2016-11-05 - Bernard Heidsieck, the « Vaduz » poem and the migratory crisis

Exhibition + Event on Saturday, 5th November 2016, 3-8 pm
Artworks and books by Bernard Heidsieck (1928-2014) will be on display in the gallery.
Event (Performance+Video+Open Discussion) starts at 5 pm:

- Performance: Loré Lixenberg, mezzo-soprano, performs Bernard Heidsieck’s « Poème-Partition D3Z, sur 7 Métasignes de Jean Degottex » (1961)

- Video: Bernard Heidsieck performing « Vaduz » (1974, 12’), from Frédéric Acquaviva’s film « Tout autour de Bernard Heidsieck » (2002-2013, 119’)

- Open discussion: In his poem « Vaduz », Heidsieck starts from Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein, and lists one by one all the peoples and ethnic groups that can be find all around. Both a great humanist work and an extreme experiment of poetry-action, how can it be used as a tool to reflect on the current migratory situation?

curated by La Plaque Tournante (Frédéric Acquaviva & Loré Lixenberg) and Galerie Jordan/Seydoux

with the friendly support of the Institut français Allemagne

About Bernard Heidseick:
Bernard Heidseick (1928-2014) decided in the mid-1950s to break off from written poetry, and to bring it outside of books. He opposed passive poetry to active poetry, to an “on its feet” poetry, in his own words. Starting in 1955 he was one of the founders of Sound Poetry, and in 1962 of Action Poetry. As early as 1959 he used a tape recorder as an additional means for writing and retransmitting, opening his research to new experimental fields.

While remaining concerned with semantics, Bernard Heidseick became increasingly independent from the constraints of language. He explored all its formal aspects, either by spatializing the text in his written scores, or by the presence of his body in space. He gave sound a formal dimension, notably through an exceptional diction based as much on breathing as on articulating perfectly or on constantly renewing the inflections of his voice.

He organized in 1976 in Paris at the Annick Le Moine Studio the first International Festival of Sound Poetry, and along with Michèle Métail, the International Festival of Sound Poetry in Rennes, at Le Havre and in Paris at the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has made over 540 public readings of his texts in 20 different countries.