Jackson MacLOW & Anne TARDOS (USA)
Jackson MacLow (1922, Chicago, USA) – poet, performer, musician, artist. One of the veterans and classics of the American experimental poetry. He has been writing since 1937. As the key methods in creating his productions the author uses systemic-probabilistic (the concepts of “intentional,” “quasi-intentional” and “unintentional”) and casual approaches (development of various possibilities of choice). MacLow is the author of about thirty poetry books, including such as: The Twin Plays (New York: MacLow and Bloedow, 1963), August Light Poems (New York: Caterpillar Books, 1967), 4 trains (Providence: Burning Deck, 1974), From Pearl Harbor Day to FDR’s Birthday (College Park, MD: Sun & Moon Press, 1982), Bloomsday (Barrytown: Station Hill Press, 1984) and others. He was the first publisher of literary works of the members of Fluxus-movement, in 1962-63 his productions were repeatedly presented by G. Maciunas at the Fluxus-festivals. Since the 1960s he participated in numerous festivals of experimental poetry, music and performance in the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. MacLow’s sound poetry productions and plays are presented in LP, MC, CD and CD-R formats solo and in various anthologies, including such as: Aspen Magazine (No.8, NY: Fall-Winter, 1970), Alcheringa (No.4, New York: Autumn, 1972), The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Totally Corrupt (NY: Giorno Poetry Systems Institute, 1976) and many others. His paintings and graphic works have been exhibited at various museums and galleries, including those shown in the 1990s: Venice Biennial (Fluxus-pavilion, Venice, 1990), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 1990), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, 1994), Guggenheim Museum (New York, 1995) and many others. His sound productions were repeatedly broadcast on the American and German radio (WDR, Cologne), and the musical compositions, representing MacLow as a composer, – within large-scale concerts in Europe and the USA. He is a laureate of literary prizes and rewards, including The America Awards for Literature (Poetry Award, 1994), Dorothea Tanning Prize (The American Academy of Poets, 1999). MacLow lives and works in New York (New York, USA).
Anne Tardos (1943, Cannes, France) – poet, performer, artist, composer. Covers various areas of art (video, computer graphics, painting, etc.) and literature, making use of multilinguistic effects in her productions. She is the author of a number of poetry books, including such as: Cat Licked the Garlic (Vancouver, B.C.: Tsunami Ed., 1992), Mayd-Shem Fish (Connecticut: Potes & Poets Press, 1995), Uxido (Berkeley, CA: O Books/Tuumba Press, 1999), in which poems are combined with computer processed video images. She participated in numerous festivals of experimental poetry in Europe and the USA, including the following: 12th International Sound Poetry Festival (Washington, 1980), “Scene Wien” Sound Poetry Festival (Vienna, 1983), Sub-Voicive (London, 1984), Text-ljud festival (Stockholm, 1984), Polyphonix 8 (San Francisco, 1984), Milanopoesia (Milan, 1989), 3rd Heidelberger Festival for Experimental Literature and Music (Heidelberg, 1989), Festival de la Bâtie (Geneva, 1992) and many others. The radio version of her sound-play “Unter Männern/Among Men” was performed on the WDR (Cologne) and in 1996 received a prize at the Acoustica International Competition. Her poetry and visual productions have been published in a large number of magazines and anthologies, and the sound works are represented in MC, and CD-formats in the: Gatherings (NY: New Wilderness Foundation, 1982), Songs and Simultaneities (NY: Tarmac, 1985), The Museum Inside the Telephone Network (Tokyo: NT&T, 1991), A Chance Operation: The John Cage Tribute (Westbury: Koch Int. Classics, 1993), Spoken Music (S.E.M. Ensemble, 1994) and others. Tardos’s visual-graphic, painting and installation productions have been shown within various large scale exhibitions, including such as: Venice Biennial (Fluxus-pavilion, Venice, 1990), MOMA (New York, 1994), Jack Tilton Gallery (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and many others. Since the 1980s she has been deeply involved in academic activities, lecturing at educational institutions in the USA and Europe. For many years she has been collaborating with J. MacLow. Tardos lives and works in New York (New York, USA).