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A Systematic Reading Of Some Poems By Bertolt Brecht

(1998)

A Systematic Reading of Some Poems by Bertolt Brecht
1998

Audio tape or CD, text, audio-player,
and headphones
Alternate installation: Poems in their new
form appear in large vynil or printed
letters on the wall
Installation at Houghton Gallery, New York,
1999

This sound recording presents a selection of twelve poems by Bertolt Brecht. Each poem is given a new form in that the silences between its words are rearranged according to specific patterns, resulting in a range of readings that highlight and release the tension between the natural, and the foreign, the phonetic, and the semantic.

The alternate wall text installation skips the phonetic stage and allows the viewers to attempt their own reading, be it by attempting to read the words out loud, or by imagining their sound and meaning.