Jean-François BORY (France)
Jean-François Bory (1939, Paris, France) – poet, essay writer, photo-artist, publisher. He is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, prose, artist’s albums, including the following: Bientôt (Paris: 1967), Made in machine (Brescia: Amodulo, 1972), Sans titre (Paris: Arthur Hubschmidt, 1974), Poemes Mecaniques (Paris: L’Energumene, 1975), Autres textes (Bordeaux: Agullo, 1979), Poemes Mecaniques 2 (Paris: NèPE, 1981), Un Auteur sous influence (Paris: Flammarion, 1986), Pas tout le même jour (Paris: Flammarion, 1988), Poesies provisoires (Paris: Maeght, 1991) and many others. He was the co-editor of the magazine “Approches” (4 issues, 1965-69, in collab. with J. Blaine), in the early 1970s he initiated publishing of the historically and experimentally oriented periodical magazine “L’Humidite” (25 issues, 1970-78) where alongside the thematic issues, dedicated to the theory and practice of futurism, and also to the creative activities of the contemporary authors, new poetic photo-aesthetics was represented. “Bory played a pioneering role in giving photographs a new function just as Henri Chopin did with his audio material” (G. Perneczky, The Magazine Network). Bory is the author of a number of anthological editions, such as: Agentzia (in collab. with J. Gerz, 1968), Once Again (New York: New Directions, 1968), Post-Scriptum (Paris, Eric Losfeld, 1970) and others, and also of the sound poetry editions of the retrospective and reviewing character “SonArt” (jointly with J. Donguy, Paris: A.D.L.M. & Centre National du Livre). Among the productions recorded in the MC-format, in the group collections and anthologies are the following: Text und Aktionsabend (Bern, 1968), Polyphonix (Milan – New York, 1983), Trois contre Un (Paris, 1999), among the solo releases are such as: La fabrication du crepuscule (Paris, 1983), A l’impossible nul n’est tenu (Paris, 1985), Game Over (Verone, 1985) – accordingly reproduced in the CD-formats in 1998 (Paris: trAce Label). Since 1965 he conducted a number of solo and participated in collective exhibitions of concrete-visual poetry in various cities of the world: in Paris and Marseilles – since 1965 till 1997, in Verone, Rome, Milan – since 1970 till 1996, in Barcelona – since 1986 till 1990, in Bonn, Zagreb, São Paulo, New-York, San Francisco, London – since 1969 till 1985, in Lisbon and Kyoto – since 1979 till 1992, also held a solo exhibition tour around various cities in Japan (1994-95). He is the author of numerous publications in magazines, albums and anthologies of the contemporary literature in France, USA, England, Germany, Russia, Japan, etc. Since 1983 he was a member of the international poetic group “Logomotives” (Sarenco, A. Arias-Misson, J. Blaine, P. de Vree, E. Miccini, F. Verdi). Within this group Bory participated in more than thirty exhibitions of experimental and visual poetry in various countries. As an actor he took part in the following feature films: Collage (directed by Sarenco, Italy, 1984), Cinematon (directed by G. Courant, France, 1984), Patience dans l’azur (directed by L. Bongrand, France, 1985), En attendant la troisieme guerre mondiale (directed by Sarenco, Italy, 1986) and others. Jean-François Bory lives and works in Paris (France).