Rea NIKONOVA (Russia)
Rea Nikonova (1942, Yeisk, Russia) – poet, essay writer, artist, mail-artist. She is the founder of the Uktuss School (Sverdlovsk, 1965-74) – a group of artists and poets including V. Djachenko, F. Volosenkov, S. Segay, E. Arbenev, V. Kikin and others. Since 1965 she has been the publisher of the manuscript magazine “Nomer” (since1968 – jointly with S. Segay, 35 issues). She has been involved in the area of visual poetry since 1970, since that time she has been creating sound-poetic scores. Since 1979 till 1986 Nikonova published a magazine “Transponance” (jointly with S. Segay, 36 issues, Yeisk), that focused on the issues of theory and practice of visual and experimental poetry. She was the founder of the poetic group “Transpoets” (1980-86, St.Petersburg, members are: S. Segay, B. Konstriktor, A. Nick). Since 1986 she has been actively participating in a great number of international exhibitions of mail art, visual and experimental poetry, hand-made books, among them are the following: Segunda Bienal Internacional de Poesia Visual (Mexico City, 1988), I International exhibition of Visual Poetry (São Paulo, 1988), Transfutur: Visuelle Poesie aus Sowjetunion, Brasilien und deutcheschprachigen Landren (Kassel – Berlin, 1990), 3rd International Visual Poetry Exhibition (Melbourne, 1993), International Visual Poetry Exhibition (Port-Phillip, 1995) and many others. Since 1991 she has been publishing the international magazine of visual poetry and mail art “Double” (Yeisk, 6 issues). She is the author of numerous experimental-poetic publications, essays, books, including the following ones: Transponance transfurism (Siegen: Experimentelle texte, 1989), Zaum zaum zaum: Visual poems (in collab. with S. Segay, Wien: Das froliche Wohnzimmer, 1990), Collaborative vector poems (in collab. with I. Garnier, Yeisk, 1992), Phonetic waves (Orilla: ASFi Editions, 1992), Of Tonezharl (La Farge: Xexoxial Ed., 1993), Architeksturen (Berlin: Hibriden Verlag, 1994), Epigraph to the emptiness: Vacuum poetry (Moscow: V. Sidur’s museum, 1997), Combine: Poems from the series “Literature plus Music” (London: Writers Forum, 1998), Poetry is a boundary line between word and no word (London: Writers Forum, 1998) and many others. Nikonova has been conducting sound-poetic performances since1983, among the solo and group performances of the 1990s are the following: Hyperbolical Sound line (First Contemporary Art Festival, Smolensk, 1990), Gesture poems with marginals (Russia Avant-garde poetic, Tambov, 1993), The Burning Magaphon (“bobeobi”, Internationales Festival der Lautpoesie, Berlin, 1994), Sound Scenario for Sound Poets (also participated H. Chopin, A. Lora-Totino, P. Dutton, J. Blonk, V. Scherstjanoj, Polyphonix-26, Budapest, 1994), Sound improvisation together with S. Letov (“Classics of XXI Century” Literary Club, Moscow, 1995), One Sound (Contemporary Art Anatomy of St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg, 1998), Waves of Consonants (Neues Museum Weserbourg, Bremen, 1998) and many others. Nikonova’s sound poetry productions are published in a number of international literary editions, research articles have been published about the poet’s creative activities (among the authors are the following: G. Janecek, L. Bob-Drake, P. Garnier and others), several films have been made, including such as Labuda: Rea Nikonova and Serge Segay in Yeisk (directed by E. Smelaya, First program of Russian TV, 1992) and others. Rea Nikonova lives and works in Kiel (Germany).