January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Let’s just dive into 2018 and here are two events coming up in January:

Monday January 8,  2018
NEW YORK CITY

7:30 – 8:00 PM
Nicole Peyrafitte & Michael Bisio
ARTS FOR ART Series: Justice is Compassion
Abrazo Interno Gallery
Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk St, NYC 10002
Full Line up :  here

Saturday January 20,  2018
KINGSTON, NY
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Trialogue 
Michael Bisio/Pierre Joris/Nicole Peyrafitte
at The Lace Mill series curated by Michael Bisio
Kingston,NY
An improvised collaborative exchanges inside a set time limit between 3 protagonists unconditionally dedicated to their chosen mode of expression: Joris to his nomadic poetry in its wandering, rhizomatic explorations; Peyrafitte to her nourishing, sensual, campy and scintillating multi-layered vocal range & texts ; Bisio to the extraordinary tonal beauty and intensity of the very personal musical language of his double bass.

More info later on other projects brewing, but if you want to know what we have been up to  this fall here is a detailed account of our 5 weeks Domopoetic adventures at Gallery Simoncini in Luxembourg: here

Light, peace & strength to all

Nicole & Pierre

Finissage

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Peyrafitte / Joris: Domopoetic Works
3 Zones + 1 Book = 2 Lives
Texte assemblé à l’occasion du finissage du 25 Novembre de l’exposition à la Galerie Simoncini.

— While Nicole Peyrafitte is perhaps best recognized for multimedia performance and Pierre Joris for his poetry and his work as a translator, this exhibition of individual works & collaborations presents the fullest measure of their art to date. This multidisciplinary & cross-genre exhibit features performance, installation, & a retrospective of recent works arrayed across three gallery levels.

— For the occasion of the exhibition, and to accent its synergetic élan, Editions Galerie Simoncini released their collaborative text The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans in both a bibliophile and a paperback edition.

— You may start or end with any of the three floors, though obviously coming in by the front door of the first floor today at 4 p.m. the visitor will be confronted with the last of a series of live performances during which Peyrafitte creates new action paintings while Joris reads from The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans, which, in fact, is translated and illustrated by Peyrafitte. In & through their creation, these “action  paintings” explore kinesthetic experience — the 6 created at the start of this exhibition, as well as several earlier ones, can be seen on this floor & from outside the gallery.

— In the basement floor’s “Domopoetic Zone” the visitor encounters Peyrafitte’s installation of Joris’ literary universe, a gathering & display of the complete set of his publications, which includes some sixty books & chapbooks published over the span of nearly fifty years. Juxtaposed to these volumes of poetry, essays, and translations are the artworks created by Peyrafitte for a number of the books since their first meeting in the late 1980s. Also displayed are twelve original videos on Joris’ life and work. Two armchairs invite the visitor to sit down & peruse a second set of Joris’ books &/or watch the videos.

— On the Second Floor a series of works — drawings, pastels on paper, carnets, & multi-media assemblages from 1995 to present — show the range of Peyrafitte’s graphic & painterly work, be that in complexly composed fold-out notebooks or in serial paintings such as the Bi-Valve & Bourg d’Oueil series or the earlier Bach Cantata suite. A few of these works also connote the collaboration between artist & poet.

Some Notes on Domopoetics:
If the current show is not an exhaustive view of Joris & Peyrafitte’s collaboration, it is however certainly the most complete such presentation to date — as far as visual work & poetry is concerned. What it leaves out is work related to such areas as live, improvisational music & language, & food. To help explain the term “domo-poetics” (from “domus,” latin for house, & “poetics” the art & act of making) here are its authors’ takes:

Domopoetics is our attempt at a practical synthesis & presentation of nearly three decades of shared artistic & domestic practices. The word was coined after returning from one of our long walks along the shore of Coney Island/Brighton Beach. That day we both wrote a text, and when we read it to each other we realized that they had totally different perspectives — Nicole wrote on the elements, Pierre on the people peopling them. The term domopoetics has grown to encompass all aspects of our artistic and domestic matters fueled by our rhizomatic motions & distinctive rhythms. If they contain oppositions & contradictions, these are never “solved” by dialectical Aufhebung (we are too Deleuzian for that) but domo-poetically transformed in the alchemy of loving collaboration into contraries, given that — as William Blake wrote — “without contraries there is no progression.”

Or, as we put it in the post-face to the Book of U / Le livre des cormorans:

Ce livre fait partie intégrante de ce que nous appelons notre “domo-poétique.” Presque à notre surprise, c.à.d. au-delà du plaisir pris dans l’élégance délibérée du vol du cormorant au-dessus de la surface du Narrows, cette quête domo-poétique, que nous poursuivons depuis bien longtemps, a trouvé une incarnation — ou du moins une rime animale & primordiale — dans le cormorant. Sa résilience, sa persistance, son sens profond du couple aimant & vigilant, attaché à la domesticité & à la famille, son élégance & sa beauté vitales font signe(s) depuis 35 millions d’années.

Quelle joie que de les pratiquer & de noter, dessiner, enregistrer, penser ce qu’ils nous offrent.

Homage leur soit rendu. On les remercie.

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Homage too & deep thanks to Ingrid Anders, André Simoncini & their team, without whose magnificent sense of hospitality — in a truly domo-poetic sense, i.e. a sense of hospitality that encompasses all aspects of art & life — none of this would have been possible.

 

Live action painting finissage Pierre Joris Nicole Peyrafitte

Posted by Nicole Peyrafitte on Saturday, November 25, 2017

Finissage Galerie Simoncini Saturday Nov 25th

Dad with Régine, his assistant, who came to visit my show in France in July 2016

Our 5-week show at la Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg is coming to an end this weekend and we will have a grand finissage on Saturday Nov 25th with a performance at 4:00 pm.
This great run was deeply saddened by the sudden, though peaceful passing of my beloved 95 years old dad, Jean Peyrafitte, on November 11 2017 (press). We talked on Facetime almost everyday, so he got to follow me everywhere we went. I will miss him immensely and I don’t yet fully realize how much, but one thing he taught me is that the show must go on— gratefully and sans glitch! He had a beautiful sendoff ceremony and it was heart-warming to see the huge crowd who came to pay him their last respects. We are now on our way back to Luxembourg for the finissage.

In October Radio Tele Luxembourg came to tape a show that aired last weekend. Here is the link:

We are looking forward to see you at the finissage or, if coming to Luxembourg is not an option, visit our extensive documentation of the show here .

Galerie Simoncini Exhibition & Books & TFWTL

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Right now we are in the final stage of readying a 3-tier 5-week show at the Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg-City. The opening is Friday October 20 at 6 p.m. and we will be conducting performances throughout the weekend.

The exhibition runs from 20 October to 26 November. The address of the Simoncini Gallery is 6, rue Notre Dame, Luxembourg, GD of Luxembourg. Phone: +352 47 55 15. — www.galeriesimoncini.lu

First floor: ACTION PAINTINGS — on 20 October at 6:30 p.m. and on 21 & 22 October at 4 p.m. Paintings created live by Nicole Peyrafitte — “Painting here is an intuitive and physical resultant, a kinesthetic experience” — with Pierre Joris reading from The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans translated by Nicole Peyrafitte & published for the occasion by Editions Simoncini in both a bibliophile & a paperback edition.

Basement: DOMOPOETIC ZONE — An installation by Nicole Peyrafitte of Pierre Joris’ literary universe.
Here you may consult the complete collection of Joris’ books, Peyrafitte’s illustrations & covers for many of these, as well as a range of videos of Joris by Peyrafitte.

2nd floor: RECENT WORKS by Nicole Peyrafitte.

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THINGS FALL WHERE THEY LIE / LES CHOSES TOMBENT OU ELLES REPOSENT

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THINGS FALL WHERE THEY LIE, a 58-minutes cinéma-vérité documentary feature directed by Nicole Peyrafitte is in its final stages of completion & has already been submitted to various festivals. We will keep you updated and will share a trailer very soon. Meanwhile here is the synopsis:

A filmmaker invites 4 characters for a 5-day visit to Bagnères-de-Luchon, the once-upon-a-time famous and fashionable spa town in the French Pyrenees. The four visitors are Eric Sarner, a poet, translator and broadcaster born in Algeria, now living in Berlin; his wife Katalin Pataki, a Hungarian-born librarian — they met when both lived in Uruguay; and Yuko Otomo, a poet and visual artist born and raised in Japan, who lives in New York with her husband, Brooklyn-born poet, visual artist and jazz critic Steve Dalachinsky. The film follows this group of real-life characters as they are prompted to react to a daily itinerary of (old folklore) events, mysterious (burial) places, excursions, and locals revealing — or not — the connections to the many layers of the town’s and the filmmaker’s history. Can Karl Marx’s grandchild and swing era jazz violinist Michel Warlop meet? Can four languages find each other over lunch and be the talk of the town? Who is buried in what grave? Where did that wedding ring roll? Is he a real shepherd and who is riding on the one (town) horse? What is a better clue: a prehistoric cave or a Spanish border town? Jump on the train and ride that line: Things Fall Where They Lie, and not the other way around.

 

Winter Screenings/Readings/Publications

 

SCREENINGS

AS YOU ARE
a film directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Theater Opening

New York City
Friday February 24 – March 2
East Village Cinema

181-189 2nd Ave. @ 12th St., New York, NY, 10003
Tickets available here.

Albany NY
Friday March 3 
Spectrum Theatres

290 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209
This special event is sponsored by Youth FXFilm Albany & Upstate Independents and all proceeds will go towards Youth FX filmmaking programs for teens in the City of Albany.
Special guests in attendance: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (writer/director), Madison Harrison (co-writer) & Joseph Mastantuono (producer/colorist). 

A gritty, poignant and subtly acted teen drama exploring adolescence, sexuality and identity, “As You Are” stars Owen Campbell (“Boardwalk Empire”), Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”), Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Mary Stuart Masterson (“Benny & Joon”). It was shot in Albany and around the capital region in the fall of 2015 before competing at Sundance early last year and winning special jury prize.

*This special show will be at 7pm and tickets will NOT be available through the Spectrum Theater box-office or website. Tickets are only available at: http://asyouare.bpt.me/

For other Spectrum Albany screenings click here
New trailer here

BASIL KING : MIRAGE
a short film directed by Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris Peyrafitte
New York City
Saturday March 18 – 3 PM

John Molloy Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of BIRD SCRIPT, recent paintings by Basil King, on view from February 25 through March 30,  2017.  Opening reception with the artist on February 25th from 5 to 7 PM.  Additionally, on Saturday March 18 from 3 PM, the gallery is hosting a poetry reading by Mr. King and the screening of BASIL KING, MIRAGE, a 22-minute film created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris Peyrafitte, depicting the intimacy between writing and painting in Basil King’s life and work.
“King’s syncretic aesthetics have been shaped by his early childhood in WWII London, friendship with poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, apprenticeship to Abstract Expressionist painters Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, in New York, and by his mentors and friends at Black Mountain College, including Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and John Wieners. “

Trailer: here

 

 

READINGS:

TODAY! — Sunday February 19,  7 PM — TODAY!
Boog City Reading: The Agony of I.B.
Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte performing an excerpt of Joris’ play “The Agony of I.B.”
at 7 p.m. at Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave. A, at 6th street, New York, NY.
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Thursday March 16,  6:30 PM
Nicole reads a Caffé Vivaldi w/ Sophie Malleret, Yuko Otomo, Sylvia Gorelick, Sharon Messmer, Joanna C. Valente.

Wednesday March 22,  8 PM
Pierre reads at Saint Mark’s Poetry Project with Kit Schluter. 

JUST OUT!

Canto Diurno, Pierre’s Selected Poems (1972-2012) in French (translations coordinated by Jean Portante) and with a foreword by Charles Bernstein, was published this month by Le Castor Astral in their “Les Passeurs d’Inuits” series. Many thanks to Jean Portante, Jean-Yves Reuzeau, Jacques Darras & Charles Bernstein for their invaluable contributions. Available here.

 

 


 

SCA/OPES on Poethead

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POETHEAD: An alpha site for women poets, art, images, letters, magic, maps, metamorphoses, new poetry, poetry, translated poetry published by

SCA/OPES – by Nicole Peyrafitte

 

 

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Sunday, April 10, 7PM  @  MING Studios Boise, ID 
Nicole Peyrafitte Pierre Joris
with Chris Norred in:
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A TIC* multi-layered performance mixing, texts, visuals & live actions. 
*could be: 
Trans Idiomatic Consultation
, Total International Collage, Tentative Intermediary Construct
, Testing Inadequate Certainties….

 

En Route to Idaho — Day 5 : Rock Springs, Wyoming – Twin Falls, Idaho

En Route to Idaho — Day 5 : Rock Springs, Wyoming – Twin Falls, Idaho

We made it to Idaho! Not yet in Boise, but close since we are 128 miles away. Today we drove 403 miles (649 Kms) from the high desert land —just above 7,000 feet (2134m) above sea level. We bid farewell to I-80 that had taken us all the way from some 5 miles beyond the Holland Tunnel in New Jersey & on route 30 Pierre readjusted to driving on a classic two lane blacktop! We were on the lookout for wild life since there was many warning sign about deer & elk roaming;the  temperature being 5ºf (-15c) the fauna kept under cover except for a very low altitude majestic soaring bald eagle. We crossed the border at a place called Border, WY!

For months I had made plans to visit the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot & we did! The small museum is mostly about the industrialization of the potato in Idaho. They pride themselves on displaying info that goes “From the original potato planted in Idaho, to the largest potato crisp made by the Pringle’s Company in Jackson, TN”. The famous Idaho potato is a Russet Burbank, developed from the heirloom Early Rose parent plant by Luther Burbank in 1872.
There is a lot to say about the origin of the Potato, but I will limit myself to repeat what you certainly already know, namely that the potato originated in Peru and was unknown to the Europe until the Spaniards brought it back to their country of origin. I am saving the rest for my class at BSU!  Driving down to Twin Falls we could see miles and miles of the winterized fields of spuds & their storage facilities. Both  Pierre & I had hoped to find a nice organic, local baked russet potato with all the toppings for our dinner, but no such luck — a shame, as we are looking forward to break our diet! — We usually don’t eat potatoes but when in Idaho do like the Idahoans!

Originally we had planned to drive to Pocatello to get closer to Boise but I asked the lady at the museum what scenic location she would recommend us to see on the way south. She highly recommended the Shoshone Falls, located at the edge of Twin Falls, on the Snake River. The falls are higher than Niagara Falls (At 212 feet). Great suggestion to get to see  another spectacular scenery.

Lunch was to finish up what was left in our cooler. I made lettuce wraps with hummus, red bell pepper, fennel, cheddar — lovely!, while dinner was a brown rice bowl & a salad at the very mediocre restaurant of the hotel.

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Lettuce wrap

I have many more videos & pictures to share but tonight we are fried & starting to think about our new life in Boise Idaho!

En Route to Idaho — Day 4 : North Platte – Rock Springs

En Route to Idaho — Day 4 : North Platte, Nebraska – Rock Springs, Wyoming IMG_1892

It was very rewarding to jump in the car at 7:28AM with ambient temperature at  7ºF /-14ºc & embark on another spectacular drive. First the sun rose in our backs as we left Nebraska & then huge gorgeous clear skies welcomed us into Wyoming.

 

Shortly after our gas-&-trucker-materials pit-stop, we made a further stop at a look-out to catch the views. We were surprised to meet up with a very famous tree that grows out of a boulder of pre-historic rock. The Tree Rock is located right between Cheyenne and Laramie plumb in the middle of Interstate 80, literally hugged between its east- and west-going lanes.

The tree grows out of a crack in a pre-Cambrian pink Sherman granite boulder formed anywhere from 1-4 billion years ago. (The granite that is, the tree is somewhat younger, but that species of pine can live as long as 2,000 years.)

As read on one of the The Tree Rock —a.k.a “the lone tree”— tourist-info tablets, the transcontinental railroad tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad lie a short distance to the west, as lies the Ames Monument, erected to commemorate the highest point of the railroad’s route  honor the Ames brothers.  I remembered very well that Augustus Saint-Gaudens had chiseled the bas-reliefs —from Quincy, Massachusetts, granite! — & architect H. H. Richardson designed the pyramid (as well as the Albany City Hall!) I have worked on several project on Augustus Saint Gaudens & even though this is not my favorite work of his, I was delighted to find his work here, since I have seen almost all ASG public works.



We continued our journey towards Rock Spring thru more beautiful landscapes where the speed limit went up to 80 miles p/h! I will never forget the golden pale yellows of the endless prairies illuminating the snow, the light blue sky & the pinkish granite boulders.

Our picnic at the Ames monument was a little less fancy today —since we are starting to run out of provisions— but was still nourishing: hummus, bread, cheese, apples & nuts. Tonight we went out to dinner at a local restaurant (attracted at first by the name, The Coyote Creek Steakhouse) where Pierre had a decent sirloin, turned down all five of the offered potato-versions, settling for green beans while & I had a bison burger — sans buns but with more green beans.

Today we also passed the 2000 miles marker. One more day on the road before Boise.  Tomorrow through Pocatello to give a thought to Pierre’s old friend Ed Dorn & on to Blackfoot to visit the potato museum.

En Route to Idaho — Day 2 : Maumee – Des Moines

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Day #2  Maumee, Ohio – Des Moines, Iowa: 558 Miles or 898 Kms

After drinking Pierre’s prepared cup of warm water with lemon & cayenne pepper water & our travelling green magic juice we hopped in the car at 7:50am to resume our journey West on I-80.

When we stopped for gas in Greenfield, Indiana we were reminded that if we wanted a soda, we should ask for “pop”! The lady at the Hardee’s was eager to take our order but we had our solid breakfast of pumpernickel bread, butter & cheese & we made coffee in the car.


Second stop was in Morris, Illinois & the R-Place Restaurant with its collection of antique toy displays, including a wonderful puppet show kept me busy filming & photographing for a while. I did ask for 4 quarters to play the puppet show. The clerk was proud to tell me that the puppet show grossed $80 per month, that was 320 plays.

Again we didn’t get any food though I considered the Strawberry Pillows for a solid minute — but by looking at the thing intensely I could almost taste it & that was enough to feel the sugar rush!

We left Illinois, crossed the Mississippi, & drove into Iowa.

I had noticed on the Waze app that the World’s Largest Truckstop was coming up on I-80 at the Walcott Exit. We stopped there & lunched on Romaine lettuce with carrots, celery, left-over pork roast, sardines, cheddar dressed with Pierre’s delicious Meyer lemon & olive oil vinaigrette & concluded with our usual plain yogurt with cinnamon, stevia & grilled seeds.

Then we had molto fun visiting the amazing World’s Largest Truckstop. We didn’t make it to the adjacent truck museum but we had a lovely time talking to several truckers who were trying new truck seats. Pierre joined them for a tryout of new-fangled special rubber seating. We exchanged our destinations & they advised us that road conditions between Cheyenne & Idaho can be very bad & told us to make sure to have a full tank of gas when starting this portion of the trip. Another trucker & his wife from New Orleans gave us the price of some of the chromes on display. “A $1000 for that apron. I’m gonna put some on my truck soon”. The sword & knife window display was open & a family was deciding what kind of knife to buy; a lady bought a mini gun. Pierre checked out the library section & considered buying a Louis L’amour Western audio book but since we had just started listening to the Lewis & Clark journal diaries  available free here,  we decided to pass.

Settled into our comfy Sterling Hotel suite —with terrible internet, after a quick trip to the Wholefood to pick up a salad & some cheese (a chunk of excellent! Iowa Maytag Blue — same family making blue cheese since 1941!) we had dinner, i.e. yesterday’s lentil salad turned into a stew to which I added some grains (farro & oats), followed by apples, nuts & cheese — the Iowa maytag, of course. & now some zzzz before heading to Wyoming. From here on out the route is new, for Pierre too who had driven this part of I-80 only to turn south here in Des Moines to visit with Ken Irby in Lawrence, Kansas. But that was in 1987, & this is today. Onwards! Let the wagons roll…