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At a panel I organized this year @ the &Now Conference (“The San Diego Circle” with Hiromi Ito, David Antin, Eleanor Antin, Michael Davidson, & Rae Armantrout) Hiromi talked about when she first moved to San Diego…
To paraphrase, she said: “I was considering suicide, so I decided to move to San Diego.”
Charles was my first in-person hair collection. You see how the wisps distinctly & accurately reflect not only his expansive poetics, but also his impressive ability to count, as evinced in this early recording (c.1969).
There are exactly 100 hairs in this baggie.
I could make another Charles Bernstein from this sample.
“Todd Shalom & Gavin Pherson: 5 children in the Around Sound workshop at 826 Valencia perform Jackson Mac Low’s piece, “Is That Wool Hat My Hat?.” Note the four distinct 13 year-old voices and one 8 year-old human metronome.”