Thursday, December 2, 2004

Moving Picture Poetics: Sampling Fifty Years of Poets and Cinema

Program 2: Couplings

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Co-presented with The Poetry Center

Plagiarism (1981) is Henry Hills’ documentary of the New York “language poets” in their milieu, with Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, James Sherry and Hanna Weiner. The Last Clean Shirt (1964) is a Manhattan road movie shot by Alfred Leslie from the back of a convertible. A woman speaks gibberish, a man listens, and Frank O’Hara fills you in with the subtitles. Robert Creeley creates a minimalist gem on video for NCET in One and One (1968). Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s two brief pieces Vidéoème (1976) and Re Dis Appearing (1977) display her searing intensification of language and image. And in this rare screening of Alan Sondheim and Kathy Acker’s The Blue Tape (1974) be prepared for several raw and explicit takes on psycho-sexual intercourse. (Konrad Steiner)