Bernard HEIDSIECK (France)
Bernard Heidsieck (1928, Paris, France) – poet, artist, performer, essay writer. He is one of the founders of the European trend of sound poetry (since 1955) and action poetry (since1962). He was the organiser of the International Festival Sonore (Paris, 1976), of the international meetings-readings of sound poetry in Le Havre, Rennes, and also at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (George Pompidou Center, Paris). He is one of the organisers of the international festival of experimental poetry “Polyphonix” (contemporary poetry, music, performance, etc.) and for many years he has been its President. He has conducted more than four hundred poetry performances and readings (more than one hundred and fifty of them took place within his solo performances and concerts) in more than twenty countries. Heidsieck is the author of numerous books on visual, sound and concrete poetry, including the following ones: Sitôt dit (Seghers, 1955), B2B3 (Ed. Du Castel Rose, 1964), Portraits – Pétales (Ed. G. Schraenen, 1973), D2+D3 (Ed. H. Chopin, Collection “OU”, 1973), Encoconnage (Ed. G. Schraenen, 1975), Poésie Action/Poésie Sonore 1955-1975 (Ed. Atelier Annick Le Moine, 1976), Partition V (Ed. Du Soleil Noir, 1973), Dis-moi ton utopie (Ed. Eter, 1975), Poème-Partition D49 (Ed. Hundertmark, 1984), Dervichelle Robert (Ed. Evidant, 1988) and many others. Heidsieck’s poems, texts and sound poems are presented on more than seventy records and cassettes (50 of which are solo ones) in ten countries, among them are such as: “P puissance B”. Radiotaxi. Vibrazioni del sonoro 7 (LP-format, Ed. Lotta Poetica & Studio Norda, Italy), Canal Street (3 LP-block, Bil & Sevim Prod.,France), Le Carrefour de la Chaussée d’Antin (MC, New Wilderness audio Ed., USA), etc. As an actor and a performer he has participated in a number of feature films and documentaries, including such as: Portrait-minute (directed by F. Janicot and R. Beslon, France, 1968), Polyphonix 4 (George Pompidou Center, France, 1982), En attendant la troisième guerre mondiale (directed by Sarenco, Italy, 1984), Disturbance (directed by G. Hill, USA, 1989) and others. He is the author of numerous publications in various magazines, literary miscellanies, catalogues and anthologies of concrete and visual poetry both in France and abroad. In 1991 he received the Grand Prix National de la Poésie (National Grand Prix in poetry, the symbol of the highest recognition of a poet in France). Among his most significant poetry achievements and works the author considers creation of the first “score-poems” (1955), varied usage of tape recordings while reciting, performing, etc. (since 1959), and also creation of the following series: “Biopsies (1966-69), “Passe-partout” (1969-80), “Derviche / Le Robert” (1978-86), since 1970 – of the collage series “Writings / Collages,” 50 works of the “Canal Street” were exhibited at the J.&J. Donguy Gallery (Paris, 1986), and the collection of works “Artour d’Ezra Pound” and “Circuits Intégrés” were published as individual editions in the Ed. F. Conz, Verona, 1989 and 1990. In 1996 J.-P. Bobillot published a basic book-study Bernard Heidsieck, poésie action (accompanied by a CD “Morceaux choisis,” Paris: Jean-Michel Place Ed., 1996) about the creative activities of the French poet. Bernard Heidsieck lives and works in Paris (France).