Saskia de Jong
(1973) is a "hyper-aware poet" (Piet Gerbrandy, Volkskrant). Her 2004 debut zoekt vaas (looks for vase) was nominated for the C. Buddingh Prize. According to the jury, she writes "enigmatic poems from which words and sometimes even entire phrases seem to have disappeared. [...] A stubborn language that one doesn't often hear and that does not leave one in peace." Her second collection, resistent (resistant, 2006) was followed by De Deugende Cirkel, gedichten en knipsels voor kinderen (The Virtuous Circle: poems and cut-outs for children, 2010). She also creates video installations in collaboration with visual artist Ine Lamers. In 2019, her poetry collection Het jaagpad op en af (Up and down the towpath) will be published.
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In order to protect ourselves, Radbout professor Martha Larson pleads for artificial ignorance: some data must be deliberately overlooked in IT. Eight authors made Larson's idea the starting point of their performance. They looked at technology in a different, creative way. What does technology reveal about its inventor? Also, the smart thermostat, the pacemaker and Google Maps may help us, but do they also define us? And what is the value of a digital error or failure?
Don't miss it: pupils of Scholengroep Johan de Witt and the Atlas Onderwijs Groep, The Hague. They read their own work expressing their greatest fear. They are inspired by poet Saskia de Jong, who visited their schools, and by closereading a great many poems. Alfred Schaffer presents the new poets. They then reveal themselves as interviewers, asking De Jong questions on stage about the secrets of her trade.
More pupil poetry: see Winternachten Friday night.
Come and see: Seven young poets from allover the world enter the stage as modern prophets. They will conclude this Winternight prophesying with a poem assigned by the festival. What kind of future awaits us? Tamiem al-Barghuti (Palestine), Lamis Saidi (Algeria), Violetta Simatupang (Indonesia), Saskia de Jong (Netherlands), Ester Naomi Perquin (Netherlands) and Gabeba Baderoon (South Africa) read and Osama Abdulrasol and Henk de Laat will improvise on the poems on ud and bass. The poets will also read from existing work. Yra van Dijk leads the (English) programme.