Literary Alchemy

Proiezione di Film e Conversazione

Literary Alchemy

Graphic design for a literary program, with words and geometric shapes in purple, green, red, and orange

This evening of readings and screenings wants to explore the challenges of transforming, adapting, and modifying text in relation to other media such as films, music, and podcasts. Adapting text often involves making specific choices to give the work another experiential quality. Narrative, storytelling, seriality, and other experimental adaptive solutions emerge from this creative moment.

Together with writers, directors, and musicians, we will experience their work through readings and screenings and discuss the necessary negotiations that were used to transform textual elements into something else. The form and function of textual adaptation is constantly evolving; the interconnectedness of media will direct the discussion toward thinking about adaptation as product and process.

Participants include writers Katie Kitamura (2024 Fellow), Claudia Durastanti (2015 Italian Fellow), and Chiara Barzini; directors William Oldroyd and Alexandra de la Mora; and composers Baldwin Giang (2024 Fellow) and Kate Soper (2024 Fellow).

The event will be held in English.

Spazio Supernova is a site-specific three-year art experiment, exhibition, and cultural space located in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. It will burn brightly for three years and then explode and disappear, hopefully leaving behind something new.


Introduction by Ilaria Puri Purini

Words to Listen

Claudia Durastanti reading

Kate Soper will show Unwritten Operas, a screening of readings from Virginia Wolf’s Orlando and David Markson’s Wittgenstein Mistress

Listening to I carry, a new work for experimental voice, instruments, and electronics with music by Baldwin Giang and words by Katie Kitamura. The work was premiered in early May in New York by the virtuosic ensemble Loadbang

Conversation with Katie Kitamura and Baldwin Giang, moderated by Claudia Durastanti


Words for Films

Reading by Chiara Barzini

Sequence of Dante y Soledad, directed by Alexandra de la Mora

Sequence of Eileen, directed by William Oldroyd

Transforming Text into Screen
Discussing the adaptation of The Marriage of the Red Fish by Guadalupe Nettel into Dante y Soledad, and the adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s book Eileen with directors William Oldroyd and Alexandra de la Mora, moderated by Chiara Barzini

Giorno e ora
martedì 28 maggio 2024
Spazio Supernova
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, 1A
Roma, Italia
Sponsor dell’evento

This project is made possible in part by the Fellows’ Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.