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John Giorno:

Everyone Gets Lighter

Wed, 10/13/2004
ZKM_Lecture hall, 7 pm
Two for the price of one: a ticket for the Phonorama exhibition in the ZKM_Museum for Contemporary Art gives you free admission to the lecture
[lecture alone: €2.50 / €1.50]

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John Giorno, one of the leading lights of the New York beat generation, devised the legendary event at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970, during which different poems could be listened to every day on answering machines. The LP produced later entitled The DIAL-A-POEM Poets features the highlights from among 700 poems by 55 poets. The Giorno Poetry System label he founded in 1965 focused on the innovative use of new technologies. The label published over 40 LPs and CDs, videos and films by authors working with music and/or performance, such as Laurie Anderson's You're The Guy I Want To Share My Money With [1981]. In his performance Everyone Gets Lighter the founder of performance poetry will use true-to-life neologisms to transform his personal relations with Andy Warhol [Giorno was the 'sleeper' in Warhol’s first film Sleep in 1963], Keith Haring and William Burroughs into a first-rate audio-visual experience.

Recommended Links :
· Interview with John Giorno, by Catherine Morrison
  [Guardian Unlimited, 14 February 2002]
· Sleep by Andy Warhol
  [Chicago Reader, 2000]
· Laurie Anderson Homepage
· Keith Haring Homepage

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