Meet the Speakers
Destination – ‘Acoustic Poetry’ as a creative journey and destination
When Cavafy talks through the poem ‘Ithaka’ – ‘Ithaki’ (1911) about the homeward journey of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey we get the feeling of both the journey, and all the trials and tribulations he will face on the way there and back, as well as the satisfaction of reaching the destination, his home. Of course this reflection on/about the journey/destination has troubled crerative people for centuries, Do we create and do things for the journey/ the ride or is there an end-game, a place to reach, a target and destination? In works of creativity over the last five decades, I have journey across/through/with all kinds of platforms, genres, styles, subjects and creations and the act of creativity never ceases to amaze me through the evolution of things. In creative subjects like songwriting and poetry, initially it felt better not to have a desired destination and the preferred option was just to do it. Therefore, it just came out as it came out. However, is that really enough when visualizing something in your mind like say making an album of songs from beginning to end? Although we make sound, we produce it, visualizing it, as a body of work is central to its development, completion and success. Having a phrase in mind, visualizing singing it live as a desired destination can take you where you are from, to where you want to be, as a destination. Additionally developing the visuals for the music is always the hardest part of the equation but resolving that issue, reaching a final image for a release cover is just as liberating and important as recording the songs. That start/spark of inspiration, seeing it, saying it, conceptualizing, making it, can even take you to that destination and back. I will elaborate on this idea through reflections on my recent body of work ‘Acoustic Poetry’ – which has been a life long journey and….destination.
Mike Hajimichael teaches Communications and is the head of the department at the University of Nicosia. Media representation and popular music, citizen media, colonial literature, applied ethnomusicology, and semiotics are all areas that interest his studies and research. His most recent book, “Bob Marley and Media Representation and Audiences” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023), has been promoted at academic conferences and keynote addresses all around the world, where he has been asked to speak, including The 26th Annual Bob Marley Lecture at The University of West Indies in Jamaica (2023). Haji Mike, the stage name under which he performs as a poet, musician, DJ, radio host, and author, is well-known all over the world. His writing and research over the past two decades have benefited greatly from these experiences.