DECEMBER 22 — KENNETH REXROTH
American beat poet, literary essayist, anarchist.
DECEMBER 22, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Hindu world: PONGOL OF THE SUN.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 22 IN HISTORY…
1880 — British novelist George Eliot dies, London, England.
1894 — French court-martial finds Captain Alfred Dreyfus guilty of treason.
1905 — Beat writer and essayist Kenneth Rexroth born, South Bend, Indiana.
1927 — British anarchist painter Fermin Rocker born, London, England.
1985—Minutemen guitarist D. Boon dies, in a van accident near Tucson, AZ.
1989 — Irish playwright, novelist Samuel Beckett dies, Paris, France.
MONO NO AWARE IS AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF EXPANDED CINEMA PERFORMANCES. TAKING ITS NAME FROM THE JAPANESE EXPRESSION MEANING -THE PATHOS OF THINGS-. THE CONCEPT IS TO PRESENT WORK WHICH IS EPHEMERAL IN NATURE WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE. RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY HAVE ALTERED THE AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE AND CONNECTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE CINEMA. WEBSITES, TELEVISION, AND EVEN CELL PHONES HAVE BECOME AN EVERYDAY VEHICLE FOR FILM AND VIDEO. ALL OF THE WORK PRESENTED AT MONO NO AWARE CONSISTS OF ONE PART FILM PROJECTION AND ONE PART LIVE PERFORMANCE ELEMENT. 16MM OR SUPER 8MM FILMS ONLY, NO DIGITAL VIDEO. WE BELIEVE THERE IS A MAGIC IN SEEING THE FILM PRINT. THERE IS A PRESENCE A POET HAS READING HIS/HER OWN WRITING. THERE IS A FEELING THAT RESONATES IN YOUR CHEST WHEN YOU SEE A MUSICIAN PERFORM LIVE. EACH MONO NO AWARE PERFORMANCE IS ONE OF A KIND, SOME PARTICIPANTS HAVE GONE SO FAR AS TO DESTROY THE FILM WORK AFTER ITS FIRST RUN AT THE EVENT. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29TH AT LUMENHOUSE IN BROOKLYN. THE EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND. THANK YOU.
Sunday, November 29th 5PM – 11PM LUMENHOUSE
47 Beaver St. / Brooklyn, NY 11206 F-r-e-e admission!
Read more about the selected films & performances here.
OCTOBER 22 — SARGON BOULUS
Iraqi-born Assyrian beatnik poet, translator.
OCTOBER 22, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY FEAST OF FOOLS.
ALSO ON OCTOBER 22 IN HISTORY…
1878 — Anti-Socialist Law passed in Germany.
1887 — Greenwich Village revolutionist John Reed born, Portland, Oregon.
1897 — World’s first car dealership opens, London, England.
1913 — Action photographer Robert Capa born, Budapest, Austria–Hungary.
1918 — Flu epidemic claims one fourth of all Americans, killing half a million.
1962 — Missile crisis develops over Soviet warheads in Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
2007 — Assyrian Iraqi beatnik poet Sargon Boulus dies, Berlin, Germany.
SEPTEMBER 14 —YI SANG
Vanguard Korean surrealist poet, street rebel.
POEM NO. XI
That porcelain cup resembles my skull. I am holding the cup tight with my hand when out of my arm another absurd arm sprouts like a grafted branch and the hand pending from that arm grabs the cup in a flash and hurls it over my shoulder to the floor. Since my arm is defending the cup to the death, the shattered pieces of course are my skull which resembles the porcelain cup. If my arm had budged before the branching arm crept like a snake back into it the white paper holding back the flood water would have torn. But just as before my arm defends the porcelain cup to the death.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
GRECIAN NEW YEAR, 2310. BYZANTINE NEW YEAR, 7507.
Kisar Island, Indonesia: FEAST OF URU-WADU, the Primal Couple.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 14 IN HISTORY…
1321 — Italian vernacular poet Dante Alighieri dies, Ravenna.
1883 — Reproductive rights activist Margaret Sanger born, Corning, New York.
1910 — Korean surrealist poet and social rebel Yi Sang born, Seoul, Korea.
1927 — Isadora Duncan strangled by scarf caught in sports car, Nice, France.
1930 — Over 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers arrested
for union activities, Imperial Valley, California.
1966 — French surrealist André Breton dies, Paris, France.
1978 — Pope John Paul I dies suspiciously after only 34 days in office.
August 12 — William Blake
Major English romantic poet, mystic, subversive.
August 12, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Surrey, England: MITCHAM FAIR. A “Charter Mayor” is selected, who
opens the three-day fair with a four-foot key to unlock the joys of the
fair. A great variety of games and amusements.
Scotland: THE GLORIOUS 12TH opens grouse-hunting season.
ALSO ON AUGUST 12 IN HISTORY…
1653 — First police force formed in present U.S., in New Amsterdam.
1812 — Lady Ludd leads English women in riots over bread prices.
1827 — English romantic poet William Blake dies, London, England.
1843 — First Fourierist phalanx founded in U.S.
1896 — Klondike gold rush begins, Yukon Territory, Canada and Alaska.
1955 — German novelist Thomas Mann dies, Kilchberg, Switzerland.
1992 — Anarchist composer and musician John Cage dies, New York