before the end of 2011 ‘Linguisticum I’ was released, the fourth
poetry video by Joey Bongers and Albert Hagenaars.
I’ is based upon an older video, made by Eurostudio B.A.BA in 1995, when
this multilingual project was part of Luxembourg Cultural Capital of
Europe. The link between ‘Linguisticum’ and this festival was realized
by Hubert Wellenstein of the Luxembourg based initiative Double You,
publisher of the book ‘Linguisticum’ in 1994.
The cycle Linguisticum, written in 1980, marks for Albert Hagenaars both an
end and a beginning. With these ten poems he chose definitively for
literature and closed the door on an active period in the arts as painter
and art gallery owner. ‘Linguisticum’ was first published in 1983 in
‘Op Komst’, an anthology of work by young Dutch authors, published by
In de Knipscheer, Amsterdam. In 1986 the whole cycle was included in
‘’Intriges’, the third poetry collection of Albert Hagenaars, also
published by In de Knipscheer. Shortly after the paperback edition
appeared, a bibliophile edition of ‘Intriges’ was issued.
In 1993, the poems appeared in I.E.
Magazine -an American cultural magazine, in both Dutch and the English
translation by Sandi Stromberg. In 1994 the book ‘Linguisticum’ was
published, in four languages, followed in 1995 by the CD with the same
text (original version): Albert Hagenaars
design: Mart Franken
book: Double You, Luxembourg