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Alaric SUMNER (Great Britain)

Alaric Sumner (1952, South Africa 2000, St. Ives, Cornwall, England) poet, performer, editor. In 1974, he graduated from East 15 Acting School, where he underwent a course of acting. Later, he majored in theatre studies (MA) at the University of Leeds (Leeds), and worked on the doctorate dissertation on new technologies at the University of Warwick (Warwick). He was very active in the sphere of experimental literature bringing visual, sound, and action elements into his productions. The range of Sumners conceptual studies, besides his interest in the generation process and construction techniques of concepts of sexuality and writing (and also their interconnection), went beyond the text boundaries. In a number of productions created jointly with artists (such as S. Blow, R. McDermott and others) and musicians he tried to create multilayered (synthesized) pieces involving various performers and manipulation of technological environments; among them are the following productions: Unspeakable Room (Battersea Arts Centre, Tate Gallery St. Ives, Dartington College of Arts, London), Voices for 9 (The Royal Court, London) and others. Sumner is the author of several poetry books and brochures, including: Songs of Nonsense and Experiment (Zimmer Zimmer Press, 1976), Rhythm to Intending (Spectacular Diseases, 1994), Lurid Technology and the Hedonist Calculator (Lobby Press, 1994), Waves on Porthmeor Beach (Words worth language arts, 1995), Aberrations of mirrors, Lenses sight (RWC, 1998), Bucking Curtains (Mainstream Poetry Pamphlets, 2000) and others. He has frequently had his works published in various literary magazines, literary miscellanies, catalogues, and also in anthologies, recently in: Word Score Utterance Choreography in verbal and visual poetry (London: Writers Forum, 1998), My King of Angel: I.M. William Burroughs (London: Stride, 1998), Language alive (Lowestoft: Sound and Language, 2000) and others. Among his publications concerning the issues of theory and practice in contemporary literature and art are the interviews with C. Reedy, J.M. Smith in the magazine PAJ 61 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), B. Cobbing and L. Upton in Riding the Meridian (issue 2, vol.1), C. Reedy in Performance Research (Routledge, 2000) and theoretical articles on actional forms of creative activities, including articles in Linguistik International (Peter Lang Verlag, 2000). Sumners fruitful long-term editing activities widely praised: He is positively an editor, not just one who gets the material out, but one who seeks out the work that he wants, is ready to learn about new work and who is sympathetic in the extreme to the maker and her/his text (L. Upton). For several years he worked as an editor for the publishing house Zimmer Zimmer Press, and as an editor and publisher for the Words worth language arts magazine which is devoted to the issues of experimental literature. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Masthead Literary Arts magazine, a guest editor (later member of the Editorial Board) of the Riding the Meridian magazine, a guest editor of the PAJ 61 magazine (section Writings & Performance). From 1998, he worked as a guest lecturer at the Dartington College of Arts. Alaric Sumner died suddenly in March, 2000 in St. Ives, Cornwall, Great Britain.



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(fragment, on CD-edition: 133)

Written and performed by
Alaric Sumner.
2000 Alaric Sumner.
Special thanks to Lawrence
Upton for permission to use
this sound material.

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Theory

Dmitry BULATOV
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Christian SCHOLZ
Valeri SCHERSTJANOI
Larry WENDT
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Jean-Yves BOSSEUR
Henri CHOPIN
Michael LENTZ
Dean SUZUKI
Arrigo LORA-TOTINO
Klaus Peter DENCKER
Gerhard RUEHM
Teddy HULTBERG
Serge SEGAY
Jean-Pierre BOBILLOT
Jerome ROTHENBERG
Endre SZKAROSI
Carla BERTOLA
Steve MCCAFFERY
Lawrence UPTON
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Ide HINTZE
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Pierre-André ARCAND
Vittore BARONI
Eric BELGIUM
Carla BERTOLA
Isabella BEUMER
Sergei BIRJUKOW
Julien BLAINE
Guy BLEUS
Jaap BLONK
Jean-Pierre BOBILLOT & Jean-Luis HOUCHARD
Lars-Gunnar BODIN
Christian BÖK
Jean-François BORY
Dmitry BULATOV
Warren BURT
Philippe CASTELLIN
Cris CHEEK
Henri CHOPIN
Carlfriedrich CLAUS
Wayne CLEMENTS
Bob COBBING
Philip CORNER
Fabio DOCTOROVICH
Jacques DONGUY
Jas DUKE
Paul DUTTON
Carlos ESTEVENZ
FLOOM
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Peter FINCH
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Jean-Claude GAGNON
Hartmut GEERKEN
Alexander GORNON
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Mark GREY
Alex HAMBURGER
Jarl HAMMARBERG
Bernard HEIDSIECK
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Jol HUBAUT
Brenda HUTCHINSON
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Werner LAUBSCHER
Jean-Jacques LEBEL
Michael LENTZ
Arrigo LORA-TOTINO
Jackson MacLOW & Anne TARDOS
Claude MAILLARD
Chris MANN
Richard MARTEL
Steve McCAFFERY
Philadelpho MENEZES
Enzo MINARELLI
Phil MINTON
Massimo MORI
Charlie MORROW
Sainkho NAMTCHYLAK
Rea NIKONOVA
Alistair NOON
Maggie ΒSULLIVAN
Tibor PAPP
Oskar PASTIOR
Serge PEY & Joachim MONTESSUIS
Dmitry PRIGOV
Sergei PROVOROV
Miroslaw RAIKOWSKI
Josef Anton RIEDL
Américo RODRIGUES
Gian Paolo ROFFI
Jerome ROTHENBERG
Günter & Colette RUCH
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Xavier SABATER
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Elke SCHIPPER
Serge SEGAY
Gary SINGH
Hazel SMITH
Steven Ross SMITH
RE: SOUNDING
Enno STAHL
Amanda STEWART
Rod SUMMERS
Alaric SUMNER
Mark SUTHERLAND
Endre SZKÁROSI
Pierre THOMA
Gabór TÓTH
Liesl UJVARY
Lawrence UPTON
VERBOMOTORHEAD
Alberto VITACCHIO
Ania WALWICZ
Michael J. WELLER
Larry WENDT
Trevor WISHART
Pamela Z
Ellen ZWEIG