After 10 years of collaboration with Mainz based Fluxus Artist “Brandstifter”, publishing two books, performing in Galeries, Music Festival and Literature houses from New York to Vienna, this is our first audio publication.
“Antibodies – Inside the machine”, flux-on-demand 27/ V.E.B. Freie Brandstiftung, Mainz 2019
Brandstifter – vocals, loops, toys
Huelstrunk – vocals, loops, noise
more Info on our performances
my poem “Helsinki” is part of the first Anthology of German Poems about Finland and the Finns, neighboring such classic poets als Berthold Brecht, Joachim Ringelnatz, Johannes Bobrowski, Hans-Magnus Enzensberger and a Best-Of the new German Poets like Ulrike Draesner, Nora Gomringer.
“Die Nadelwälder dunkeln fort im Osten” (Edited by Volker Pirsich), Heiner Labonde Verlag 2019
presenting Sami Poetry; Joiks & Talks at City Library Frankfurt, 17.10.2019, Guest of Honor Norway, in cooperation with Bookfair Frankfurt, NORLA and City Library.
With: Synnøve Persen, Niillas Holmberg, Inga Ravna Eira, Biret Risten Sara, Karen Anne Buljo, Prof. Harald Gaski, Christine Schlosser (Translator), Oliver Møystad (NORLA), Sabine Homilius (Head of Frankfurt City Library)
Pictures by Detlev Kinsler
Bookfair Reading at “Literatur in Hessen”,
Friday, Oct.18th, 2019, 3pm, Hall 4.1., Booth G71
Milena Maren Röthig and me will read texts and discuss our experiences with the new writers residency program in rural areas “Land in Sicht” of Hessischer Literaturrat.
Last years residency at North Hessen town Hünfeld spawned off a poetry chapbook and a fieldrecording CD documenting sounds of water, trains, cars, churches, songs and talks about early computers.
In-Between – From Joik to Rap
New Sami Poetry between tradition and future
Thu., Oct.10th, 2019, 7:30pm
Zentralbibliothek Frankfurt (Central City Library)
Free Admisson, Drinks & Bretzel
with Synnøve Persen, Niillas Holmberg, Inga Ravna Eira.
Special Guest: Karen Anne Buljo (Joik)
Introduction: Prof. Harald Gaski, German Translation: Christine Schlosser, Oliver Møystad:
Host: Dirk Hülstrunk
Reading in sami/german/english
A blending of poetry, storytelling, song, music, visual arts and political activism. In the middle of Sami culture there is the ancient and originally shaman “Joik”, a singing technique, both spiritual and emotional.
PHOTO: PAUL S. AMUNDSEN
Riddu Riddu er en årlig, internasjonal urfolksfestival som arrangeres i Manndalen i Troms.
Niillas Holmberg er en samisk låtskriver og rapper fra Finland.
My sound poetry dance project with Finnish Dancer/Choreographer Milla Koistinen is now featured prominently in the new “dance & poetry” issue of Finnish Online Magazine “NOKTURNO”
Here´s a link to the interview: https://nokturno.fi/poem/structure-or-chaos-a-little-bit-of-everything
and here to A Pile of Frames: https://nokturno.fi/poem/a-pile-of-frames
Editorial for the issue is here: https://nokturno.fi/en/news/movements-and-words-special-issue-on-dance-poetry
My talk with the amazing Georgian Avantgarde Poet & political activist Zurab Rtveliashvili at City Libary during Bookfair Frankfurt 2018 (German/Georgian). The talk was part of a series of presentations of new Georgian Poetry I curated for Georgian National Book Center.
Zurab is one of the artists that directly connect to the long forgotten futurist/dadaist tradition in Georgia.
From Oct. 15.th – Dec 15.2018 I was the resident artist in the small town Huenfeld in northern Hessia. I lived in the unique artist tower in the center. A lot of famous artists stayed here before me, but it seems no one ever stayed that long.
Huenfeld is a small town near Fulda, quite conservative & catholic. The biggest place is the the St. Bonifatius monastery of the Oblate-Brotherhood, a missonary order.
But it is also home to the Huenfeld Museum Modern Art in the old gasworks. German-Polish Artist Juergen Blum-Kwiatkowski established a unique collectiion of minimal and concrete art. He also initiated the “Open Book” Project in which the city of Huenfeld itself serves as an “open Book” with mostly concrete & minimal poetry on more than 100 walls.
Another wonderful place is the Konrad-Zuse-Museum, which displays early computers build by computer pioneer Konrad-Zuse in the 1940s and 1950s. The old computers are wonderfully restored by Herbert Topat, the only person in Germany who is able to bring them to life again. Most of the displayed computers can be operated.
A few kilometers outside of Huenfeld you can find remnants of the East German Wall & Point Alpha Memorial – the US Army Observation Point of the border during cold war. A second museum on the old border explains about the development of the wall and about the cold war in general. The whole area was called the Fulda Gap, a place where the Russians were expected to invade West-Germany. Since the US-Army knew it did not have enough capacity to stop a serious Russian invasion they developed small nukes they would throw in that case. The civilians were not to be warned, otherwise they might block the roads. Of course the nukes would also kill their own soldiers. These cynical strategies fired up the peace movement in the 1980s. Now the archives show that the Russians/East Germans had indeed very detailed plans for an invasion of West-Germany. Makes me shiver to see, how close to hot war we really have been.
Since 2015 there are also three refugee camps in and around Huenfeld. Together with Syrian/Venezoelan refugee Latifah Hamchou I was able to create a project I called “Huenfeld Open Stage International” where Immigrants & refugees could present poetry, music & dance.
I had been to some artist residencies abroad but this was my first artist residency in Germany. It was way more interesting than I thought. I learned a lot about local traditions but also about the many transitions this place has gone through. What we think of as “old traditions” is in some cases not that old at all. A lot of “traditions” were obviously invented in the 19th century, especially true for the brass music. Most of the “traditional” music & dances originate in Bohemia & Habsburgian culture of the 19th century.
The church culture isn´t local at all. The catholic church is a huge international company and most of the rites are the same all over the world. None of the local priests I met were born in Huenfeld. They come from all over Germany and from neighboring countries. They don´t speak and often don´t understand the local dialect.
I also learned about the (church) organ. I understand it is much more than just another “instrument”. With it´s immense possibilities of sound it´s a symphony orchestra played by one person. It looks more like a piece of architecture than an instrument. It is constantly rebuilt, it can be put up in another place or you can integrate parts of other organs. Organist Mathias Steinmacher invited me to have a look behind the scenes. I was just blown away by seeing how huge & complex this is. I was also surprised to hear that many church organ players love to improvise & to create crazy sounds that will shake the whole building.
In the end I created a chapbook with poems & a cd with fieldrecordings from Huenfeld.
I will present two prominent Georgian poets each day during Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 at 13h:
Georgian Characters – Poetry Talk
Moderation: Dirk Hülstrunk
Main stage (Forum, Ebene 1) Buchmesse Frankfurt
Täglich 13 Uhr
10.10. \ Besik Kharanauli, Diana Anfimiadi
11.10 \ Paata Shamugia, Eka Kevanishvili
12.10 \ Shota Iatashvili, Zviad Ratiani
13.10 \ Shalva Bakuradze, Rati Amaglobeli
14.10 \ Lia Sturua, Giorgi Lobzhanidze
Across borders – Electropoetry and Spoken Word from Georgia
presented by Dirk Hülstrunk
Live music: Gogo Dzodzuashvili, Toresa Mossy,
authors: Rati Amaglobeli, Shalva Bakuradze, Erekle Deisadze, Zurab Rtveliashvili
Spoken Word meets electronic beats. Archaic rhymes meet club culture. Sound poetry meets performance and social protest. Rebellious up-to-date poetry that moves body and brain. The young Georgian poetry uses traditional meters and intonations as well as electronic beats and social messages.
Rati Amaglobeli is the shooting star of the Georgian poetry scene. Zurab Rtveliashvili is the most intense and provocative poet performer in Georgia. Shalva Bakuradze is obsessed with the sound and intonation of poetry, Erekle Deisadze is famous as musician as well as Spoken Word/Rap poet. Gogi Dzodzuashvili is a pioneer of the Georgian electronic music scene. The show will finish with an audiovisual live concert by author/musician Toresa Mossy.