Valeri SCHERSTJANOI (Russia)
Valeri Scherstjanoi (1950, Sagiz, Kazakhstan) Ц poet, sound-performer, graphic artist-scribentist. Since 1971 till 1976 he studied at the department of Romance and Germanic Philology of the Kuban State University (Krasnodar). In 1979 he emigrated to the GDR, since 1981 till 1998 lived in East Berlin, since 1999 he has been living in Munich. He started his creative literary and artistic activities in the early 1980s, he has been creating sound verses using Russian and German phonetics, mainly writing in German. Since 1985 Scherstjanoj has been participating in the exhibitions of visual and concrete poetry, since 1987 he has been conducting exhibitions jointly with his brother Lew Scherstjanoi (Sovetsk, Russia) in various cities in Germany. He is the author of a number of poetry books, among them are the following ones: Das russische ABC Ц scribentisch (Obermichelbach: Gertraud Scholz Verlag, 1990), Laute zeichnen (Obermichelbach: Gertraud Scholz Verlag, 1991), Lautland (CD, Obermichelbach: Gertraud Scholz Verlag, 1998), since 1983 he has been writing theoretical texts (original poetТs theory and practice of Ars Scribendi), producing scribentic drawings and articles on the history of Russian futurism in magazines, collections, literary miscellanies and anthologies. The recent publications concerning these issues are in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (Mainz, 1996), Passauer Pegasus (Passau, 1997), Neue Poesie. 20 Jahre Bielefelder Colloquium (Bielefeld, 1997), Multilinear (Hannover, 1997), Poesia Totale (Mantova, 1998), etc. In 1998 in the УSeleneФ publishing house (Vienna) he produced an anthology of sound poetry: Tango mit Kuehen. Anthologie der russischen Lautpoesie des 20. Jahrhunderts, where in the printed form he united and commented on the works of the Russian poets of the beginning of the century. Since 1990 Scherstjanoj has been a member of the Bielefeld Colloquium of New Poetry, since 1994 till 1998 he was the art director of the International festival УbobeobiФ, Internationales Festival der Lautpoesie (Berlin). Since 1989 Scherstjanoj has been participating in numerous international festivals of sound poetry, performed in more than 50 cities and towns in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Holland, including such as: Le Refuge (Marseilles, 1990), Poesie Sonore (Geneva, 1990-99), Linzer Notate (Linz, 1990-2000), Polyphonix 16 (Quebec, 1992), Klang-Aktionen (Munich, 1994), Polipoesia (Barcelona, 1997), 29 Poetry International Festival (Rotterdam, 1998) and others. He has been publishing his sound poetry works since 1987, among the recent productions are the ones in: Sound Poetry Today (São Paulo, 1998), Hundert Minuten Poesie (Berlin, 1998), Dichter im Cafe Clara (Berlin, 1998). He is the author of a large number of radio performances on the Bavarian Radio (producer B. Jugel): Polyphonia (1991), Lautland (1994), Matrjoschka (1996), Tango mit Kuehen (1999), Makrophon (2000), on the South-German Radio (producer E. Klasse): Sprechoper Solitude (1995), Operative Personenkontrolle УFuturistФ (1996) and others, on the radio УFree BerlinФ (producer M. Mixner): Laut! Genommen. Eine phonetische Miniature (1997/98), Waldberta. Symphonia (1998). He is acting as a free author of experimental radio performances, mainly for the Suedwestrundfunk (SWR), Bayerischer Rundfunk, and also as a sound-performer, scribentist in the field of graphic art.