Action Poetry

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An action poetry evening organized by Bernard Heidsieck and Paul-Armand Gette. According to the invitation written by Ben "it is a show whose only purpose is to bring something new." Were presented:

Coléoptères and co. by Bernard Heidsieck and Paul-Armand Gette.

Permutation by Brion Gysin .

Cri-rythme by François Dufrêne .

Poèmes by Mimmo Rotella . Audio-poèmes by Henri Chopin .

Lettrie by Maurice Lemaître .

1 mot by Ben
Ben invited us to play Coléoptères and Co when we were on vacation on the Riviera. Bernard was in Valescure and I had unknowingly rented Marie Raymond's apartment (Yves Klein's mother) in Nice. Coléoptères and Co was written by Bernard as an allusion to my passion for entomology. The action consisted in three simultaneous moments. I was drawing insects on a paperboard, Bernard said texts while two firefighters/gymnasts exercised on stage. A full publication of this work of art exists. It should be asked to Bernard. Henri Chopin's magazine also published a text. The action was performed many times in France and elsewhere. Once the gymnasts asked us to do the workout in their stead. We managed fairly well. In Nice there was only us. I believe that Ben made a presentation of our action. But nothing else. Gysin, Dufrêne, Rotella, Chopin and Lemaître were not there. I am certain of that. I no longer remember if anyone read their texts.

Paris on March 30, 2012
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Paul-Armand Gette
Bernard Heidsieck
Ben
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Paul-Armand Gette
Bernard Heidsieck
Ben
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Ben
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programe de la soirée, texte dactylographié sur papier

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Paul-Armand Gette, Bernard Heidsieck, Ben | trace de la performance "Poésie action", 1966 | © Marcel Alocco - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | courtesy de l'artiste

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Coléoptères and co., 1977 | Bernard Heidsieck