Poems & Videopoetry

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Born in Budapest, based in Montreal until 1983, Tom Konyves is one of the original seven poets dubbed The Vehicule Poets; his work is distinguished by Dadaist/Surrealist/experimental writings, performance works and “videopoems”. In 1978, he coined the term videopoetry to describe his multimedia work, and is considered to be one of the original pioneers of the form. He is the author of the newly released "Videopoetry: A Manifesto". Between 1983-2006, he was Executive Producer of AM Productions, producing numerous documentaries, music videos, as well as other corporate, educational and government multimedia productions. Konyves has initiated many public poetry projects, including Poesie En Mouvement/Poetry On The Buses (Montreal, 1979), Performance Art in Quebec,a six-hour TV series (Cable TV, 1980), Montreal’s first Concrete Poetry Exhibition (Vehicule Art, 1980), The Great Canadian Poetry Machine (Vancouver, Expo 86); he curated the screenings of videopoems at The Text Festival (Bury, England, 2010), and has given numerous poetry performances. Since 2006, he has been teaching screenwriting, video production, journalism and creative visual writing courses at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia.


Love Poems, Asylum Publishing 1976
Proverbsi (with Ken Norris) Asylum Press, 1978
No Parking, Vehicule Press, 1978
Poetry in Performance, Muses Co. 1982
Ex Perimeter, Caitlin Press, 1988
Sleepwalking Among The Camels, Muses Co. 1995
OOSOOM (Out Of Sight Out Of Mind)BookThug 2007

Videopoetry 1978-2010

    Sympathies of War (1978) 10 min.
    Mummypoem (Sympathies of War – a Postscript) (1978) 6 min.
    See/Saw (B&W) (1978) 15 min.
    Ubu's Blues: The First Voyage of the Vehicle R (1979) 18 min.
    Yellow Light Blues (1980) 15 min.
    And Once They Have Tasted Freedom (1981) 3 min.
    Quebecause (1982) 2 min.
    No Parking (1982) 10 min.
    Thus Spoke Tzarathustra (1983) 6 min.
    Sign Language (1985) 4 min.
    Percussion (16 mm film B&W) (1993) :30 min.
    Hopscotch (16 mm film B&W) (1993) :30 min.
    Poem for the Rivers Project (with Alex Konyves) (2004) 2 min.
    Beware of DOG (2008) 3:30 min.
    All This Day Is Good For (2010) 3:30 min.


    Official Selection:
    Manchester (The Text Festival)
    Budapest (Artpool)
    Berlin (Zebra Poetry Festival)
    Buenos Aires (Videobardo)
    Montreal (Cirque des Mots)
    Vancouver (Video Inn - British Canadian Video Exchange)
    Vancouver (Visible Verse)
    Calgary (International Spoken Word Festival)
    Edmonton (League of Canadian Poets)
    Washington, DC (Split This Rock Poetry Film Festival)
    Albuquerque, NM (Experiments in Cinema)