The entire Saga of the Beat Generation, via the manuscripts, books, films, photos, live performances of Allen Ginsberg and his associates in a large scale digital exhibition, the first of its kind. This multimedia "dematerialised" exhibition will be shown simultaneously at four separate partner institutions in Metz, Rennes, Karlsruhe and Tourcoing.
curated by Jean-Jacques Lebel
Centre Pompidou-Metz presents the entire Saga of the Beat Generation, via the manuscripts, books, films, photos, live performances of Allen Ginsberg and his associates in a large scale digital exhibition, the first of its kind.
This multimedia "dematerialised" exhibition will be shown simultaneously at four separate partner institutions:
Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing,
Champs Libres in Rennes,
ZKM-Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe,
At Centre Pompidou-Metz, the exhibition will be staged in the Studio, a 400 sq-m space dedicated to live performance.
by the curator, Jean-Jacques Lebel.
"Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation, Reality Sandwiches is a virtual collage in motion, an ambulatory, non-linear, multimedia environment across seven screens, so that visitors can wander in and through a forest of Beat Generation images and texts, guided by one of the group's leading figures, the poet Allen Ginsberg. The purpose is to discover the multiple facets of this "uprising of youth" that began in the United States and spread across the world, and which invented not just a rebellion and a form of written expression, but a way of life and a poetic vision of the world.
The exhibition will be an unprecedented compilation of extracts from famous and little-known films (by Robert Frank, Anthony Balch, François Pain, Jean-Michel Humeau, etc.), video-reports – many previously unseen in public – filmed interviews in Paris, the US and elsewhere, including original interviews of Allen Ginsberg by Jean-Jacques Lebel, filmed in Paris by Alain Jaubert and Alain Fleischer, and numerous iconic or newly revealed photographs with individual and group shots by Ginsberg himself, Richard Avedon, Françoise Janicot, Harold Chapman, Gérard Malanga, and many others. It is a portrait of the movement's many protagonists, beginning with Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kerouac, Corso, Ferlinghetti, McClure and Snyder.
Image: Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poète américain, devant un portrait d'Arthur Rimbaud, dans la chambre 25 du Beat Hotel, 9 rue Gît-le-Coeur. Paris (VIème arr.), décembre 1956. Photo : Harold Chapman.
Crédit photographique : © Harold Chapman / TopFoto / Roger-Viollet
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