Tiny Little Stories As An Attempt To Un-Define Video Art by Marc Mercier

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Tiny Little Stories As An Attempt To Un-Define Video Art

The essential goal of video art is to broaden the idea that you may
have of the poet’s work, to show that the poet is not this soft curly lamb which
goes bleating lyrical and enamoured rhymes.

Poets are those who resist Poets are those who take part in re-
enchanting the world, those who make the Verb of the new electronic machines

sing Poets are those who bite off the strings of all borders to make

violins out of them, those who smite the mountains with their giant’s hands to

make the frenetic forests dance, those who drown the rooted shadow of
injustices in the oceans, those who shout, those who cry, those who laugh,
those who brush the manes of the planets, those who paint the mouth of
volcanos, those who say yes, those who say no, those who erect

barricades of stars          so as not to sink into oblivion.

Nothing can exempt life from being absolutely fascinating. Say the untold.

Show the unseen. Experience the unexperienced. Adopt the language of

the mute against the nationalist twittering of bayonets.

Become a poet. Burn your papers. Amaze yourself. Amaze us. Thunder,
be stormy. Brush the dark sky with the lightning’s graph and thus you’ll be
electricity fays.

What is electronic poetry ? A writing of vertical images. A weapon against
humiliation. A fine concern. The language of birds. A cart of stars. A cascade of
silvery words. The vantage point of passionate love.

I hope you are madly    loved.


Let’s raise reality to the level of our dreams. Let’s raise our dreams to the level
of the indistinguishable. Let’s become light. Let’s rise in the west. Let’s set in
the east. Let’s exclaim the cardinal points 
! Let’s abolish geographical

punctuations ! Let’s dazzle the North ! Let’s build the igloos of the South !

Long live the international of wounded seagulls. Let’s keep alive the memory

of the downtrodden of History. Let’s de-internet-ize our thoughts and
our bodies.
Let’s become grave and joyful.

The electronic poet is a fighter. He doesn’t negotiate with the moonlight of hope.

He struggles in spite of everything. He doesn’t complain. He
lodges a complaint turning his back on all courts. He unbolts all the prophets.

Electronic poetry is the university of the poor. It’s learning how to count
with grains of rice. It’s learning how to write with swallows’ beaks. It’s learning
how to read with suburban dust. It’s learning how to sing with a revolutionary

Friends, grave and joyful, let’s wander. Let’s invent a Gaya

Scienza.    Utopia doesn’t consist in doing something different, but in
doing differently. Let’s touch the images that touch us. Let’s invent new
cartographies, new human landscapes. Let’s peruse the books of bruised
bodies, let wounds surface in writing, let’s frolic with the life of all rebels, of all
insurgents. Let’s spread our distress like the wings of thunderbirds. Our
electronic poetry will be a 
fluttering of images in the sky of video, an
absolutely unpredictable flight of pixels.

The electronic poet hacks off the barbwires of thinking. He takes handfuls of
seconds which he throws on the grave stone of all the unknown executed by
firing squads. He blows through the mouthpiece of trumpet-clouds all the
minutes of silence. He remembers the future of all forms of resistance. His
watch is ahead of that of the stars
. Cognition is the ignition of
existence with. Thus he knows the future. He is waves and particles. Every one
of his works is a 

If I offer you my humility, don’t steal my pride. You see, electronic


poetry is a laboratory of life. A place where you experiment the possibilities of
vacuity, of a complete blank, of nothingness. A space of solitude extraordinarily
crowded. You entrench yourself in your images in order to 
multiply yourself.

Your video screen is a bed. Your images are undone sheets. You either

play dead or you make love interplay.

Resistance, my fine concern. Oh drizzling stars in the dark. Oh multitude of
luminous dots on a screen. An electronic poem is a passing star. Its language

turn me at the same time into a barbarian, a savage and a

civilized. I shine. I mumble. I roar. I fly. I break. I love in full voice. I love
more. I love again.

I invent formulas, T.S. Television-Slavery; V.L. Video-Liberty. I choose

neither my channels nor my shackles. Oh music without metronome. Oh cello
without conductor. I’m in search of time regained. For a long time I will get up
I am a tardy chrysanthemum.

I am a liberation army of personal pronouns. I pierce sentences and

images so that they leak. Oh resistance don’t leave me. Hang around your

neck this necklace of magnetic pearls I picked for you. You are a tip of

present which springs from the layers of the past.

Oh my concern, oh my pain, come with the overflowing of all silences,
undo the corsage of all obviousness. Oh my resistance, settle down at an

editing table and engrave on the pediment of time the name of all the

battles which were each time the dawn of a new grammar. Be the air

traffic controller-maquisard. Combine the flight of stars. Don’t cry, don’t

caugh “cough”, don’t shout, listen to the silence of the deaf stone
that is
 watching you                  .
The poet-engineer will cut the rope which links sound and images.


Then the micro-seagulls will take off. Then the wind will splash us

with a collective peep. Then the trees will singsong the sky’s

sidewalk chant. Then we will listen to the rainfall of the clouds’

cobblestones. We will write the electronic graffiti of our

story under the aegis of migratory birds.
Oh resistance, my fine concern. I salute you. I hope you are

vertiginously    loved.