Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A good event in LA to go to

Explodity: An Evening of Transrational Sound PoetryThis event provides a rare opportunity to hear both the Russian Futurist poetry called zaum' ("beyonsense"), in dramatic readings by the Russian scholar Oleg Minin, and the contemporary sound poetry of the experimental poets Christian Bök and Steve McCaffery, in their own performances. Gerald Janecek, an expert in 20th-century Russian avant-garde poetry, will introduce the evening. By bringing together sound poetry of the historical and contemporary avant-gardes, the program will chronicle the singular influence of poets Velimir Khlebnikov, Alexei Kruchenykh, and Vladimir Mayakovsky on subsequent experiments, particularly those of Bök and McCaffery, with invented words, sense and nonsense, and the creation of "meaning" through sound.Learn more about this event.Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 5:00–9:00 p.m.Reception and Gallery Viewing: 5:00–6:45 p.m.Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Exhibition GalleryPerformance: 7:00–8:45 p.m.Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

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