UnionDocs program adviser Pejk Malinovski‘s project “Passing Stranger” will be presented as part as The Armory Show Arts Week 2012 this Friday (March 9th, 7pm).
“Passing Stranger” is an audio walking tour of poets and poetry associated with the East Village, created by award-winning radio producer Pejk Malinovski. The tour – narrated by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, with music by new music pioneer John Zorn – provides an anecdotal, digressive tapestry of the poetry that lived and continues to live in the neighborhood.
Through the 1940s and 50s American poetry was dominated by the high modernism of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. In the late 50s and 60s poetry changed dramatically, moving toward language that was looser, less formal, more open to politics and city life, sex and popular culture… more communal. Many of those changes took root in New York City’s East Village. The audio walk features commentary from key figures in the East Village poetry scene, including Richard Hell, Ron Padgett, Ed Sanders and Anne Waldman along with historical recordings of Joe Brainard, Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Koch.
The walking tour ranges from the Bowery in the west to Avenue C in the east, Bleecker Street in the south and 12th street in the north. Stops include St. Mark’s On-the-Bowery, W.H. Auden’s old apartment building, Tompkins Square Park, Allen Ginsberg’s old building, the Bowery Poetry Club and more. Each stop presents a montage of poetry, interviews and archival recordings relating to that particular place.
From March 10th to 11th, as a part of the Armory Arts Week’s Downtown Satellite Event, “Passing Stranger” will be displayed at Audio Visual Arts Gallery in the East Village as a multimedia installation.
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