A HAMSTER IN YOUR SANDWICH

Posted: October 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Click on THIS LINK to go to Hal McGee’s website and read more about his production of A HAMSTER IN YOUR SANDWICH, an audio tape of John M. Bennett and I performing our own, each other’s, and our collaborative poetry, and making off noises with our voices and other instruments.
I’d like to make a few comments here primarily about SIDE TWO of the tape:
One of the joint readings was a spontaneous performance, in that I gave John my book WHAT IT SAYS and he gave me his book MIRRORS MÁSCARAS, then we took turns at spewing short phrases of whatever caught our attention as we flipped through the books. I had done that sort of thing once before during Roanoke VA’s Marginal Arts Festival at the home of Olchar Lindsann, where, at his suggestion, the group was encouraged to grab a book from his library and alternate with phrases chosen at random. What John and I did by trading texts was different in that one would hear one’s own poetry coming back at one and find text from the other’s poems that seemed to complement or twist it in new ways. That was truely a FIRST of it’s kind in our collaborative poetry efforts!
The tape’s title, A HAMSTER IN YOUR SANDWICH, was taken from a section of the very last poem by John read towards the end of the tape: an English/Spanish poem on p. 237 of MIRRORS MÁSCARAS titled “mirlibroror”. I copied John’s audio of “.a hamster in ,your sand/ wich” and mixed it into a final take with other sound tracks for the tape’s ending.
My poem, DEPORT DADA, was created in cutup fashion the morning of the day of recording as I wanted to perform something new, but I’ve created a shorter ‘fluxus’ version since I recorded it for Hal McGee’s tape project. Below, in this blog post, I present the text of the second version, which I recorded [minus the Afterwords] for Kommissar Hjuler’s audio project – Psych. KG 201 – Women in Fluxus. A few words were changed (“fluxus”, for instance, was inserted in a couple places) and a couple extraneous sections were cut in my attempt to keep the audio under three and a half minutes for Hjuler. In the text version presented here I’ve left my ten phrases of the “Afterwords” intact, though in the HAMSTER IN YOUR SANDWICH performance I invited John to collaborate with additions to each phrase. So, now that I’ve got you thoroughly confused:

Deport Dada!

I’ll ding 21 of 35 in 20 dance terms as a parting token
Support the arts! .. that artificial hell issued President Wash U. S.
Fostering cultures and the ache surprise f-fabric, landscapes, erotic symbols
Ill eats only started to scatter, breaking where the public review of adverse
Prosperity, creativity, and BARACK! BARACK!

The arts are fundamental to beauty, ethnicity, religion, or age performance…
For Breton it was out of cabaret and the words are of those eaten OMMMMMMMMMS
Your tax NOTICE, Dear Ms NOTHING, and he ate canned beans,
denied in whole or in part, NO COST TO YOU!
Portraits, visiting cards, bit ‘o five franc notes,
Defaced… Support the Arts! … that Dada should employ Benefits!

You can request message I delivered, that every higher GPA, service-benefit, and music
Support the event: Breton had fallen on our prom containing obscene drawings
Spectatorship: We hold their attention the date you received creativity and
A few months ago the typical items such as meals take place out of cabaret and the
Bet was processed in notice of the adverse beatification,
Please state whether you request documents or information, That’s the Union
Of all ice: we try an erection when the reason you believe a nearby cafe to be
Threatening and subversive,
FLUXUS is conventions to create a new type of fluxus action and review your animation of our
Air, making moments into .1 millions, generating a peanut seller, partly because
The hat and or proxy, he us to her in I to ork my condom, and seep the pin hood

Education laden Dada group, decanting, then wanting the event into a rut through
Improved academic standardized test scores, audience relations improperly denied comments,
questioned within 30 days of the NIT …
OUT pu-U-zation has an OUT of tourism …
Fluxus action would be confronted, imagined better than in a theatre…
OW! ILL you is at we OK the at of off, here is NISHED and to end each
In a manner you can understand through
This, We, A hand of tens

Afterwords:
Shadow print
Misplaced mirage
A thinker chair
Window movie
Baseball hat swan
Hand wheelie
Deja mirror
Skull postcard
Billboard itch
Wide load towed

C. Mehrl Bennett 9/13/14

Hal McGee project cassette cover 001

Deport DaDa !

Posted: September 27, 2014 in Digital Art, drawing, poetry, shoes, visual poetry
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Deport Dada!

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

I’ll ding 21 of 35 in 20 dance terms as a parting token

Support the arts! .. that artificial hell issued President Wash U. S.

Fostering cultures and the ache surprise f-fabric, landscapes, erotic symbols

Ill eats only started to scatter, breaking where the public review of adverse

Prosperity, creativity, goodness, and BARACK! BARACK!

………………………………………………………………………….

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

The arts are fundamental to beauty, ethnicity, religion, or age performance…

For Breton it was out of cabaret and the words are of those eaten OMMMMMMMMMS

Your tax NOTICE, Dear Ms NOTHING, and he ate canned beans,

denied in whole or in part, NO COST TO YOU!

Portraits, visiting cards, bit ‘o five franc notes,

Defaced… Support the Arts! … that Dada should employ Benefits!

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

You can request message I delivered, that every higher GPA, service-benefit, and music

Support the event: Breton had fallen on our prom containing obscene drawings and

Spectatorship: We hold their attention the date you received creativity, goodness and

A few months ago the typical items such as meals take place out of cabaret and the

Bet was processed in notice of the adverse beatification,

Please state whether you request documents or information, That’s the Union

Of all ice: we try an erection when the reason you believe a nearby cafe to be

Threatening and subversive, they ennoble our values, build bridges when times are tough…

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Art is conventions to create a new type of artistic action and review your animation of our

Air, making moments into the .1 millions, generating a peanut seller, partly because

The hat   and   or proxy, an he us to her in I to ork my condom, and seep the pin hood

Education laden Dada group, decanting, then wanting the event into a rut through

Improved academic standardized test scores, audience relations improperly denied comments,

questioned within 30 days of the NIT …

OUT pu-U-zation has an OUT of tourism …

Arts travelers would be confronted, imagined better than in a theatre!

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

OW! (Said with two or more voices) ILL you is at we OK the at of off, here is NISHED and to end each and

In a manner you can understand through

This, We, a hand of tens

 

Afterwords:

Shadow print

Misplaced mirage

A thinker chair

Window movie

Baseball hat swan

Hand wheelie

Deja mirror

Skull postcard

Billboard itch

Wide load towed

 

C. Mehrl Bennett

9/13/14

Flux On Flux Off posterCLICK HERE to view a video of bits&pieces of the FLUX ON / FLUX OFF

13 X 5 is available as a small saddle stampled booklet printed by Luna Bisonte Prods.

It consists of the following thirteen collaborative cinquains from a 9/13/2014

gathering at a XENIA OHIO restaurant after the fluxus event with five people:

C. Mehrl Bennett

John M. Bennett

Jonathan Stangroom

Jennifer Weigel

Reid Wood

 

Muchos  

Huevos fritos

Even in Spanish, too

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Hotel room enigma

Purple magma glowing onword

Vamos!

 

Of it

Noteworthiness 

Carries better reward

Nothing for it to be famous

Or off

 

Will we 

Have more of  it

Bananas and loose leaf

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

We will

 

Fly fish

Two eyes in back

Jumpy maggots fall off

Boring football field on TV

Turned off

 

Using one line from each author from first five poems:

 

Of it

Two eyes in back

Hotel room enigma

Foamback sandwich swallowed fast

To know

 

Using C. Mehrl Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Muchos

Two eyes in back

Bananas and loose leaf

Nothing for it to be famous

Vamos!

 

Using John M. Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Sheet hole

huevos fritos

Jumpy maggots fall off

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

Or off

 

Using Jonathan Stangroom lines from first five poems: 

 

Of it

On a road trip

Even in Spanish, too

Boring football field on TV

We will

 

Using Jennifer Weigel lines from first five poems: 

 

Will we

Noteworthiness

Hotel room enigma

I’m just not bilingual enough

Turned off

 

Using Reid Wood lines from first five poems:

 

Fly fish

Have more of it

Carries better reward

Purple magma glowing onward

To know

 

Using lines from Reid Wood and Jennifer Weigel: 

 

Flyfish

Noteworthiness

Carries better reward

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Using lines from Jonathan Stangroom, C. Mehrl Bennett, and John M. Bennett:

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Bananas and loose leaf

Foamback sandwich swallowed real fast

Vamos!

Flux On Flux Off posterThere is a FREE poetry reading & fluxus performance event called FLUX ON FLUX OFF that will happen on Sept. 13th, a Saturday, from 1-4pm in which John M. Bennett and I, along with Reid Wood from Oberlin, OH will perform; Jennifer Weigel and Jonathan Stangroom from MO & ME will perform; and hopefully Allen Bukoff from MI (plus or minus other unconfirmed pARTicipants) will perform.

Where? Blue Jacket Books in Xenia OH – A bit over an hour from Columbus OH (twenty minutes from Dayton OH) and for your GPS convenience: 30 S. Detroit St., Xenia OH, 45385

A bit of background info: Wikipedia defines “fluxus” as a movement which is still going on today, though it should be seen as an “attitude”, rather than in the historical context in which most people might think of an “art movement”. Today, we still perform historical scores (such as George Brecht’s “water music”) and often wear bowler hats and dress in black for group performance purposes, as we have great respect for the original bowler hatted members who created scores with the idea that they could be re-performed by ANYONE, and would take on a new life depending on the new performer’s interpretation and performance circumstances. The word “Fluxus” is a name taken from a Latin word meaning “flow, flux” (noun); “flowing, fluid” (adj.). But also, ANYONE with understanding of the fluxus attitude can create brief or durational scores and perform or publish them with or without an audience, anytime, in any place, and via any media.

See http://www.bluejacketbooks.com/ for more info about what BLUE JACKET BOOKS, our venue for Sept. 13th (2014), might have to offer for collecting or research or for your personal edification. They ship books for free if the order is $25 or over, and welcome inquiries via phone or email for specific interests.

Luna Bisonte Prods will have a few books out on display during and after the above event.

 

These works were created for one side of a collaborative accordian book. The other side involved one long horizontal collaborative work.

JMB CMB accordian side two (Click image to view large)

Only six copies of this book exist right now. 3.5″ ht. x 17″ length unfolded.

Xray-Vision-collaborative-accordian-book  JMB CMB accordian cover

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We ran into Christine Hayes in the Worthington OH post office a bit over a week ago. Christine was on her way to Comfest in the Short North area of Columbus, and so upon exiting the post office we were regaled with her ART CAR. As I took the opportunity to snap these photos, she asked me to remind folks “Do Not Touch the Art Cars”. Can you believe that some people have the nerve to lean up against or even sit on them! Christine’s assembled paraphenalia of colorful found objects and small toys and now, I’ve noticed, computer keys, is just such amazing EYE & MIND CANDY that I can’t resist sharing these photos here. She’s been sharing her art car at community events for decades now, and I feel a great sense of camaraderie with her with regards to her art aesthetic. She’s also a fellow Aldus Society member and works at the Acorn Bookshop in Grandview, where we visited yesterday and I picked up a load of cheap, used books and books on CD (for my long-distance car trips).

overview of Asemic Shadows with Cheryl PennCheryl Penn is an artist living in South Africa. See her book arts at THIS BLOG

We have exchanged mail art and have done a collaborative book together once before. This time Cheryl mailed six original 3.5 x 2.5 inch sections of a painting she did, along with a color photo of the original full sized painting. I scanned the six painted pieces and digitally dissected the color photo to create more page images for our book. Then I added my linear pictoglyphs, using her paintings as inspiration.

 

I inkjet printed nine of these, sprayed with UV protective coating, added varying collage elements, and different cord colors and beads to secure the book shut for storage. It was a real pleasure to work with Cheryl Penn’s painting for my fourth collaborative accordian book. I’ve posted all four for sale on ETSY (click here if interested).

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