Saturation – Poetry-Action

Free tags: 
poésie-action
saturation
poésie-sonore
Creator: 
Bernar Venet
Bibliographical sources: 
GOLDBERG Roselee, PEDRINI Enrico et SAUSSET Damien (dir.), Bernar Venet: Performances, etc. 1961-2006, Milan, Editions Charta, 2006, 248 p.
Theoretical background: 

I am working on the principle of equivalence. My artistic approach is supported by a broad enough concept which enables me to express myself in several disciplines at one time. [...] In the 1960s, my first poems used mathematical language and targeted objectives parallel to those of my paintings of the time. I was looking to introduce into the field of poetry mathematical symbols, clear signs, univocals (monosemics). It was a way to escape the limits that poetry had hitherto developed: the first of a relation to reality (polysemic) or to phonetic, sound or lettrist poetry (pansemic), not using normal words of spoken language. The idea later came to me to distance myself a bit from the radical nature of this proposal. But for the sake of constant research, I always avoided wasting my time to respect conventions, in these clichés so easily recognizable that suggest to the masses that a text is poetic.

SAUSSET Damien, Saturation Poésie-Action in GOLDBERG Roselee, PEDRINI Enrico et SAUSSET Damien (dir.), Bernar Venet : Performances, etc. 1961-2006, Milan, Editions Charta, 2006, pp. 208.

Occurence: 
Description: 

Recording of several texts read aloud simultaneously. This poem is the result of voice recordings of eight people in different languages which gradually overlap, to quickly become incomprensible. The texts, with no relation to each other, allowed Berar Venet to reaffirm his interest in the idea of saturation. Saturation is described in the section of Information Theory entitled Noise Theory: Too much information offered simultaneously prevents us from grasping the meaning of what is offered to us. It is an interesting subject for reflection that offers, in my opinion, a  wide variety of unique artistic proposals and being able to take advantage of it as I do in different disciplines enables me to begin to discover all the wealth.

SAUSSET Damien, Saturation Poésie-Action in GOLDBERG Roselee, PEDRINI Enrico et SAUSSET Damien (dir.), Bernar Venet : Performances, etc. 1961-2006, Milan, Editions Charta, 2006, pp. 208.

Bernar Venet lors de la performance à l'Espace de l'Art Concret
Bernar Venet | photographie de la performance "Saturation - Poésie-Action", 2003 | Bernar Venet lors de la performance à l'Espace de l'Art Concret | © Bernar Venet - ADAGP, Paris 2012 | photographie : © Espace de l'Art Concret