Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno

Programming

Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon

July 29, 2017 — 12-7pm

On the occasion of Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno Red Bull Arts New York presents a Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon, featuring 28 artists, poets, and musicians presenting or performing work to audience members in the gallery. Celebrating Giorno’s pioneering career and the continued vitality of American poetry, the marathon will be recorded for later broadcast.

Created by John Giorno and active from 1969 to 1971, Dial-A-Poem was a series of phone lines that connected callers to answering machines with recordings of poetry, speeches, words, rants, mantras, and sounds left by a number of poets, musicians, artists and other cultural figures including Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, John Cage, Patti Smith, and others. It was first set up at the Architectural League of New York and later at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. Dial-A-Poem had a life beyond the telephone, too, in a series of albums released by Giorno Poetry Systems, Giorno’s record label and publishing arm, that included the works on the phone lineup as well as dozens of new texts.

The Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon revisits and updates Giorno’s historic project, presenting poetry, lyrics, and texts from initial participants as well as a new generation of authors.

In the spirit of the original project, poets will read alongside musicians, visual artists, and other cultural figures, generating a new body of text. These 28 readings will be added to the growing catalog of Dial-A-Poem, now spanning 1968-2017.

Participants include
Penny Arcade, Janani Balasubramanian, Anselm Berrigan, Alexis Bhagat, Billy Cancel, Todd Colby, Steve Dalachinsky, Helga Davis, Chris Funkhouser, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, David Henderson, Shelley Hirsch, Bob Holman, Christopher Knowles, Julie Martin, E.J. McAdams, Jonas Mekas, Tracie Morris, David Moscovich, Tommy Pico, Nicole Sealey, Edwin Torres and more!

Special recordings by
Christian Bök, Lee Ann Brown, Joan La Barbara, Ron Padgett, Michael Peters, Aram Saroyan, Anne Waldman, Gregory Whitehead, and Matthew Zapruder.

This public program was organized by Lauren Rosati on the occasion of I <3 John Giorno .

About Lauren Rosati:

Lauren Rosati is a curator and art historian currently completing her Ph.D. at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she is writing a dissertation on sound and the historical avant-garde. She was previously the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2015-2016), the Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (2014-2015), Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum (2012-2014), and Assistant Curator at Exit Art (2007-2012). She is also the founding co-curator of AUDIENCE, a non-profit presentation organization for sound art and experimental music.

 

20170729 20170729 America/New_York Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

12-7pm

On the occasion of Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno Red Bull Arts New York presents a Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon, featuring 28 artists, poets, and musicians presenting or performing work to audience members in the gallery. Celebrating Giorno’s pioneering career and the continued vitality of American poetry, the marathon will be recorded for later broadcast.

Created by John Giorno and active from 1969 to 1971, Dial-A-Poem was a series of phone lines that connected callers to answering machines with recordings of poetry, speeches, words, rants, mantras, and sounds left by a number of poets, musicians, artists and other cultural figures including Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, John Cage, Patti Smith, and others. It was first set up at the Architectural League of New York and later at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. Dial-A-Poem had a life beyond the telephone, too, in a series of albums released by Giorno Poetry Systems, Giorno’s record label and publishing arm, that included the works on the phone lineup as well as dozens of new texts.

The Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon revisits and updates Giorno’s historic project, presenting poetry, lyrics, and texts from initial participants as well as a new generation of authors.

In the spirit of the original project, poets will read alongside musicians, visual artists, and other cultural figures, generating a new body of text. These 28 readings will be added to the growing catalog of Dial-A-Poem, now spanning 1968-2017.

Participants include
Penny Arcade, Janani Balasubramanian, Anselm Berrigan, Alexis Bhagat, Billy Cancel, Todd Colby, Steve Dalachinsky, Helga Davis, Chris Funkhouser, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, David Henderson, Shelley Hirsch, Bob Holman, Christopher Knowles, Julie Martin, E.J. McAdams, Jonas Mekas, Tracie Morris, David Moscovich, Tommy Pico, Nicole Sealey, Edwin Torres and more!

Special recordings by
Christian Bök, Lee Ann Brown, Joan La Barbara, Ron Padgett, Michael Peters, Aram Saroyan, Anne Waldman, Gregory Whitehead, and Matthew Zapruder.

This public program was organized by Lauren Rosati on the occasion of I <3 John Giorno .

About Lauren Rosati:

Lauren Rosati is a curator and art historian currently completing her Ph.D. at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she is writing a dissertation on sound and the historical avant-garde. She was previously the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2015-2016), the Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (2014-2015), Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum (2012-2014), and Assistant Curator at Exit Art (2007-2012). She is also the founding co-curator of AUDIENCE, a non-profit presentation organization for sound art and experimental music.

 

The John Giorno Band Record Release Celebration: Words Come From Sound

July 13, 2017 — 7pm to 10pm

DJ Set by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns

Free and open to the public

On the occasion of “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno,” join us for the record release of The John Giorno Band’s “I’m Rock Hard” artist edition LP, featuring nine unreleased tracks from 1982-1989. The event will be accompanied by Janani Balasubramanian’s “iOS-A-Poem” — a participatory audio installation about disconnection, uncertainty and our changing relationship to information technology. The event will feature a dj set by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns.

By the end of the 70s, Giorno had expanded his sound compositions into the world of music, live performance and created his own record label called “Giorno Poetry Systems Recordings” — a platform where vinyl, video works, CD’s, tape compilations, radio broadcasting and telephones could be used as a tools to extend the boundary of poetry and literature. In 1981, when Giorno felt he had done every thing possible using the electronics available at the time, he took a hiatus from his “Sound Poems” and employed the genre of rock ‘n’ roll to form The John Giorno Band. Comprised of a rotating cast of talented musicians (Lenny Kaye on guitar, C. P. Roth on synthesizers, Paul Duggan on bass, David Donen on drums), the group was invited to perform at various punk rock venues and new wave clubs including the Pyramid, Danceteria, Mudd Club, Roxy, Irving Plaza, Palladium and CBGBs. Performing his poems in front of a crowd of night-time revelers, Giorno developed a new avenue to employ his poetic language – one that merged his spoken-word poetry slams into electrifying performances.

The double LP features nine unreleased tracks including Scum & Slime (1985); Stretching it Wider (1982); Life is a Killer (1982); Sucking Mud (1986); Exiled in Domestic Life (1983); It’s a mistake to think you’re special (1989); I gambled with my anger and lost (1983); The Strength of Pleasure (live) (1984); and Stretching it Wider (live) (1982).

Debuting in conjunction with the listening party, the public is invited to participate by way of audio headsets (and in groups ranging from 6-20 people) in Balasubramanian’s “iOS-A-Poem,” an audio installation and contemporary response to Giorno’s iconic 1968 work “Dial-A-Poem.” The piece examines how communication and technology have transformed between then and now, and how our relationships to one another have altered as a result. It poses two fundamental questions:
1) Is our communications technology augmenting or diminishing us?
2) How do we value information and art differently when they are so/too readily available?

About I’m Rock Hard (1982-1987) artist edition:
Edition of 200, artist edition double LP
$120
Hand signed foreword by John Giorno

Released by Red Bull Arts New York and Vinyl Factory, 2017
VF281
Available online at The Gift Shop

Artists: John Giorno and Janani Balasubramanian

20170713 20170713 America/New_York Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

7pm to 10pm

DJ Set by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns

Free and open to the public

On the occasion of “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno,” join us for the record release of The John Giorno Band’s “I’m Rock Hard” artist edition LP, featuring nine unreleased tracks from 1982-1989. The event will be accompanied by Janani Balasubramanian’s “iOS-A-Poem” — a participatory audio installation about disconnection, uncertainty and our changing relationship to information technology. The event will feature a dj set by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns.

By the end of the 70s, Giorno had expanded his sound compositions into the world of music, live performance and created his own record label called “Giorno Poetry Systems Recordings” — a platform where vinyl, video works, CD’s, tape compilations, radio broadcasting and telephones could be used as a tools to extend the boundary of poetry and literature. In 1981, when Giorno felt he had done every thing possible using the electronics available at the time, he took a hiatus from his “Sound Poems” and employed the genre of rock ‘n’ roll to form The John Giorno Band. Comprised of a rotating cast of talented musicians (Lenny Kaye on guitar, C. P. Roth on synthesizers, Paul Duggan on bass, David Donen on drums), the group was invited to perform at various punk rock venues and new wave clubs including the Pyramid, Danceteria, Mudd Club, Roxy, Irving Plaza, Palladium and CBGBs. Performing his poems in front of a crowd of night-time revelers, Giorno developed a new avenue to employ his poetic language – one that merged his spoken-word poetry slams into electrifying performances.

The double LP features nine unreleased tracks including Scum & Slime (1985); Stretching it Wider (1982); Life is a Killer (1982); Sucking Mud (1986); Exiled in Domestic Life (1983); It’s a mistake to think you’re special (1989); I gambled with my anger and lost (1983); The Strength of Pleasure (live) (1984); and Stretching it Wider (live) (1982).

Debuting in conjunction with the listening party, the public is invited to participate by way of audio headsets (and in groups ranging from 6-20 people) in Balasubramanian’s “iOS-A-Poem,” an audio installation and contemporary response to Giorno’s iconic 1968 work “Dial-A-Poem.” The piece examines how communication and technology have transformed between then and now, and how our relationships to one another have altered as a result. It poses two fundamental questions:
1) Is our communications technology augmenting or diminishing us?
2) How do we value information and art differently when they are so/too readily available?

About I’m Rock Hard (1982-1987) artist edition:
Edition of 200, artist edition double LP
$120
Hand signed foreword by John Giorno

Released by Red Bull Arts New York and Vinyl Factory, 2017
VF281
Available online at The Gift Shop

Artists: John Giorno and Janani Balasubramanian

THE JOHN GIORNO BAND AT CBGB, DECEMBER, 1986. PHOTOGRAPH COPYRIGHT KATE SIMON, 2017.