Tue 11 October 2011

citybooks Charleroi and Chartres up and running

Musée de la Photo CharleroiTwo new citybooks participants have started their residencies this week. Dutch poet and poetry critic Erik Lindner travelled to Charleroi to start his citybooks-residency. He will participate in the daily life of this, to him still unknown, city until the 22nd of October. His impressions and experiences will form the basis of the resulting citybook. Language-wise he’ll feel right at home in Charleroi, Lindner lived in France for a while and his poetry collection Terrain (2007) was published in French. He was also the co-author of an anthology of Dutch poetry which was translated to French, titled Le verre est un liquide lent; 33 poètes néerlandais (2003). Lindner’s temporary home is an apartment provided by the Museum of Photography, citybooks-partner in Charleroi.

Lindner is not the only one with a citybooks residency this week, the Italian-Brussels cinemathographer Maria Tarantino is finishing up in Chartres. She worked there on the citybooks videoproject City One Minutes. Each film represents one minute of each hour in the city. Tarantino collaborates with Franck Perrot, director and teacher at the Chartres Lyceum, and is involving his students with the project. The City One Minutes will be part of their graduation project. In the spring of 2012 Maria Tarantino will return to Chartres to finish up the 24 one minute films with the same students.

During the upcoming months the results of the residencies in Charleroi and Chartres will appear on this website as e-books, podcasts and webtexts in Dutch, English and French. Keep track of all citybooks related news and events on Facebook and Twitter!



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