Thursday, February 15, 2007

Honouring Emmett Williams

Emmett Williams, artist and poet, died the day before yesterday, February 14, 2007 in Berlin. Emmett Williams, who collaborated with Daniel Spoerri in the Darmstadt circle of concrete poetry from 1957 to 1959 was the European coordinator of Fluxus, and a founding member of the Domaine Poetique in Paris, France. His theater essays have appeared in Das Neue Forum, Berner Blatter, Ulmer Theater, and other European magazines. Williams translated and reanecdoted Daniel Spoerri's Topographie Anecdotee du Hasard (An Anecdoted Topography of Chance), collaborated with Claes Oldenburg on Store Days, and edited An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, all published by the Something Else Press (owned and managed by fellow Fluxus artist Dick Higgins in New York and Vermont). In 1996 he received the Hannah-Hösch-Preis for his life work.
To honour Emmett Williams we will screen the short video work Emmett 06 by fellow Fluxus artist Wolf Kahlen subsequent to the presentation of the ZEBRA poetry and film awards, tomorrow, Sat 17th around 9:30 pm.
Emmett 06 will be screened in world premiere.


Todd Colby said...

He'll be missed. His monumental "My Life in Flux and Vice Versa" sits on a very honorable shelf in my apartment.

RIP Emmett.

-Todd Colby

mIEKAL aND said...

Bon Voy age Emmett!

after emmett

a dispersion of ninetiles said...

Rest in peace Emmett - I'm so glad I had a chance to meet you.

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