A month of poetry - John Giorno

A month of poetry - John Giorno

John Giorno
Opening night and performance by the artist:
Thursday 30th April from 6 p.m.
RSVP: agenda@fluxlaboratory.com
Exhibition runs from 1st to 29th May 2015
Opening times: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. Weekend opening Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May only, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
In collaboration with the Almine Rech Gallery (Paris, Brussels, London)
Flux Laboratory is reopening and has invited the American poet John Giorno to mark its homecoming with a monthlong exhibition devoted to poetry.
A leading figure of the Beat Generation, John Giorno seeks to extend the frontiers of poetry and to free it from its elitist repertoire.
In 1965, he founded Giorno Poetry Systems, an artists' collective and record label that aimed to relay poetry to a wider audience using innovative means of communication. One such innovation was Dial-A-Poem, which uninterruptedly since 1968 has allowed anyone who wishes to hear poetry readings over the phone.
John Giorno is also a pioneer of performance poetry, readings performed with intensity before a live audience.
Some years ago, Giorno began adding a pictorial dimension to his work, creating Poem Paintings composed of words and phrases from his poems in the form of paintings, murals, drawings and screen prints.
The greatness of the poet is to get the audience to connect with a poem

– John Giorno
Flux Laboratory's exhibition will feature a selection of Giorno's Poem Paintings and a Dial-A- Poem phone offering dial-up access to around 200 poems. John Giorno will give a performance on the exhibition's opening night, on Thursday 30th April from 6 p.m
John Giorno was born in New York in 1936. After studying at Columbia University, he moved into the Bowery, joining that neighborhood's vibrant artistic community. It was there that he met Andy Warhol, who shot footage of him sleeping for his first film, Sleep. John Giorno's collaborators have included William S. Burroughs, Robert Rauschenberg, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Robert Mapplethorpe and, more recently, Elizabeth Peyton, Pierre Huyghe and Ugo Rondinone.
MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, Faux mouvement Centre d'art contemporain (Metz) and the Almine Rech, Agnès b., Nicole Klagsbrun and Elizabeth Dee galleries are among the venues that have shown John Giorno's work. He has given performances at Dia:Chelsea, the New Museum, 104, the Serpentine Gallery, the Swiss Institute and the Beacon Theatre.
The Palais de Tokyo will put on a retrospective of his work in October 2015.
Flux Laboratory is a multidisciplinary venue, based in Geneva and Zurich, that fosters creative work and thinking via high-quality encounters with the world of art, dance, philosophy, music, technology, the media and business.

For more information, please contact: Inès Flammarion +41 22 308 14 50 - iflammarion@fluxlaboratory.com

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