Andrei Monastyrski: Elementary Poetry

Posted in Artist Books / Monographs on April 2nd, 2024
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Russian poet, author, artist and art theorist Andrei Monastyrski (born 1949) is, along with Ilya Kabakov, one of the founders of conceptualism in Russia, and a protagonist of Collective Actions, a group of artists who have organized participatory actions on the outskirts of Moscow since 1976. Though his poetry is less well known, poetry is where he began. After writing in the manner of the Russian modernists (who were newly available to Soviet readers during Khrushchev’s thaw), Monastyrski’s interest in John Cage and ideas about consciousness from Western and Eastern philosophical traditions led him to conduct experiments with sound, form and the creation of artistic situations involving constructed objects that required viewer engagement to complete. Elementary Poetry collects poems, books and action objects from the ’70s and ’80s, tracing a genealogy of the art action in poetry.

Author: Brian Droitcour, Yelena Kalinsky (Eds.)

Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse; Soberscove Press

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RABRAB JOURNAL #02. Sezgin Boynik & Gregoire Rousseau (eds.). Rabrab Press

Posted in magazines on December 10th, 2015
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The second issue of Rab-Rab is in two volumes, all together in 500 pages. The focus of the second issue is ‘noise against culture.’ The contributions deal with the formal theory of noise, politics of contradictions, the device of estrangement, materialist film, music and violence, Futurism, Russian avant-garde, improvisation, void, heterophonies, swearwords, communism, ideologies of marriage, class wars and electricity.

“Departing from our programme based on the understanding of art practice as a confrontation between formal and political inquiries, our aim in this issue is to use noise as the name for this difficult, disturbing, loud and coercive exploration. In many cases the formal and political aspects of noise are two separate things: the former is seen as an issue of information or perception, whereas the latter is usually reduced to a metaphor of spontaneity. But if we change these parameters of discussing the noise from measurable coefficients of failed communication, or from elusive metaphors of contingencies, towards the conceptual references related to ideology and class struggles, then what is understood as noise turns into something else. It can become a valid concept of inquiry, refusing to be pinpointed to conventional academic banalities silly phenomenological artistic fantasies immersed in .”

Contributors to the second issue are Aeron Bergman, Bruno Besana, Sezgin Boynik, Michel Chevalier, Christine Delphy, Antti ‘Eze’ Eskelinen, Giovanna Esposito-Yussif, Dror Feiler, Peter Gidal, Grupa za Politiku, Henrik Heinonen, Anthony Iles, Jaakko Karhunen, Mazen Kerbaj, Martin Krenn, Mattin, Jean-Claude Moineau, Ivana Momčilović, François Nicolas, Rahel Puffert, Ozren Pupovac, Gert Raeithel, Grégoire Rousseau, Max Ryynänen, Alejandra Salinas, Jyrki Siukonen, Darko Suvin, Milica Tomić, Taneli Viitahuhta, Ben Watson and Kari -Annala.


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