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For Nathalie Du Pasquier: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation

  • Institute of Contemporary Art 118 South 36th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Nathalie Du Pasquier’s collaborations with other artists, designers, and writers have taken many formations. Join us in the exhibition BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT for a lively evening of poetry, music, and conversation inspired by her work, including a poetry contest! With musician and poet Steve Piccolo; Leonard Koren, author and founder of WET Magazine, and Omar Sosa, founding editor of Apartamento magazine, as well as music by FLOS (Luca Formentini & Stefano Castagna), Sergio Armaroli, Walter Prati, and Gak Sato.

This event is free and open to the public; register here: https://ndp-poetry-conversation.eventbrite.com/

LEONARD KOREN, who trained as an artist and architect, was the founder and publisher of WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, one of the seminal avant-garde publications of the 1970s. Subsequently Koren began writing books about design- and aesthetics-related subjects. Among his books are Wabi_Sabi: for Artists, Designer, Poets & Philosophers and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement, for which Nathalie Du Pasquier provided the accompanying illustrations.

STEVE PICCOLO has been on the international scene since the mid-1970s, working on music (he was a co-founder of the Lounge Lizards), theater, performance art, sound installations, film soundtracks and fiction. He has shown works and/or done performances in many museums, galleries and international art events. He has contributed curated sound projects at ArtVerona in 2008, and for the exhibition “Club 21” during Frieze 2010 in London. Collaborations on video art, performance and installations include works with Adrian Paci, Luca Pancrazzi (including the sound art of the group DE-ABC with Gak Sato), Gabriele Di Matteo (including the artists’ magazine E IL TOPO), A Constructed World and many others. He presently works with the project agency Art Apart of Zurich, including productions of artists’ apps and books (including BLKNSM for the city of Venice during the 55th Biennale). He has worked for many years with Isola Art Center in Milan, an experience documented in the book (2013) “Fight-Specific Isola”. He has published many records, and taught Sound Studies courses at Accademia Carrara in Bergamo (2002-13) and NABA in Milan (since 2005). His theoretical and fictional writings have appeared in many magazines and journals, including four years of a monthly column for the magazine InSound. He curated the Sound of Art project for the websiteUndo.Net. Recent projects: a week-long sound workshop at the Vienna Secession on the theme of Utopia, a performance at MAXXI Rome, two performances for the pavilions of Belgium and Greece at the 56th Venice Art Biennale. For Expo 2015 Milano he created an app for the Russian pavilion (Milangrad), and a workshop and video with Fondazione Feltrinelli. In 2016 he composed the sounds for a virtual reality project inside the Arnaldo Pomodoro retrospective at Palazzo Reale in Milan. In 2017, with Sergio Armaroli, he has opened the space Erratum for sound research in Milan. His sound poems can be heard in an installation featured in the ICA’s presentation of Nathalie Du Pasquier’s exhibition BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT.

OMAR SOSA is an art director, graphic designer and publisher based in New York City. In 2008, Omar founded the magazine Apartamento together with Nacho Alegre and Marco Valardi. The magazine has garnered many awards including the prestigious Yellow Pencil Award and the Best Entire Magazine of 2010 by the D&AD Association. Sosa has worked as the Art Director for a wide range of international clients including Flos, Louis Vuitton Group, Rizzoli International, Carolina Herrera NY, Haworth, Corriere Della Sera, Patricia Urquiola and Ricardo Bofill Architecture, among others. His work spans from designing books and magazines to creating brand identities, designing exhibitions and generating successful liaisons among creative professionals. In 2015 he edited and designed a book surveying Nathalie Du Pasquier’s drawings entitled Don’t Take These Drawings Seriously, 1981-1987, published by powerHouse Books.