Rod SUMMERS (The Netherlands)
Rod Summers (1943, Verwood, Dorsetshire, England) Ц poet, artist, lingua-artist, publisher. In 1972 he took a course of Tape Recording and Editing at the University of Hull, since 1974 till 1977 he studied at the Jan van Eyck Academy of Fine Art (Maastricht). He is deeply involved in various spheres of the contemporary art (computer graphics, performance, installation, audio art and sound poetry), emphasising the communicative and network components of the projects held (archives, small press, publications, etc.). Since 1973 he has been carrying out all his artistic research activities as a VEC-institution, the main trends of which are: VEC Audio Exchange (1978-83, published 16 international audio-art reviews in the MC-format), VEC Audio Editions (since 1980, publication of sound poetry monographs), VEC Publications (since 1974, publication of poetry productions), VEC Computer Projects (1989-96, publishing projects on digital carriers). He is the author of more than twenty poetry editions, books, brochures (Maastricht: VEC Publi.): I have forgotten (VEC Publ.), Should you need... (VEC Publ.), Influence 43-75 (VEC Publ.), Poems 68-72 (VEC Publ.), E.R. 78-03 (VEC Publ., 1978), Druids come back (VEC Publ.), Visions of the albatross as a mature poet (VEC Publ., 1990), Razor Bill & The Scanman (VEC Publ., 1993) and many others. Within the series VEC Audio Editions he has published 28 audio-art and sound editions (15 MCs and 13 CDs, with 150 copies of each edition), among them are the following ones: Helgisaga (1985), Elemental Audio (1988), The Agnes that sat on my tent (in collab. with ј. Olafsdottir, M. Anderson 1997), Two audio dreams (1990), One third of Infinity (1998), Anecdotal Evidence (1998) and many others. Summers is the author of the collective project УVEC Audio Fantasy CV,Ф within the frameworks of which 3 CD-collections of audio art and sound poetry of authors from various countries have been produced: Gedda Grip! (1998), Gedda Way!! (1999), Gedda Life!!! (2000). As a performer and a sound poet he has participated in international festivals of contemporary art, including such as: УBirdsФ Multimedia Festival (Wurzburg, 1980), Performance Festival (Ferrara, 1981), УDichter bij BeeldenФ Poetry Festival (Amsterdam, 1983), Biennale International de Poesie (Liege, 1984), Reykjavik Art Festival (Reykjavik, 1990), Polypoetry Festival of Sound Poetry (Bologna, 1993), International Sound Poetry Festival (Bologna, 1997) and others. His works were broadcast on various radio stations in Europe, North and South America, including RAI Radio Uno, Radio Sweden, Radio Nacional de Espana 2, Radio Bremen 2, Dutch World Service Radio and others. Summers conducted a number of solo and participated in numerous group exhibitions in various countries, including the exhibitions at: Biennial of Sydney (Sydney, 1982), Kunstcentrum (Maastricht, 1984), Kassel Kunstverein (Kassel, 1986), Museum of Fine Arts (Budapest, 1987), Provincial Museum (Hasselt, 1989), Galerie NRP De Brieder (Rotterdam, 1991), PTT Museum (the Hague, 1992) and others. He delivered courses of lectures and conducted workshops at the Icelandic School of Art (Reykjavik), State Academy of Art (Oslo), Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht). The documentation from the poetТs VEC-archives is included in the Documentatie Beeldende Kunstenaars Limburg of the Limburgian Art & Culture Foundation (the Netherlands). Rod Summers lives and works in Maastricht (Limburg, the Netherlands).