Serge SEGAY (Russia)
Serge Segay (1947, Murmansk, Russia) Ц poet, artist, essay writer, publisher. In 1962 he created his first zaum and abstract verses. He was the organiser of the Anarcho-Futuristic group (Vologda, 1962-64), he is a member of the Uktuss School (Sverdlovsk, 1965-74), a publisher (in collab. with Rea Nikonova) of the manuscript magazine УNomerФ (1965-75, 35 issues). In 1969 he created the first verbal pictures and visual poems, many of which were later published in the magazines Lost & Found Times, Score, Arte Postale!, Offerta Speciale, Doc(k)s, Vohnzimmer, Teraz Movie and others. Since 1970 he has been producing sound-poetic scores, the most significant of which have been included into the poetТs edition Scores of sound & noise zaum poems (Yeisk, 1996). Since 1979 till 1986 Segay wrote a great number of articles on visual and experimental poetry for the magazine УTransponanceФ (Yeisk), also published articles on the history of the Russian poetic avant-garde in literary magazines in Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Russia. He was the organiser of the 1st International Exhibition of Mail Art in the USSR (Yeisk, 1989), was also the first in the USSR to publish an article on the mail art (УIskusstvoФ magazine, 10/1989). He was the organiser of the 1st International Exhibition of Visual Poetry in the USSR (Yeisk, 1990). Segay is the author of a number of poetry books: Verses for the Bolshoi Theatre ballet-dancers (introduction by doctor, professor C. Belloli, Orillia: ASFi Editions, 1990), Blut Poesie (jointly with J.-W. Glaw, Gütersloh: Edition dТOro, 1992), Made in Zaumland: Visual poems and collages (La Farge: Xexoxial Ed., 1993), Melo sing sang ong (London: Writers Forum, 1998), Noises: ein noise project (in collab. with B. Cobbing, London: Writers Forum, 1999), and of a great number of books written in collaboration with J.M. Bennett, V. Baroni, R. Crosier, Rea Nikonova, P. Garnier and others. In 1992 he published at the University of Trento (Italy) a book of verses by Vasilisk Gnedov with commentaries and introduction. Among his literary publications in Russia are the ones in the following magazines and literary miscellanies: Urbi, Credo, Volga, Kovcheg, Oikumena; in the books Ц Zeugma. Russian poetry from mannerism to post-modernism (Moscow: Nauka, 1994), Experimental poetry. Selected articles (Königsberg Ц Malbork: Simplicij, 1996), Point of view. Visual poetry: 90s (Kaliningrad: Simplicij, 1998) and others. He has been carrying out experimental-poetic research with help of the tape recording since 1985. Among the poetТs sound poetry editions are the following ones: Axe work (1985), Seven bell poems for Alamut (1990), Zaum noise cannibalism (1995), King-bobeobi-Kong (1996), Transformations (1999). For about twenty years Segay has been presenting his sound poetry performances, among his performances of the 1990s are the following ones: Sounds of Shaman (УbobeobiФ, Internationales Festival der Lautpoesie, Berlin, 1994), Assistances (Polyphonix-26, Budapest, 1994), Hommage a Luiggi Russolo (Art Collegium Festival, St.Petersburg, 1998), Raoul HausmannТs Nightmare (Pushkin House, St.Petersburg, 1998), The Breathing of Cannibal (Neues Museum Weserbourg, Bremen, 1998). His productions were repeatedly broadcast on the National Hungarian Radio, National Radio of Spain, East Germany Radio and others. Since 1985 he has been actively participating in various international exhibitions of visual and experimental poetry in many countries. Serge Segay lives and works in Kiel (Germany).