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Art as Activism or Art for Art's Sake?

Big Electric Chair - Andy Warhol

Why Poetry is Really Important, Maybe

Taught by Geoff Klock

Some famous guy, maybe AE Housman, said once that some people claim they like poetry but what they actually like is something IN the poetry, which is not the same thing. Let’s talk about poetry as the thing-in-itself – ding-an-sich as intimidating hardcore German philosophers would say. Let’s talk about Hedonism and Social Activism and look at some Ashbery and Stevens and Brecht.

Dial-a-Poem, Music, and Sparking Poetic Revolutions

Taught by Jessica Rogers

In this Olio we will begin unpacking the history of John Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem Series – from the phone lines and answering machines installed at MoMA in 1968, featuring provocative and diverse works by poets boldly confronting the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, racial inequality, and increasingly the AIDS crisis, to a series of innovative vinyl records, VHS tapes, and CDs produced by Giorno Poetry Systems (GPS) in the 70s and 80s. 

Discussion of these works will ensue, facilitated by text copies of particular pieces (to be provided). If part of the purpose of Dial-a-Poem was to use new and accessible technologies to spark poetic revolution, what relevance can we draw in an era of digital phones and emails? And yet we are also seeing a resurgence of vinyl – last year record sales hit a 25-year high – how might Giorno Poetry Systems influence experimentation and collaboration in the arts and activism today? 


The complete Dial-a-Poem/ Giorno Poetry Series vinyl set includes twenty-one records, all of which will be on hand with related ephemera for attendees to view. We will also listen to a selection of tracks, on an amplified portable record player, which typify each stage in GPS’s evolution, moving from pure poetry to the greater incorporation of experimental sound techniques and music. 




Location: Living Room

Will be shared with those who sign up in advance.

This Olio will take place in an apartment where everyone can bring their own snacks and drinks to gather together and learn in an intimate setting. Exact address will be shared with those who sign up before the event.


Other upcoming Olios


Jul 22

Immoral Art?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
3 p.m. at Mathew Gallery

Sign Up - $15

Jul 26

A Dog Named Ego

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Jul 28

NYC Poetry Festival | Revolutionary Letters, Confronting the Times

Taught by Jessica Rogers
1 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 28

NYC Poetry Festival | Sekou Sundiata & Radical Citizenship

Taught by Brian Lewis
3:30 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 29

NYC Poetry Festival | The Dangerous Pleasure of Art

Taught by Geoff Klock
3:30 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 29

NYC Poetry Festival | Poetry of Loneliness and Collaboration

Taught by Heather O'Neill
1 p.m. at Governors Island

Sign Up - $10

Jul 31

Immersive Listening - Bowie's "Low"

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

Aug 21

The Poetry in Piledrivers: Pro-wrestling as Art

Taught by Ben Abelson
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15


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