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Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier er et nordisk forskningsnetværk støttet af Nordforsk 2004-2007. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgarde Studier vil styrke og koordinere mindre og spredte nationale forskningsmiljøer, bidrage til at fremme udveksling af viden om forskelle og ligheder mellem de nordiske lande og gøre nordisk avantgardeforskning internationalt synlig. Nordisk Netværk for Avantgardestudier afholder en årlig konference. Netværket danner også ramme for udarbejdelsen af De nordiske avantgarders kulturhistorie i 4 bind og et elektronisk arkiv for dokumenter fra de nordiske avantgarder. Det nordiske forskningsnetværk er en videreudvikling af det danske forskningsnetværk ”Avantgardernes genkomst og aktualitet” støttet af Det humanistiske Forskningsråd 2001-2004. Under forberedelse er et Europæisk Netværk for Avantgarde og Modernisme Studier, EAM, hvis første konference afholdes i Ghent, Belgien, maj 2008.

About the Network

The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2007. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies aims to support and coordinate small and dispersed national centres of research, help promote the exchange of knowledge about differences and similarities among the avant-garde currents and research in the Nordic countries, and make Nordic avant-garde research visible in a European and international context. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has a yearly conference. Within the Network an editorial group is preparing a four-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes and an electronic archive of documents from the Nordic avant-gardes. The Nordic network is an extension of the Danish research network ”The Return and Actuality of the Avant-Gardes” supported by the Danish Research Council 2001-2004. A European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, is under preparation and will have its first conference in Ghent in May 2008.
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Conference-report: From Concrete Poetry to Digital Poetry

Copenhagen, November 9-10 2006

See the complete program here.

The conference was organised by the Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies in cooperation with The Georg Brandes School and The Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies, Literature, and the Arts (KLIK). The papers from the conference will be published in a special-issue of Nypoesi.

Claus Clüver, Indiana University, gave two lectures: first "Post-Colonial Avant-Garde or Modernist Arrière-Garde?" where he focused on the poetic production of the “Noigandres” group during the “heroic phase” of Brazilian Concrete poetry, and secondly "II. The Noigandres Poets, Eugen Gomringer, and Concrete Art." where the work of the poets that gave the “Noigandres” it’s name, were compared to Swiss and Brazilian Concrete painting and sculpture.

Tania Ørum, University of Copenhagen, gave a lecture on Danish Concrete Poetry, and focused on the few important years in the 60’s when concrete poetry in Denmark was pioneered in the little magazine digte for en daler, and later continued it’s life in a modified version in the so-called ‘system poetry’.

Jesper Olsson, Stockholm University, based his lecture "Knead the Language, Manipulate the World: A Look at Swedish Concrete Poetry in the 1960s", on his phd-thesis Alfabetets använding (2005), and focused his paper on text-sound compositions and especially the three poets Öyvind Fahlström, Bengt Emil Johnson and Åke Hodell.

Anna Katharina Schaffner, University of Edinburgh, also based her lecture on her phd-thesis: "From Concrete Poetry to Digital Poetry", and focused on the reconception of poetic space and it’s poetics; how language on the screen differs from language on the paper.

Christian Yde Frostholm, writer and editor at AfsnitP, talked about "Digitalising Swedish Concrete Poetry" based on the, focusing on the aspect of establishing new technologies of reading, providing new concrete readings performed digitally.

Two contemporary writers were invited under the headline "Reinventing Concrete Poetry Today". Jesper Olsson introduced and interviewed the Swedish writer Anna Hallberg, who read from her work and talked about her poetics. Audun Lindholm, University of Bergen, provided a reading and contextualisation of the Norwegian poet Monica Aasprongs latest work, as Aasprong read and gave other examples from, and talked about the (unconscious) concrete poetry-legacy in her work.

The Danish concrete poet Vagn Steen, former editor of digte for en daler, wrapped it all up and completed a good conference by spontaneously performing some of his concrete-visual poems from the 60’ties onwards. There was a good attendance on the conference, and very lively discussions.

Martin Glaz Serup