"Correspondences" is a work for video and computer music that acts as a translation of Charles Baudelaire's famous sonnet "Correspondances” from Les Fleurs du mal. I call this work an audiovision because the translation deals with sounds and images rather than words. My reading follows the poem’s structure and overall gesture, pivoting around certain formal elements, especially the white spaces separating the strophes and the expressive dash punctuating the first tercet. But form encloses meaning. The sonnet as a whole serves as the basis for a more extended meditation on time, memory, and the materiality of poetry itself: something both written and spoken, though often half-remembered, like a dream.
image & sound: Butch Rovan