Word (s) ound

A festival of text-based sound art and poetry

Festival Programing

1993.12.02 | 9:00 p.m.
Word(s)ound Radio
WLRN 91.3 FM

Produced by Stephen Malagodi, this one-hour radio show will introduce South Florida audiences to the work of some of the artists featured in the Word(s)ound Festival. We will hear works by Jackie Apple, Gregory Whitehead, Joan LaBarbara, Jackson MacLow and Anne Tardos

1993.12.03 | 11:00 a.m.

Alison Knowles
Ground Level Gallery, Miami Beach

Bean Sequence
This Collection of stories and sounds first appeared on West German radio nearly a decade ago. This new intermedia production by Joshua Selman and Dekart Video in New York has been organized into a sound garden by artist/legumicist Alison Knowles

Loose Pages
Pure flax papers in an edition by Alison Knowles and Coco Gordon transform book pages directly into sound performance

1993.12.03 | 01:00 p.m.

Word(s)ound Brown Bag Panel Discussion
Alliance Film/Video Project, Miami Beach

Word(s)ound artists discuss issues of text-based art with members of the audience. Participating artists include Jackie Apple, Adrian Castro, Alison Knowles, Joan LaBarbara, Jackson MacLow, Jan Sebon!, Kiki Wainwright and Gregory Whitehead

1993.12.03 | 02:30 p.m.

Kenneth Goldsmith
Ground Level Gallery, Miami Beach

No. 105
No. 105 is a 25-minute long mathematically based rhyming text work. Its mantra-like syncopation starts simple with monosyllables and grows in complexity along the way making stops at the lowest of low culture and the highest of high. By adopting formal constraints to the polysyllabic strings of semantic content each element in the mix is obliged by his initial constraint to end-rhyme with the sound “e.”

1993.12.03 | 03:00 p.m.

Gustavo Matamoros
Ground Level Gallery, Miami Beach

Una Guitarra Boca Sola ( 2 ) | world premiere
This is the first performance of Una Guitarra. It was originally conceived and displayed as a sound installation with text that changed with every showing. Today it is performed with …37, for instance, or 36…, a recorded sound portrait of John Cage

This is a sound video self-portrait. Commissioned by the III Encuentro de Música Electrónica de Caracas, and premiered in January, 1991, during the festival’s opening event. The source material comes from Con El Dedo En El Timbre, a large-scale work using multiple point-sound sources, video, musicians, a dancer and light operator

1993.12.03 | 04:00 p.m.

Desio Pignatari
Ground Level Gallery, Miami Beach

A program of readings and computer generated poems to be announced during his performance. This will be Desio’s first performance in the USA since 1970 made possible in collaboration with Tigertail Productions.

1993.12.03 | 07:00 p.m.

Joan LaBarbara
Centre Gallery, M-DC Wolfson, Miami

73 Poems | world premiere
A world premiere performance of Joan LaBarbara’s complete vocal settings of 73 Poems by Kenneth Goldsmith, currently exhibited in the gallery and dedicated to John Cage

1993.12.04 | 11:00 a.m.

Anne Tardos & Jackson MacLow
Ground Level Gallery, Miami Beach

A Phoneme Dance in Memoriam John Cage (1993) | world premiere
1st Milarepa Gatha (1976)
1st and 3rd Four-Language Word Events in Memoriam John Cage (1992 and 93)
Free Gathas 1 and 2 (1972 and 81, performed simultaneously)
38th, 39th, 40th and 41st Merzgedichte in Memoriam Kurt Schwitters (1989)
Thanks (1960)

1993.12.04 | 01:00 p.m.

Word(s)ound Brown Bag Panel Discussion
Alliance Film/Video Project, Miami Beach

Word(s)ound artists discuss issues of text-based art with members of the audience. Participating artists include Adrian Castro, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Joan LaBarbara, Jackson MacLow, Gustavo Matamoros, Desio Pignatari, Jan Sebon! and Kiki Wainwright

1993.12.04 | 02:30 p.m.
Gregory Whitehead
Ground Level Gallery, Miami Beach

Shake, Rattle and Roll
or how to squeeze a living language from a dead white head
(itinerary for IN TRANSIT, a Miami navigation)

The Problem With Bodies
listen and repeat

On the Wrong Track
screams you would never want to hear again

A Head that Haunts Me
a nearly liquid mass of detestable putrescence
(The Case of M. Valdemar)

I Am a Degenerate
the fate of language in the mouth of time

The Modernist Knee
the severed joint in the Age of Autonomous Media
(Morgenstern Galgenlied)

Pomo Penis
the severed joint in the Age of Autonomous Media
(news clip)

Radio Utopia
Ou Topos = No Place
(broadcast liturgy)

Sea Crow
the flight of intelligence in the play of communication
(a recollection)

Where my body flies …
(Galgenlied for a dead white head)

1993.12.04 | 04:00 p.m.

Jackie Apple
Ground Level Gallery, Miami Beach

One Word at a Time
(an excerpt from GoingBetween/Docs)
a live multidimensional aural/oral performance work that incorporates ideas from new interactive media both within the text and in its structure. It was created by Jackie Apple and Helen Thorington as a duet in “real” and “imaginary” time.

1993.12.04 | 08:00 p.m.

Caribbean Poets
Stephen Talkhouse, Miami Beach

A program of selected poetry and musical sounds featuring Miami’s own Adrian Castro, and Miami based Haitian-American’s Jan Sebon! and Kiki Wainwright and musicians

1993.12.04 | 10:00 p.m.

Jane Cortéz & The Firespitters | Miami premiere
Stephen Talkhouse, Miami Beach

I See Chano Pozo, Find Your Own Voice, All The High Rollers, Everybody Wants To Be Somebody, Adupe, and other works selected during the performance. This electrifying evening features Jane Cortéz on microphone, accompanied by her band, The Firespitters, featuring Drummer Denardo Coleman, Bassist Al MacDowell, Guitarist Ben Nix, and Saxophonist Talib Kibwe


Word(s)ound was produced by the Wolfson Galleries of Miami-Dade College, Wolson Campus and the South Florida Composers Alliance‘s Miami Inter Arts curatorial project; and was presented in collaboration with Miami Book Fair International

Word(s)ound Festival was curated by Gustavo Matamoros and Robert Gregory for the South Florida Composers Alliance’s Miami Inter Arts Curatorial Project, and to augment the exhibition 73 Poems organized for the Centre Gallery by director Kate Rawlinson

It was made possible with funding from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Miami Visitor and Convention Authority, the City of Miami Beach, and Meet The Composer Southeast through the Southern Arts Federation

Additional support was provided by Alliance for Media Arts, the Film Department at Miami-Dade Public Library, Intercontinental Hotel, Kent Hotel, South Florida Art Center’s Ground Level Gallery, Stephen Talkhouse, Tigertail Productions and WLRN 91.3 FM

Special thanks to Don Chancey, Olga Garay, Flora Gladwin, Bob Gregory, Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts, James Herring, Collen Hettich of Books and Books, Alina Interian, Pat Jones, John Kremel, Mary Luft, Stephen Malagodi, Meg O’Brian, Bill Orcutt, Justiin Perman, Jenny Person and James Quinlan