Category: Michael Nardone

John Giorno with Michael Nardone

John Giorno. Courtesy of Shawn Océan Dogimont, http://shawndogimont.com.
John Giorno. Courtesy of Shawn Océan Dogimont, http://shawndogimont.com.

Poet, performer, and media provocateur, John Giorno has been one of the most consistently provoking of New York artists since his works first debuted in the early 1960s. Never settling on a single mode or method, Giorno’s early poems emerged in response to relationships with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, then later with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, and explored the use of found images, appropriated language, and collage. Giorno then began to explore the possibilities of recorded sound, establishing entire Electronic Sensory Poetry Environments, in which poems could be listened to and simultaneously experienced by all the senses in multi-media atmospheres. These experimentations continued with the Dial-A-Poem installations at the Museum of Modern Art, and with the Giorno Poetry Systems LPs that brought the poet’s voice to record players around the world. Giorno, in his mid-seventies, is now known for his outstanding, high-energy performances of his own work.

John and I met on a springish morning in late February at his home, a series of loft studios in a former YMCA building on the Bowery. We toured the building, talking of his selected poems, Subduing Demons in America, edited by Marcus Boon, and the wealth of Giorno Poetry Systems recordings that Kenneth Goldsmith has again made available on UbuWeb. Over tea, we continued to talk.

John Giorno: So, this is where I live. There are three lofts, but this room is where I write, so I spend most of my time here. But I also do art pieces, so I have the studio downstairs. Then there’s The Bunker, William Burroughs’s former residence, which I look after, where there’s the guest room and shrine.

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Can Struggle Be Shared?

Photo: Darren Ell, darrenell.com.

An Open Dialogue on Protest with Jasper Bernes, Joshua Clover, Michael Nardone and others

For over six months, tens of thousands of students across Quebec have been on strike to protest the government’s plan to increase university and college tuition fees by 75%. During these months, the strike has been supported by a number of protest actions, including mass demonstrations that shut down Montreal’s downtown, bridge blockades, and “casserole protests” that brought entire neighborhoods out on the streets to bang pots and pans in defiance of the government’s emergency measures to quell the student uprising and limit protestors’ rights to assemble.

The following is an excerpted transcript of an open dialogue that took place at the Sense Lab in Montreal on June 24, 2012. The gathering brought a number of Montreal students and activists together with Bay Area poets and antagonists Jasper Bernes and Joshua Clover to discuss student and social movements in Quebec and California.
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In America: Brian Ang with Michael Nardone

Loudspeaker Voice 1: Welcome and thank you for choosing SFO as your airport. The next stop is the rental car center.

Loudspeaker Voice 2: Please refer to the display above the doors for the name of all on-airport rental car companies. Off-airport rental car companies are accessed by shuttle busses located at the ground level of the rental car center.

LV 1: As a reminder, it is against the law in California to drive a vehicle while using a cell phone unless it is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free operation.

LV 2: Members of frequent renter programs may proceed to their rental car company’s specific garage level as is listed on the directory located throughout the building.

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