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Items: Forgotten / poetry cycles, overview + process thoughts

Items: Forgotten, backgrounder etc

Along the way, I produced a series of visual freeverse poetry called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers“ – part pirate treasure map, part meanderings stashed in a non-secret hiding place, part punk rock handbills.

+ Back Story
The poems started in an Ayurvedic clinic the Himalayas, a ship in Arabia, and ruins around Mediterranean, …then attached to vintage hotel letterhead (much acquired from a tiny Greek Monastery store in a heavily Hasidic neighbourhood Montréal neighbourhood), assembled in off-strip Las Vegas, shared in Utah canyons… and now distributed to points unknown. Further batches were assembled on in a camper truck in Olympic Peninsula, Wa, and later Sanur and Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia with scraps printed here and there.

+ Process
Sometimes, i don’t have a printers, other times no Internet, often no typewriter, so i make do with what i have: scissors, glue, paper… items i can pick up a dusty island shops and forgotten stationery stores.

When i write, (usually) starts as scribbles in notebooks and then gets hastily transcribed into a digital form and printed when opportunity strikes for editing – in this case, the editing leaves errors in typing and structure and instead cuts and pastes (like Burroughs to Bowie would do) and then reassembled in various ways.

+ Form
Each substrate (hotel letterhead, aerogramme, envelope) shown is uniquely augmented with stamps – both postal and ink – and other ephemera, carefully selected and then applied as though it wasn’t.

Sometimes, lettraset letters, fuzzy Lomo photos and bits of typewriter come along.

+ Themes
Overall, the pieces explore themes of wandering lost, losing self and others, scraping beneath the crust of culture and myth, remixing identity, connecting the history to the present in all it’s vagaries, and considering what becomes of our story when we vanish… naturally made with affection.

+ Next
What follows (and brings me here) is another series is queuing up – Vol. 6 “Circumnavigation” spanning cultures, geography, form and accruements.

The first dispatch in the series is a remixing of myself (originally written on 3 postcards and mailed to 3 different people) with insomniac observations about Yangtze River and Shanghai’s absurd skyline as seen from a ship.

Chipped out your draft obituary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Chipped out your draft obituary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Hit the road with Kerouac – from New York to Kobe (or something like that)

Hit the road with Kerouac from New York to Kobe (or something like that)

The legendary sc/roll of “On the Road“ which sparked so many people hitchhiking, train hopping, disappearing on ships — opening their mind, exploring new cultures and traditions and sparking so much counter-culture… from beats, pranksters, hippies, punks, to diy independent everything and freethinking anyone, yes that one / ‘Tis lionized in many songs, remixes, movies, chapbooks, fanzines – the thumbprints are everywhere.

And now you can add to the legend by showing up as this (valuable in every sense) artifact is coming to Asia for the first time ever. Specifically, Kobe Japan from April 25 – May 31 at BB Plaza Museum of Art.

Plus, your old pal (me!) is helping kick things off with a special hands-on, hand-made, do-it-ourselves, story-making workshop on April 29. All ages welcome, just bring a curious mind and be ready to use some scissors and glue and instant camera and typewriters and have some laughs and learning. Continue reading Hit the road with Kerouac – from New York to Kobe (or something like that)

Name every stray dog – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Name every stray dog – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Kerouac Comes to Japan / overview of storymaking workshop

Kerouac “On the Road” storymaking workshop

Workshop: “We Are the Stories We Create”
April 29 (Wed.) 14:00 to 16:00 
Venue: BB Plaza Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
Capacity: 20 people / Free participation (* Exhibition ticket required) / Advance reservation system / First come first served /
Presented in English and Japanese

Blurb:
Handmade workshop! Participants create their stories using typewriters, paper, scissors and glue, and explore various ways to share them. Create one booklet together. We work with original materials such as mimeographs and hand-made books shown by instructor Dave.

4月29日(水) 14:00-16:00 会場:BBプラザ美術館
定員:20名 / 参加無料(*展覧会観覧券の提示要)/ 事前予約制 / 先着順 / 日英対応
講師:デイブ・オルソン(デザイナー)
手作りワークショップ!参加者はタイプライターと紙、ハサミやのりを使ってそれぞれ物語を作り、それをシェアする様々な方法を探ります。一緒に1つの冊子を作成します。講師デイブがお見せするガリ版刷り、手綴り本などの実物を参考に工作します。

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会場:BBプラザ美術館
神戸市灘区岩屋中町4-2-7 BBプラザ2F TEL 078-802-9286
シンポジウム「ジャック・ケルアックの『オン・ザ・ロード』の旅:神戸から世界へ」
5月24 日(日)13:00-17:00 (開場 12:30) 
会 場:シマブンホール(BBプラザ4F)
定 員:200名 聴講無料(*展覧会観覧券の提示要)・事前予約制 ・先着順 ・通訳付 
講演者:
青山南(作家、翻訳家)
柴田元幸(神戸市外国語大学客員教授、東京大学名誉教授、『MONKEY』責任編集者、翻訳家)
ヒラリー・ハラデイ(ビート研究者、前マサチューセッツ大学ローウェル校アメリカン・スタディーズ・ケルアック・センター所長、What’s Your Road, Man?: Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road 編集者)
マシュー・セアドー(神戸市外国語大学教授、著作 Understanding Jack Kerouac, The Beats: A Literary Reference)
司 会:難波江仁美(神戸市外国語大学教授)

More: https://www.facebook.com/Kerouac-Comes-to-Japan-1412997018836396/

Distant hill station – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Distant hill station – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Hit the Road for Kerouac / Let’s go! Kobe, April 29, 2020

** Let’s go! Kobe, April 29 **
Kerouac “On the Road” storymaking workshop / in Japanese and English
Workshop: “We Are the Stories We Create”
April 29 (Wed.) 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: BB Plaza Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
Capacity: 20 people / Free participation (* Exhibition ticket required) / Advance reservation system / First come first served /
Presented in English and Japanese
Blurb:
Handmade workshop! Participants create their stories using typewriters, paper, scissors and glue, and explore various ways to share them. Create one booklet together. We work with original materials such as mimeographs and hand-made books shown by instructor Dave.
4月29日(水) 14:00-16:00 会場:BBプラザ美術館
定員:20名 / 参加無料(*展覧会観覧券の提示要)/ 事前予約制 / 先着順 / 日英対応
講師:デイブ・オルソン(デザイナー)
手作りワークショップ!参加者はタイプライターと紙、ハサミやのりを使ってそれぞれ物語を作り、それをシェアする様々な方法を探ります。一緒に1つの冊子を作成します。講師デイブがお見せするガリ版刷り、手綴り本などの実物を参考に工作します。

“On The Road” to Kobe for Kerouac – scroll exhibit and story workshop

Jack Kerouac Alley, San Francisco, 2018 (come here this guy tell beat stories)

Jack Kerouac is well-noted for typing/writing his epic novels of personal discovery against a backdrop of a rapidly changing America on long sc/rolls of paper – to maintain momentum rather than pausing to change sheets among other reasons.

Jack Kerouac examines roll manuscript Note: Obv not my photo, source unknown

There are around 8 of these sc/rolls in existence and all were sold off by the estate managers (rather than archived in museums/libraries)  the location of most is unknown… however the most *famous* of the rolls “On the Road” sold for some millions and is now coming for exhibition display to Kobe, Japan at BB Plaza Museum

 
Typewriter: Kerouac's Underwood (used for On the Road)
Typewriter: Kerouac’s Underwood – Note: Not my photo, source unknown

Of course, Kerouac is a massive influence on my life of hitchhiking, train/ship riding, poetry writing, and finding beauty in the downtrodden and digging into life with vigour and authenticity. 

Along with the majestic original tome of a genre-defining and culture-changing book comes a series of events curated by Prof Matt Theado and colleagues at Kobe University [see Kerouac Comes to Japan FB to follow along]  including documentary film screening, symposium and more.

Among the line-up is your pal (me) doing a 2 hour hands-on analog workshop about making stories in various formats. I’ll be bringing the old-timey suitcases filled with surprises from the archive and supplies for making new artifacts in real-time. 

Reading Kerouac at the appropriate interaction in San Francisco whilst recording
PfGB / Reading Kerouac at the appropriate interaction in San Francisco whilst recording Kerouac Choruses at Third and Harrison – Postcard #36

If you are in Japan, consider coming along – seriously, we’ll have a good time. Not in Japan? Maybe i’ll capture some goodness for ya but if you can spread the word and/or send some vibes, ’tis well-appreciated. 

Read on for details of my gig and then more about the event in general… Also, spending time with the roll i suspect will feel like see King Tutankhamun’s death mask (Seattle 1978). 

Note: See evidence of presentation style from previous gigs

DaveO Workshop / in Japanese and English(ish)

Workshop: “We Are the Stories We Create”

Dave spiels at Northern Voice conference, 2009 (photo by…?)

Lecturer: Dave Olson (designer)

April 29 (Wed.) 14:00 to 16:00 

Venue: BB Plaza Museum of Art (web | FB)

Capacity: 20 people / Free participation (* Exhibition ticket required) / Advance reservation system / First come first served / Presented in English and Japanese 

Handmade workshop! Participants create their stories using typewriters, paper, scissors and glue, and explore various ways to share them. Create one booklet together.  We work with original materials such as mimeographs and hand-made books shown by instructor Dave. Continue reading “On The Road” to Kobe for Kerouac – scroll exhibit and story workshop

Fronds cool the unweary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Fronds cool the unweary – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Aqueducts. mysteries solved – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Aqueducts. mysteries solved – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)

Continue reading Aqueducts. mysteries solved – Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 6, Circumnavigation)