BUFFALO, N.Y. – There will be plenty of hissing, moaning,
flapping, croaking, puckering, African chants, electrically
enhanced sound and more when the intense, eye- and ear-opening
Dutch sound poet, digital artist and experimental performer Jaap
Blonk visits the University at Buffalo this month.
Blonk will lecture and perform here at two events that are free
of charge and open to the public. Timely arrival is requested so as
not to disrupt the performances.
His visit is sponsored by the UB Techne Institute for Arts and
Emerging Technology and the Department of Media Study.
Lecture: Nov. 11, 1-3 p.m., Center for the Arts Screening
Room (Room 112), UB North Campus
Blonk will discuss his art and its roots in sound poetry,
improvisation and new music, and present historic examples of sound
poetry as well as his own work. This will involve live performance,
projection of texts and scores, sound examples, including work with
other musicians with electronics, and video fragments. A
question-and-answer session will follow.
Performance of “Dr. Voxoid’s Next Move”:
Nov. 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Center for the Arts Screening Room
This improvisational performance is likely to include sound,
strangely compelling songs in Blonk’s “personal
English, which he calls “IngleTwist” (sample here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXlupDA4v_4);
electronic and acoustic phonetic processes, samples from John
Cage’s Solos for Voice, and other sources. Blonk calls this a
“Dadaist experiment” and as he is performing is not
sure what his next move will be. “It may be a knight’s
jump, a king’s stately step or a bishop’s stealthy
sneak-through,” he says.
Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet who has
presented his work throughout the world. He was born in Holland in
1953 and was influenced by mid-century German artist Kurt
Schwitters whose work spans and represents the Dadaist,
Constructivist and Surrealist movements. Early studies in
mathematics and musicology led Blonk to vocal performances that
began with recitations of poetry by other artists, and became
improvisations employing his own compositions and modes of delivery
– he “plays” his cheeks, lips and throat, to
spectacular effect, for instance.
He began working with electronics around 2000, first using
samples of his own voice, then employing pure sound synthesis. As a
vocalist, Blonk is known for his powerful stage presence, almost
childlike freedom in improvisation and keen grasp of structure.
The Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies was
established at UB in 2012 to foster new work at the intersection of
artistic expression and emerging technologies within UB’s
research and pedagogical mission. The Department of Media Study was
founded as an experimental media arts program in 1972 and offers
graduate and undergraduate students a community in which they can
develop their own artistic voices.
For information about Blonk, contact Holly Johnson in the Techne
Institute at 645-2533, or firstname.lastname@example.org