as well. Normaly this can only be seen in a video-fragment or as a slideshow.
Within Fluxus Heidelberg Litsa Spathi writes her Visual Poetry and as a kind of Fluxus Performance. The poem is transferred into a Fluxus Poem which goes in these steps:
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