LYMS, 2009

In the video LYMS (which is a non-semantic word), I have solved the question of translation in a special way: words in different languages like spanish, french, german, english and scandinavian are put together. None of them have the same meaning, the viewer may just taste on the words. In the first part of the video all the words are starting with f. In the beginning the f’s are exposed in a way they constitute different pictures. The system of the expositions are based on how I made concrete poetry in the sixties. Instead of repeating them differently line by line, the new technology allows me to expose them differently through time. Then more and more letters are shown, until all the words are exposed.
Each viewer will have a different experience dependent upon their language background, and the ability to enjoy the poetic combination of the words and the visuality together with the music.

The second part is different. Here I use a combination of photos and pictures I have made just out of letters. (I’ve done the photowork in the darkroom, and then scanned). Some of the letter-pictures are from an exhibition of digital prints I’ve had in Oslo. Most of them are just made out of the sounds and the visual aspect, some are meaningful in a way, like the page with spanish words starting with a.


Animation: Vibeke Luther
Music: Hallvard W. Hagen and Jens Petter Nilsen (“Xploding Plastix”)
Script, photos and ‘letter-carpets’ by director and producer Ottar Ormstad
Format: 4:3, duration 07:40
Support: Norsk Forfattersentrum


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Videography LYMS, 2009

e-poetry2009, the 5th International Festival for Electronic Poetry, Barcelona, Spain 2009

Oslo Open (artist festival), Norway 2009

Oslo Screen Festival, Norway 2010

4th International Conference and Festival of the Electronic Literature Organization,

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Kurye International Video Festival, Istanbul, Turkey 2010

Hove Music Festival, Norway 2010

Mono, arr. by Norsk Forfattersentrum, Oslo, Norway 2010

ELMCIP Seminar, University of Bergen, Norway 2010

ZEBRA International Film Poetry Festival, Berlin, Germany 2010

PAN Museum, Palazzo delle Arti, Naples, Italy, Jan/Feb 2011

Cologne OFF, Goethe Institute, Kiev, Ukraine 2011

Cologne OFF, St. Petersburg, Russia 2011

Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece 2011

Fonlad Online Digital Arts Festival, Portugal 2011

Cologne OFF, Szczecin, Poland 2011

Cologne OFF, Riga, Latvia 2011

New Screen, Newcastle, England 2011

4th International Video Art Festival Camagüey, Cuba 2011

Conference on Translating E-literature, Université8, Paris, France 2012

Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, 25th Festival, Marseille 2012

Videobardo Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentine 2012

Oslo Poesifilm, Oslo, Norway 2012

DoctorClip, Rome Poetry Film Festival, Italy 2013

ZKM Center for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany 2013

TARP Festival, presented by ZEBRA in the Planetarium, Vilnius, Lithuania

Typemotion, FACT, Liverpool, England 2014

Typemotion, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan 2015