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Legend of spoken-word poetry, JOHN GIORNO makes an Ottawa appearance!
In an international touring career that has spanned more than five decades, JOHN GIORNO gives his first-ever Ottawa performance, Wednesday, November 7 at the National Arts Centre!
To further rock the NAC's foundations, we'll see introductory performances given by the fine talents of IAN KETEKU, JOHN SOBOL and BRANDON WINT!
Event info on the National Arts Centre website:http://nac-cna.ca/en/community/event/4010
JOHN GIORNO is an American performance artist and poet born in 1936. He first came to prominence as the subject of Andy Warhol's 1963 film, 'Sleep.' His work has been of enormous influence, notably in the development of Spoken Word. He has spearheaded several innovative projects exploring emergent technologies and distribution methods. In 1965, Giorno co-founded Giorno Poetry Systems, a non-profit foundation which collaborated with poets and artists such as William S. Burroughs, John Ashbery, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson and Robert Rauschenberg. In 1968, Giorno initiated the Dial-A-Poem service, through which callers could listen to poetry over the phone, foreshadowing the development of phone-based services. A survey of his poetry is published in Subduing Demons in America, Selected Poems 1962-2007 (2007).
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