Out of Kassel, Germany, Jurgen Olbrich has been a juggernaut in mail art, performance art, and conceptual installation since the early 1980s. Receiving an envelope from him stuffed with postcards and other ephemera always made my day. It's been a delight to reconnect with him this year. Life's long yet a decade's absence abcesses.
In the 1980s, SCORE published several pages of Jurgen's autopoems (see here). Jurgen writes these poems by transcribing the license plates that pass him during a thirty minute period. Below are two recent autopoems, the first composed in Berlin, the second in Frankfurt. Not only conceptual poems (preceding and surpassing the Goldsmith tedium), both also offer up themselves as sound poetry scores.
I can’t read flarf manifestos. I’ve read more flarf manifestos than I should have.
I love the creation story of flarf, similarly conceived by at least one high school literary magazine staff I know of. I impatiently await the death of flarf.
I love some flarf poems (I laugh in my love, I lose myself in laughter, wonder why flarf poets don’t become flarf stand-up comics, wonder why anyone would want to be identified as flarf anything, but then that’s the flarf of it).
I hate some flarf poems, process worn thin on poem's chest like a worn plastic convention badge.
I rue the distraction. I love the distractions, dialogues, diatribes. I hate the Sisyphysean debates.
I resent the short-sightedness, the claims of originality for 50 year old cut-up techniques.
I love the brashness.
I hate the exclusiveness: we did this first and foremost.
I love the inclusiveness: anyone can do this. Even the aforementioned high school literary magazine staff. Even my eight year old cat.
I love the movement even if it doesn’t ultimately move.
I’ll love what it meant even when I no longer read what it means.
1- My new experimental, sound, visual poetry work "An Iranian Rose is an
Iranian Rose is an Iranian Rose" / 2009 ( http://arteonline.arq.br/neda/ ) is
participating of the Project Pantea's Rose by Deb King
July 25th is a
'Global Day of Action in Unity with the People of Iran.'
intends to be a simple show of solidarity, of shared humanity, with the
mothers, fathers and children, the artists, academics and working people of
Iran. Considering the importance the internet has been to the Iranian
people's communication with the outside world, a net action take place is
FILE 10 NURBS
PROTO 4KT is the title of the FILE 09 exhibition that takes place in São
Paulo, Brazil, from July 28 to August 30, 2009 at the Fiesp - Ruth Cardoso
Cultural Center, from July 28 to August 30, Monday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday to
Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
This year, we have
the honor to present FILE 10 -- ten years of events accomplished in the city
of São Paulo, ten years of discussion on art and technology in
The 10th edition of FILE - Electronic Language International
Festival - the major art and technology festival in Brazil and Latin
America shows a great diversity of national and international research
and productions. In this 10th edi tion 300 artists participate -
among groups, collectives and individual works - from more than
30 nationalities, with productions in the areas of digital
CAFÉ COM PÃO
"Café com Pão: coffee with bread,
experimental visual/sound poetry by the artist Regina Pinto ." Tags:
Manuel Badeira, Trem de Ferro, Henri Bergson, Interactive, Digital poetry,
Sound Poetry, Visual poetry, New Media, Web art, experimental, literary,
programming, movies, photos, Regina Célia Pinto, Bruno Ferreira Pinto
(voice), Brigitte Neufeldt (voice), Myron Turner (voice), poetics,