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Reported Speech (NYC, 2018)

Pavel Arseniev. Reported Speech (New York: Cicada Press, 2018)

This is the first bi-lingual English-Russian edition of Pavel Arseniev’s poetry. Arseniev is a St. Petersburg writer, editor, political activist, theoretician, and recipient of the Andrei Bely prize, Russia’s most prestigious literary award. The book contains an introduction by Kevin M.F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania) and is edited by Anastasiya Osipova.

Arseniev’s poetry provides a living link between the legacy of the 1920s Soviet avant-garde art­ and theory, on the one hand, and the modern Western materialist thought on the other. It traces how these diverse influences become weaponized in the language of contemporary Russian protest culture. Arseniev readily politicizes all, even the most mundane facts of the poet’s life, while at the same time, approaching reified bits of found speech and propaganda with lithe, at times corrosive irony and lyricism.

“One hundred years after the October revolution, LEF (Left Front of the Arts), and Russian Formalism, Pavel Arseniev brings into Russian poetry the militant excitement of subversive materialist exploration and canny activist protest. The unique results of this poetic event will, without a doubt, be exceptionally interesting and useful to an American reader.”

         Kirill Medvedev, the author of It’s No Good

“Pavel Arseniev charts the ‘emergence of unexpected forms of collective life…’ These vivid translations show contemporary Russian poetry at one of its high points, where language laughs at its own seriousness but opens the way for astute cultural insights and a bracing evocation of life lived out loud.”

         Stephanie Sandler, Harvard University

The truths of Russian administered reality were long ago stripped bare, so that now the poet’s work is to invent a new line of camouflage. Warning: Pavel Arseniev is a defector with only his disguises to divulge. Perhaps this as close as we can come, in this moment, to alchemy. Or is it allegory? Warning: this is poetry that makes Russia great again. Arseniev is taking a bullet for poetry but, at the same time, he is asking – will poetry take a bullet for you? Warning: any complete picture – lies. Then one day dyr bul schyl. Reported Speech turns the stink of the real into a stinging aesthetic coup de grace. I’m defecting to that.

         Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania


Related events:

27 November Pennsylvania University | Readings & discussion @K.PLatt’s seminar
29 November City University of New York (Hunter College) | Poetry Reading and Book Talk
30 Novembre — 1 December Yale University | Symposium «Pointed Words: Poetry and Politics in the Global Present»
2 December New York City | Readings @Ugly Duckling Press Headquarters
4 December Chicago University | Readings & discussion @R.Bird’s seminar
5 December Harvard University | Readings & discussion @S.Sandler’s seminar
8 December Boston | Readings @ASEEES
12 December New York University (Jordan Center) | Poetry Reading and Book Talk @Jordan Center


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Интервью и ментальная карта для выставки «Ревизия: места и сообщества»

В сентябре 2018 года в рамках фестиваля «Ревизия» был презентован зин «Ревизия: места и сообщества», в котором представлены 14 историй о Петербурге, проиллюстрированных ментальными картами города: графическими зарисовками персональной топографии, жизненных маршрутов, знаковых мест и событий.

Как возможно построить разговор о культурном пространстве города? Что в него включается? Кто его определяет? Эти карты и интервью — отражение личного опыта проживания культурного пространства, и, вместе с тем, — подступы к разговору о совпадениях маршрутов, попытка определения общих мест. Все герои и героини выставки-исследования так или иначе вовлечены в различные не институциональные инициативы и сообщества в сфере поэзии, теории, современного искусства, музыки, театра, активизма.

Интервью Павла Арсеньева среди интервью других художников, поэтов и философов, среди прочего, передающих из разных перспектив и под разными углами исторические детали становления журнала [Транслит] из инициативы двух студентов на задворках филологического факультета, историю Коммуны на Кузнечном и другие мифы и легенды Петербурга 2000-10-х, а также дающие критический анализ культурной сцены в ситуации новых форм занятости и медиа-темпоральности.

PDF по ссылке http://wordorder.ru/images/companies/1/revizion_zine.pdf

Для тех, кто все желает приобрести бумажный экземпляр, «Порядок слов» запустил подписку на печатную версию зина: wordorder.ru/reviziya-mesta-i-soobschestva-zin-katalog/

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Poetry & Performance at Nova synagoga (Slovakia)

Сегодня в Nova synagoga в словацком городе Zilina открывается выставка «Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective», в которой участвует несколько ранних работ.
 
Opening: Friday December 22, 2017, 6pm
Exhibition open until: March 10, 2018
 
Artists:
Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Collective Actions Group, Václav Havel, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Andrei Monastyrski, Roman Osminkin, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Mladen Stilinović & many others
 
Curators:
Tomáš Glanc, Sabine Hänsgen.
In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene.

Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective

The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural  milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings.

The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. “Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective” thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. 

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La propagande par le fait

Pavel Arsenev’s & Michael Kurtov’s lecture-performance «La propagande par le fait» in the framework of the programm «REAGENZ — Dialog of artist and philosopher»

4 Decembre, в 19.00
Kunstraum Dreiviertel
Monbijoustrasse 69, Bern

The juxtaposition of effectiveness of words and of persuasiveness of deeds dates back to the biblical epoch, but in political practice this pair first appears in the movement of parlefaitism (from the French ‘par le fait’), or propaganda by the deeds, inspired by writings of Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin (buried in bremgarten cemetery, bern). In the illiterate country which Russia was in 19th century such form of political argument as ‘real deeds’ was indeed more convincing than any speech acts, however а deep distrust towards the signifier is rooted in the very russian cultural consciousness, e.g., in a metaphysical aspiration of poets ‘to speak by the soul’ or ‘to write with the truth’. The aim of the project is to clarify what parlefaitism can mean for political, artistic and intellectual life today, in the year of the centenary of the October revolution.

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Grenze des Systems DIALOG NO.1 PAVEL ARSENEV & MIKHAIL KURTOV 4. Dezember, ab 19.00 Kunstraum Dreiviertel Monbijoustrasse 69, Bern Wir freuen uns, Euch zu unserer neuen Veranstaltungsreihe des interdisziplinären Projekts «REAGENZ — Dialog zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft» einzuladen. Eröffnet wird die Reihe am 4. Dezember mit der Präsentation der Ergebnisse eines Gespräches zwischen Dr. phil. Mikhail Kurtov und dem Künstler Pavel Arsenev. Der Wissenschaftler und der Künstler sind nach eingeladen um sich mit dem Thema “Grenze des Systems” auseinander zu setzen. Zum Abschluss des “Revolutionsjahres” werden sich unsere Gäste aus St. Petersburg an den, in Bern beerdigten, russischen Anarchisten Bakunin erinnern und die Grenze zwischen “Real deeds” (die von ihm propagierte, leistungsorientierte Arbeit) und “blosser Rederei” diskutieren. Wir kennen weder Ablauf noch Ergebnis des Gesprächs und sind gleichermassen gespannt auf die Präsentation. Ausstellung: 4. Dezember – 20. Dezember 2017

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Fancy Moscow (Installation)

Fancy Moscow, 2017

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Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair and Mercury present Pavel Arsenev’s installation Fancy Moscow. The work is displayed as part of Cosmoscow parallel programme with participation of Alexei Maslyaev, curator of Cosmoscow non-commercial programme.

 

Between the arches of the Tretyakovsky Pass and all along its length three-dimensional white letters are strained. They are formed in lines of simple words and short sentences. While the viewer tries to look them over in a single glance, they intersect in layers, ‘interrupting’ each other. One can only ‘embrace’ them in motion. While moving to Nikolskaya Street, all the lines can be read in a certain non-linear sequence, connecting into a spatial text composition. The way it is organized (breakdown into lines and their length, the line spacing, etc.) sets the rhythm. This way separate phrases and words become a poetic speech suddenly materialized.

Arsenev’s interest toward graphical aspects and types of poetic texts’ representation implies rapport and convergence of the both literary and artistic spheres. The Fancy Moscow installation introduces the work of Vsevolod Nekrasov (1934-2009), notable representative of the second wave of Russian avant-garde and poet of the conceptual school to the art scene. As Nekrasov himself said, “For me poetry is, to a large extent, is visual art,” and Arsenyev shares this view of poetic text. Arsenyev provides the text with material form and puts it into another dimension. There is a transition of a temporal phenomenon into a spatial phenomenon. Poetry ceases to be intended for reading and turns into a situation that emerge as a space of interaction and dialogue. Being a work of public art, Arsenyev’s statement is connected with the transformation of the everyday urban environment, in which there is usually no place for poetry. Overcoming the boundaries of printed page, expanding the notion of its possible relation to reality, poetry invades the city and fuels imagination and the ability to dream.

 

Pavel Arsenev is an artist, poet and theorist. Arsenyev is the participant of several personal and collective exhibitions (see here) and author of three books, “That, Which Does Not Settle In the Head” (AnnaNova, 2005), “Colorless Green Ideas Violently Slumber” (Kraft, 2011), and «Spasm of accommodation” (Berkeley, 2017). He is editor-in-chief of the literary criticism almanac Translit. He was the recipient of the Andrei Bely Literary Prize in 2012.

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Afghan-Kuzminki

Spectacle by Pavel Arsenev based on dramatic poem Keti Chukhrov.

Site-specific performance directed by Pavel Arsenev took place on clothes market in the very center of S-Petersburg behind the Big Dramatic Theater. The piece is based on the text “Afgan-Kuzminki”, a dramatic poem by Keti Chukhrov with two protagonists — the wholesale dealer of the cheap clothes market and a saleswoman. This play juxtapose the everyday prophane language of the unprivileged with the almost miraculous potentiality to overcome and transcend such language by means of the Poetic, that can arise from anywhere. Harshness that helps to struggle with hard life at the expence of becoming beasty, rude and merciless might have an incredible and unexpected outcome in case of the event of love, filiation, meeting, amity. Hatred, pain, nausea may have a strange climax when they are able to achieve transformation into the opposite. This is possible only in the regime of the poetic parole which is not the monologue of a lirycal hero, but always a live dialogue between the two or more — i.e. a theatre. The plot of a play is very simple. The wholesale supplier Hamlet offers the saleswoman Galina a barter — if she has sex with him, he lets her get a more profitable sales counter — not the underware counter at which she presently works but the fur-counter. It is clear though, that none of them actually desires such sex, they do it because within the life they live they are doomed to such relationship. This is a mathematical formula of a predetermined promiscuous compromise, out of which the real touch between two human beings could help to escape. Such an escape may happen not by means of morals or elevated matters but within the fuss of life’s filth, and despite it. As long as the play goes on, Hamlet and Galina try to have sex at a dress-change room right in the market. It is not comfortable there, so they move to medical-aid room, just because there is a bed there. And again, Galina is hampered by medicines’ smell, Hamlet beats her for being so capricious but they later drive to Hamlet’s flat. Then all of a sudden Galina’s favourite series begin over TV and she asks to postpone sex after it ends. They dumbly watch TV. Then Hamlet is listening to Putin’s speech until it is very late and until they both — very tired and unable to have any contact — intimate, personal, or any other — are ready to fall asleep. The more so, that their job at the market the next day starts at 7 a.m. This is when the miracle may happen — between sleep and wake, between being and non being, between man and woman. And it sort of happens.

Director: Pavel Arsenev
Dramatic poem: Keti Chukhrov
Actors: Vladislava Miloslavskaya and Petr Chizhov
Designer: Eugenia Myakisheva
Sound-design: Artem Stepanov
 

Reated events:

26 july, Petersburg. Discussion «To be and to perform» with Pavel Arsenev and Keti Chukhrov

30 august, Riga. Pavel Arsenev’s lecture on contemporary experimental theater.

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Press:

Интервенция в городскую среду // Экран и сцена

Театр в натуре // Газета.ru

Введите свой текст

Введите свой текст…

Групповая выставка «Введите свой текст…»

Выставка «Введите свой текст…» — размышление о роли текста в произведениях современных художников. На выставке будут представлены работы 11 молодых авторов, особенностью которых так или иначе становится использование текста в визуальном искусстве.

Слово и текст сопровождают изображение с древнейших времен, постепенно логично соединяясь в рукописях, книгах, плакатах и т.д., но также проникая в, казалось бы, чуждую для себя сферу — живописного пространства. Беря свое начало в экспериментах авангарда, и достигнув наивысшей точки развития в концептуализме – включение текста в живопись не теряет актуальности до сих пор.

Объединив работы разных авторов, основной темой выставки станет вопрос — кто же они, эти молодые художники, для которых текст основа основ? Последователи концептуалистов, рефлексирующие над искусством его же средствами? Повзрослевшие граффитчики, поменявшие уличные стены на холсты? Современные поэты, создающие некий синтез искусств? Может быть, просто люди, ведущие дневник оригинальным способом?

И, наконец, вопрос, который встает не только перед зрителями, но и участниками и создателями выставки — что же это: вызов или провокация, недостаточность и исчерпанность живописных средств, следование традициями или подражание? Или же единственная возможность высказаться и быть услышанным?

Художники: Павел Арсеньев, Стас Багс, Митя Безыдейный, ЕлиКука,
Максим Има, Мария Крючкова, Кирилл Кто, Дарья Мацкевич, Семен Мотолянец, Тристан Рево, Валерий Чтак.

Куратор: Елизавета Воробьева

Группа текстового искусства


Интервью с куратором выставки «Введите свой текст…»

Spasm of Accomodation (Berkeley, 2017)

Pavel Arsenev. Spasm of Accomodation (Berkeley: Commune Editions, 2017)

California:

April 19th: Commune Books reading: Pavel Arsenev and Nanni Balestrini. Begining 19.30

April 26th: University of California Berkeley (Dwinelle Hall, Room 3335).Begining 17:30

April 27th: Stanford University (William R. Hewlett Teaching Center 201). Begining 18.30

New York:

May 1st: Night of Anarchist Culture. Begining 20.00

May 3rd: n+1 headquarters. Begining 19.30

Публикация в kloaka (Братислава) и выставка в Hybernska (Прага)

В свежем выпуске журнала экспериментального и неконвенционального творчества kloaka (Братислава) опубликовано интервью с Павлом Арсеньевым и подборка поэтических текстов в переводе на словацкий.

 

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Также в апреле выставкой «Город и эмоции» в центре Праги открылось новое пространство Hybernska с ассоциированными исследователями и художниками, которое в будущем станет частью Карлова Университета.

В рамках выставки была представлена документация серии «Фрагменты идеологического серфинга» (Москва, 2015)

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