Special Armory satellite event co-presented by Opalnest and Audio Visual Arts (AVA), March 10-11, 2012

an audio walking tour of poets and poetry associated with the East Village. Narrated by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, it contains site-specific poetry, interviews with poets, archival recordings and music by John Zorn.

By Pejk Malinovski
with support from The Poetry Foundation

Opening Reception
March 9, 2012
7-9 PM

Exhibition Dates
MARCH 10-11, 2012
AAW Public Event: LES / Downtown

34 East 1st Street

In conjunction with The Armory Show Arts Week 2012, Audio Visual Arts and Opalnest is pleased to present “Passing Stranger” – an audio walking tour of poets and poetry associated with the East Village, created by award-winning radio producer Pejk Malinovski. The tour – narrated by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, with music by new music pioneer John Zorn ­– provides an anecdotal, digressive tapestry of the poetry that lived and continues to live in the neighborhood.

Through the 1940s and 50s American poetry was dominated by the high modernism of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. In the late 50s and 60s poetry changed dramatically, moving toward language that was looser, less formal, more open to politics and city life, sex and popular culture… more communal. Many of those changes took root in New York City’s East Village. The audio walk features commentary from key figures in the East Village poetry scene, including Richard Hell, Ron Padgett, Ed Sanders and Anne Waldman along with historical recordings of Joe Brainard, Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Koch. 

The walking tour ranges from the Bowery in the west to Avenue C in the east, Bleecker Street in the south and 12th street in the north. Stops include St. Mark’s On-the-Bowery, W.H. Auden’s old apartment building, Tompkins Square Park, Allen Ginsberg’s old building, the Bowery Poetry Club and more. Each stop presents a montage of poetry, interviews and archival recordings relating to that particular place.

From March 10th to 11th, as a part of the Armory Arts Week’s Downtown Satellite Event, Passing Stranger will be displayed at Audio Visual Arts Gallery in the East Village as a multimedia installation.

I became interested in the New York School poets on a trip to New York in 1997. I was drawn to the exuberance, colloquialism and edginess of these poets, their deep knowledge of and complete disregard for tradition, their indifference to conventional ideas of high and low culture. A breath of fresh air, that blew all the way across the Atlantic. Later…I moved to New York, and found myself in the East Village, where many of those poets still live and give readings. As I got to know more about the neighborhood, and some of the poets, the idea of the audio tour slowly took form.” – Pejk Malinovski

The audio file and a map outlining the route can be downloaded at www.eastvillagepoetrywalk.org and allows the user to take the tour using their own mp3 player. The tour is about 2 miles and 95 minutes long.

The tour will be officially released during national poetry month, April 2012. There will be a reception and live reading at the Bowery Poetry Club on April 14th, 6.7.30 pm.

Poets include:
Kenneth Koch, Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Richard Hell, Eileen Myles, Frank O'Hara, Lorenzo De Ponte, Walt Whitman, Taylor Mead, Bernadettte Mayer, Diane di Prima, Miguel Piñero, Miguel Algarín, Bob Holman, Jack Kerouac, John Ashbery, Joe Brainard, Ed Sanders, Alice Notley, Anne Waldman, Lewis Warsh, Brenda Coultas, Hettie Jones, Marilyn Hacker







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