Happy 2020 & more!

Happy 2020 & more!

Pastels on Canvas 52×24 — Fall 2019
Thank you Guillermo Gregorio for the permission to use this beautiful music
Rodchenko : Suite Part Two (1999) Album Faktura (released 2002 by hat Art/Hat Hut Records, Switzerland)

A HAPPY 2020 TO YOU ALL!

Pierre is finishing up several books for 2020 publications and gearing up for many upcoming trips & I locked myself into my studio making new paintings for upcoming exhibitions.
2020 is going to be very busy and we’re already scheduling 2021. See below for details & snapshots from 2019, but first a few dates to save:

EVENTS:

NICOLE & PIERRE
Sunday January 19,  2 PM – 8 PM:
Steve Dalachinsky Memorial
Artist Space
11 Cortland Alley, New York
Event details here

PIERRE
Saturday January 25,  7:00PM:
Poetry Reading, The Gallery at Atlas
11 Spring Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

NICOLE & PIERRE
Sunday February 2,  4:00PM:
Trialogues performance with Mike Bisio (bass)
The Lace Mill
500 Frank Sottile Blvd
Kingston NY 12401

PIERRE
Saturday February 8
Torn Page Presents
A Staged Reading of  “The Agony of Ingeborg B” 
play by Pierre Joris & directed by Vera Beren
435 West 22nd Street/ New York NY 10011
doors 730pm /reading 8pm

February 21
Spiritual Exercises: Robert Kelly’s Science of Becoming Aware
Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM  Room: Humanities  219

February 26-29
Abu-Dhabi, UAI — HAYE FESTIVAL
Thursday 27:   1.p.m.:  Conversation with Adonis, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Friday 28:        1.p.m.: PJ in conversation with André Velter
                        8:30- 10 p.m. Celebratory Readings for Adonis

NICOLE
March 2-8

“The 11 Women of Spirit” Salon Zürcher 21st Edition
Opening: March 2, 2020, 6-8 PM
open Tuesday, March 3 to Saturday, March 7, from 12 – 8 PM 
Sunday, March 8 from 12 – 7 PM
Closing Party: Sunday March 8, 5 – 7 PM
ZÜRCHER GALLERY, NEW YORK
33 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

 

PIERRE
Friday May 1
Celebration reading by & party for Robert Kelly on the occasion of the publication of “A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly” (Contra Mundum Press).
The Poetry Project / St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

March 5-7
Rice University, Houston TX,
Paul Celan Conference — Keynote Speaker

NICOLE & PIERRE
June 7
Kings College, University of London
Jerome Rothenberg & Eric Mottram celebration

PIERRE
June 11-12
University of Chicago Center Paris
Keynote at Conference “Courts-circuits et visions disjonctées : œuvre et réseaux de Claude Pélieu/ Short-circuits and Fused Visions: The Works and Networks of Claude Pélieu”.

October 2-3
Celebrating Celan at 100: Witnessing for the Witness.
Conference at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
DTBA

November 16, 6 p.m.
Celan at 100: Early Poetry & Posthumous Prose Books
Pierre Joris & Paul Auster
Deutsches Haus, NYU
DTBA

PUBLICATIONS:
Given that 2020 will be the 100th birth- & the 50th death-year of Paul Celan, there will no doubt be a number of other events around his life & work in which Pierre will partake. His final two Celan translations are coming out in summer & fall of this year: “Microliths  they are, Little Stones” (Posthumous prose) from Contra Mundum Press & “Memory Rose into Threshold Speech: The Collected Earlier Poetry” from Farrar Strauss & Giroux.
& to RUSH even further ahead & then right back to SUM UP the year ending now:

NICOLE & PIERRE
February  2021
Galerie Simoncini, Luxembourg
Multi-floor Karstic Action exhibition, action-paintings, cooking & readings.

Notes from the Domopoetics studio:

So, some of our intense 2019 activity — such as the October/November visit to the prehistoric caves & overhangs of the Dordogne and, majorly, the 5-day internship at the Gargas caves in the Pyrenees, close to where Nicole was born & raised — was specifically undertaken as r&r (no, not rest & recuperation: reconnaissance & research) for the upcoming Karstic Action show.  

Those 2 weeks came after a first stop in Paris (& a 3-day trip to the Frankfurt book fair by Pierre) & continued with a week in our place in Bourg d’Oueil (r&r? no: family visits, & first tentative steps at making clay pots that may or may not become the food vessels for the 2021 actions) followed by 8 days that were supposed to be quiet, meditative (r&r? finally!) days in Venice with a yoga workshop, visits to galleries, churches & the Biennale. Except of course that we arrived as the Acqua Altas equinox tide flooded 90% of the city, the worst in 1/2 century, so that we also spent a fair amount in r&r (recon & research) to find, first rubber boots and then open food stores. Still, an intense time was had, too much to report here, though mention must be made of what was one of our favorites pieces at the Biennale: Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s (recipient of the 2019 Turner Prize) single channel video installation “Walled Unwalled” — for which, as it turned out, son Joseph was the colorist.

We returned to Brooklyn to the happy news that Joseph — as producer, this time — and Cameroon-American film-maker Ellie Foumbi’s feature project “Mon père, le diable” had been selected for funding in the 2019/2020 edition of the Venice Biennale College! Hopefully no one will need rubber boots for the film’s premiere scheduled for the Mostra de Venice end of August 2020!

Miles has been just as busy this year, with his second feature, “Dreamland” — starring (and co-produced by) Margot Robbie — premiering to very good reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. This fall “Gaslight” a mystery story produced by QCODE & written & directed by Miles aired to excellent response. You can check it our here. He has meanwhile also written a new horror-thriller film script — “The Hunter and the Fox” — for Annapurna Pictures & is at one of the many (& somewhat confusing to us) pre-production stages as he will also direct this film. 

In resistance and persistence forward into the new decade. Stay strong, keep your spirits up and do keep in touch,

Nicole & Pierre
 

2019 snapshots

 

AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

We are almost in Austin after an exhilarating  drive through America and some memorable visits — special mentions to Serpent Mound and to Paris, Kentucky; you can find the documentation of these moments on my Instagram & Facebook pages.
We  are ready & very much looking forward to an intense 4 days of poetry readings & performances, reconnecting with old friends & meeting new ones.
Below, our specific reading times — but do check out the full schedule for details here.

Thursday 04/04/2019
Pierre: 2:30 PM Social Justice I @ Holiday Inn Austin Midtown: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. 78752 /Learning Center

Nicole: 4:30 PM Woman Read @ Book Woman: 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin 78751

Friday 04/05/2019
Pierre: 11:00A AM Social Justice @ Kick Butt Café 5775 Airport Boulevard Austin 78752
Nicole: 1:00 PM Visual Poetry @ Holiday Inn Austin Midtown: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. 78752

Saturday 04/06/2019
Pierre & Nicole : 1PM A full Domopoetics Action @ Holiday Inn Austin Midtown: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd. 78752
Pierre & Nicole : 5PM PANEL w/ Roger West: The Role of the international poet in an age of increasing isolationism and nationalism.

Fall 2018 Events + Summer pix & videos +

Fall 2018 Events + Summer pix & videos +
From “Carnet 2,” Nicole Peyrafitte, Redfoxpress (Ireland), August 2018
The summer is winding down & we sure had a busy & productive one (see details below).
We are looking forward to reconnect with you all & we have events & books coming out !
Meanwhile wishing you a beautiful fall.
Nicole & Pierre
EVENTS:

SEPTEMBER:
Pierre Joris 
Tuesday, September 11 | 7:30 pm-8:45 pm
Not Invisible Today: Winners of PEN Translation Prizes
WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St. Brooklyn, NY 11222
Meet the translators behind prize-winning translations. Sponsored by PEN America’s Translation Committee and moderated by Committee member Jonathan Cohen, this program showcases three translators talking about translation and reading from their works. We will hear from Pierre Joris, 2005 Poetry in Translation Award winner for Lightduress (Paul Celan); Tess Lewis, 2017 PEN Translation Prize winner for her translation from German of Angel of Oblivion (Maja Haderlap); and Sandra Smith, 2007 PEN Translation Prize winner for Suite Française (Irène Némirovsky). 

Nicole Peyrafitte 
Friday, September 21  5-7pm 
Book signing CARNET 2 (Redfoxpress, Ireland)
NY Art Book Fair  @ MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
also available online / en vente ici

Pierre Joris 
Thursday, September 20 7:30 pm
With Pierre’s Words
UAlbany Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222
Pierre & the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company perform ”With Pierre’s Words” with music composed by Joel Chadabi, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences 25th anniversary celebration.

Pierre Joris
Sunday, September 30 7-9 pm
Reading for International Translation Day
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St NYC 10003
Pierre Joris reads extracts from his translation of Safaa Fathy’s “Revolution goes through Walls”(SplitlevelTexts 2018).

OCTOBER:
Pierre Joris & Richard Sieburth
Monday, October 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Imagination of Henri Michaux
Albertine bookstore, 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075
Join Richard Sieburth & Pierre Joris as they discuss Sieburth‘s new translation of Henri Michaux’s “A Certain Plume” (NYRB).

Pierre Joris
Thursday, October 4 – Friday, October 5 
Symposium on “Ethnopoetics”
UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
Details to be announced.

Joris/Peyrafitte & …
Saturday, October 20   4pm
Poetry & music in tribute to Gerrit Lansing
The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St, Kingston, NY 12401
with Michael Bisio, bass
Don Byrd, Pierre Joris, Robert Kelly, Chuck Stein, George Quasha, Tamas Panitz, T. Urayoan Noel

NOVEMBER:
Nicole Peyrafitte
Wednesday, November 14   8pm
Trickster Feminism with Anne Waldman & Friends
The Poetry Project, New York
This event will highlight Anne Waldman’s new book Trickster Feminism, Penguin, 2018. With musicians, vocalists: Fast Speaking Music (Devin Brahja Waldman and Ambrose Bye) with special guests: Melanie Dyer, Janice Lowe, Thurston Moore, and the premiere of a short video “Crepuscular” by No Land, 2018.

NEW PUBLICATIONS:

Nicole Peyrafitte:
LANDSC0PEÉditions Plaine Page, June 2018
U.S book release TBA / disponible chez votre libraire et/ou en vente ici
CARNET 2, an artist book by Redfoxpress, Ireland, August 2018.
also available online / en vente ici

Pierre Joris:
Stations d’al-Hallaj, translated by Habib Tengour, Apic Editions, Algiers, 2018
Safaa Fathy, Revolution Goes Through Wallstranslated by Pierre Joris with Safaa Fathy, SplitLevel, 2018

Forthcoming later this year:
Adonis & Pierre Joris: Conversations in the Pyrenees, Contra Mundum Press, 2018
Paul Celan, Microliths (Posthumous prose) translated by Pierre Joris, attem-verlag, 2018

DOCUMENTATION OF SUMMER
click for full photo & more videos gallery

Video sample:




Pierre Joris at Black Mountain Ghost Jam  May 2018.
Pierre Joris, with Nicole Peyrafitte and Camilla Nelson. Filmed by Penny Hallas with iphone-recorded soundtrack by Sarah Rhys. Projected films by Penny Hallas, projected still images arranged by Allen Fisher. Recorded sounds by Lyndon Davies. 

Radio interviews:
Pierre Joris interviewé Catherine Farhi  Enregistré à Sète le jeudi 27 juillet 
Nicole Peyrafitte & Seyhmus Dagtekin sur Radio Lenga d’Oc interview Bruno Cécillon
Enregistré à Sète le jeudi 26 juillet 

January 2018

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

Finissage

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

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