Serge PEY & Joachim MONTESSUIS (France)
Serge Pey (1950, Toulouse, France) – poet, performer, essay writer, organizer. Author of fifteen poetry books, including the following ones: De la ville et du fleuve (Tribu Ed., 1981), Prophéties (Tribu Ed., 1984), La définition de l’aigle (J. Bremond Ed., 1987), Notre Dame La Noire (Tribu Ed., 1988), La Mère du Cercle (Travers Ed., 1994) and many others. He is the founder and editor of the magazines “Emeute” (since 1975) and “Tribu” (since 1981), dedicated to the theory and practice of the contemporary literature. Being the organiser of the group of action flamenco-poetry “Los Afiladores” and one of the participants of the international trend of direct poetry, Pey repeatedly performed in New York, Madrid, Quebec, Mexico-City, Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Tokyo, etc., as well as in the frameworks of the documenta 10 (Kassel, 1997). He is the author of a number of critical and theoretical articles concerning the issues of the contemporary art (many of which are translated into various languages), series of thematic programs on the French TV channel “Culture.” His sound pieces are represented in the solo albums: L’Enfant Archéologue (Artalec, 1987), Nihil et Consolatum (Tribu, 1996), Les Diseurs de Musique (CCAM, 1997) and many others, in the CD-releases jointly with A. Ginsberg, J. Montessuis and others. Pey is the author of numerous poetry performances and concerts, held in France and abroad, including the ones conducted jointly with V. Pradal, B. Lubat, M. Peronne, J. P. Lafitte, M. Doned, J. Mena and others. Since 1980 he has been acting as an organiser of the international festival of contemporary poetry in Toulouse. Besides his research and theoretical activities (Pey is an active proponent of the ideas of direct poetry and direct philosophy), he also teaches at the Centre of Artistic Initiatives at the University of Toulouse. Serge Pey lives and works in Toulouse (France).
Joachim Montessuis (1972, Bordeaux, France) – lingua-artist, musician, artist. In 1996 he finished art school in Besançon, at present he is a graduate student at the High School of Arts “Le Fresnoy.” He is the editor and publisher of the periodical on audio arts “Erratum” (since 1998, CD-format), that represents a wide range of artists, working in various areas of the contemporary sound culture (audio art, sound installation and performance, sound poetry, electro-acoustics, noise trends). Among the authors are such as: H. Chopin, J. Blaine, S. Pey, M. Giroud, R. Martel, B. Heidsieck, J. Donguy, Ph. Corner, J.-F. Bory, J. Giorno and others. Montessuis’s productions are published in a number of international collections and anthologies of sound poetrty in MC, and CD formats, including the following ones: Operette d’artistes (Station Mir prod., 1998), Doc(k)s Son (NèPE/Akenaton Ed., 1998), Coffre III of Archives dissipées (Montagne Froide Ed., 1999), Erratum #2 (Erratum musical, 1999), Tongue! (Coll. pitface workers, 1999), Music for dreamachine (+CD-R optical sound, 2000) and others. The artist is actively working in the area of audio installation, he held a solo exhibition “Cri d’Octave” at the Galerie du Pave dans la mare (Besançon, 1997), and also repeatedly participated in various group artistic projects both in France and abroad. Montessuis showed his sound poetry productions at international festivals, including the following ones: CICV Festival Virtual Recombinants (Brussels, 1998), Poevisioni Elettroniche’98 (Cagliary, 1998), Rencontres Internationales (Paris – Brussels, 1999), Emmetrop Festival (Bourges, 1999), Festival des Nuits savoureases (Belfort, 1999) and many others. In 2000 he recorded and released (jointly with S. Pey) a CD-album Nierica (Erratum Musical Ed., 2000). Joachim Montessuis lives and works in Strasbourg (France).