THE RAYMOND ROUSSEL SOCIETY PAYS TRIBUTE TO JOHN ASHBERY

THE RAYMOND ROUSSEL SOCIETY PAYS TRIBUTE TO JOHN ASHBERY

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THE RAYMOND ROUSSEL SOCIETY PAYS TRIBUTE TO JOHN ASHBERY

  THE CERVANTES INSTITUTE/INSTITUTO CERVANTES TO HOST THIS EVENT:   • INTRODUCTION TO THE RAYMOND ROUSSEL SOCIETY • TRIBUTE AND AWARDING OF THE RRS MEDAL TO JOHN ASHBERY • SCREENING OF RAYMOND ROUSSEL: LE JOUR DE GLOIRE DOCUMENTARY BY JOAN BOFILL   Next Wednesday, June 14 at 7 pm, the Instituto Cervantes of New York (211 E. 49th St., NY, NY, 10017) will host the Raymond Roussel Society’s tribute to poet and founding member, John Ashbery. Ashbery will be awarded an honorary medal designed in collaboration by talented multidisciplinary artist Joan Bofill, and the world-renowned Spanish jeweler, Enric Majoral and pastry chef, Jordi Roca, recipient of the World’s Best Pastry Chef 2014 (Celler de Can Roca).   Then, the documentary, Raymond Roussel: Le Jour de Gloire will be screened with a round table discussion afterwards. Joan Bofill, the documentary’s director, John Ashbery, the poet, Mary Ann Caws, expert in Surrealism, CUNY professor Peter Consenstein and the curator, Sozita Goudouna will participate in the discussion.   Additional Information:   ABOUT THE RAYMOND ROUSSEL SOCIETY   The Raymond Roussel Society is a not for profit educational organization dedicated to promoting and honoring Raymond Roussel and his work, as well as the promotion of culture and art inspired by Roussel.   The Society consists of a special team of creators, thinkers and artists profoundly impacted by Roussel who do not wish him to be forgotten. Notable members include: John Ashbery, Miquel Barceló, Joan Bofill, Yve-Alain Bois, Thor Halvorssen, Hermes Salceda and Antoni Taulé. Michel Butor, who died in 2016 was a founding member and also headed the RRS.   The RRS is a point of contact for artists, thinkers and/or revolutionaries who identify with Rousselian spirit. The Society brings together the avant garde of today, facilitating new synergies and connections like never before. The Society’s dream is to go beyond the mere gathering of this philosophically united diverse group. It wants to support and promote those who share Roussel’s spirit and vision, in all art forms. Its goal is to carry out fruitful activities which in addition to promoting Roussel, also serve to create a funding base which will assist those artists and visionaries who might not otherwise have found support. Writers, artists, musicians, philosophers, actors…those who question the world around them and are not afraid of experimenting and challenging the standards and rules of society.     THE RAYMOND ROUSSEL SOCIETY MEDAL   The medal of honor that the RRS will award to John Ashbery is the fruit of a special collaboration between the artist and designer Joan Bofill, the well known jeweler and sculptor Enric Majoral and the noted pastry chef Jordi Roca (Celler de Can Roca).   A unique piece of 930 silver plated in gold, designed and created especially for this occasion. Its interior is holds a cookie in the shape of a 5-pointed star, evoking the five universal flavors.   The medal’s unique design recalls the star-shaped biscuit that Roussel saved from a luncheon with the popular and admired astronomer, Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) in 1923. Roussel had an urn made out of crystal in which to keep it. After Roussel’s death in 1933, Georges Bataille happened upon the urn in a flea market and purchased it. Bataille then presented it to Dora Maar, who included it in the exhibition, Objets Surréalistes, at the Charles Ratton Galerie in Paris, in 1936.   ABOUT JOHN ASHBERY   Rochester, NY, July 28, 1927. John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He is the author of many books of poetry, including Breezeway; Quick Question; Planisphere; Notes from the Air; A Worldly Country; Where Shall I Wander; and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. He lives in New York. Greatly influenced by Roussel (and even learned French to properly read him), Ashbery has said after reading Roussel that your “feelings about language will never be the same again.” Roussel´s influence on Ashbery is clear, Ashbery rejects society’s impositions on structure, plot and language use; rather he ventures into a new world testing the limits of language and our consciousness.   ABOUT JOAN BOFILL AMARGÓS   Visual artist. Creative director. Producer. Introduced into the audiovisual world at the hand of José Montes-Baquer, producer of Salvador Dalí’s final great work: Impressions de la Haute Mongolie, 1976. Bofill discovered Roussel and his work through this film and he began a several-year study which led him to interview different figures in the European and North-American world of art and literature. As a result of this research, he created and produced a documentary film titled Raymond Roussel: Le Jour de Gloire, completed in 2016.   In commemoration of the centennial of Roussel’s novel, Locus Solus (1914), Bofill produced a short, starring Miquel Barceló and Michel Butor, La Hie (2014), with music by Pierre Bastien.   He is the founder of the Raymond Roussel Society, a not-for-profit association whose mission is to promote Raymond Roussel and his work, as well as to encourage culture and art inspired by Roussel. Bofill’s creative versatility includes work in other creative disciplines such as sculpture, design, publicity, and event conceptualization and development.   He created Narcissus (2015), an interactive sculptural piece, in conjunction with artist Franc Aleu. And has collaborated in singular projects including the DEFCON hacking conference, WICKR, as creative director, or Giugiaro Italdesign, among others.   ABOUT RAYMOND ROUSSEL: LE JOUR DE GLOIRE   The documentary takes up where the Dalí film, Impressions de la Haute Mongolie (1976) starring Dalí himself, and directed by José Montes-Baquer left off. Joan Bofill tells us in the first person, how his interest in Roussel was sparked by the film dy Dalí. Narrated by Jordi Mollà, the documentary ends with a very Rousselian final twist with the participation of tenor Antoni Comas and mezzosoprano, Claudia Schneider.   In the documentary, Bofill interviews various experts on Roussel: the writer Enrique Vila-Matas; the painter Miquel Barceló; the American poet John Ashbery; the French writer Michel Butor (d. August 2016); the Czech artist and cinematographer Jan Svankmajer; Sicilian journalist and writer, Vittoria Alliata; French producer Jean-Christophe Averty (d. March 2017); Boston-based producer and director Fred Barzyk; photographer and main biographer of Salvador Dalí, Robert Descharnes (d. 2014) and his son Nicolas Descharnes, Dalí expert; New York visual artist Bill Etra (d. August 2016); German scientist and photographer Manfred Kage; Polish composer Ingfried Hoffmann; German director of photography Bodo Kessler; American curator and writer Barbara London; German technical director Alfred Maas; New York author and Oulipo member, Harry Mathews (d. January 2017); French editor and writer Jean-Jaques Pauvert (d. September 2014); professor and Roussel specialist, Hermes Salceda; American artist and video art pioneer, Lillian F. Schwartz; French writer, poet and literary critic, Annie Le Brun; and American artist Mark Pauline.   At the same time, Bofill, documented conversations with cinematographer José Montes-Baquer (d. April 2010); painter Antoni Taulé; artist Antoni Pitxot (d. June 2015); former Dalí secretary, Enric Sabater; Japanese American writer and Re/Search editor V.Vale; philosopher Arnau Puig and the Austrian artist, Ernst Fuchs (d. November 2015), among others.   An intellectual and human adventure spanning six years, and encompassing the globe, Le Jour de Gloire reconstructs a hidden episode of 20th Century culture in a visual, literary, musical and artistic voyage, bringing the enigmatic Roussel to life, while keeping his secrets and the mystery surrounding him.    ABOUT PARTICIPANTS ROUND TABLE John Ashbery, Joan Bofill, Mary Ann Caws, Peter Consenstein and Sozita Goudouna.   Mary Ann Caws She is currently Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She is an expert on Surrealism and modern English and French literature, having written biographies of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Henry James. She works on the interrelations of visual art and literary texts, has written biographies of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, edited the diaries, letters, and source material of Joseph Cornell. She has also written on André Breton, Robert Desnos, René Char, Yves Bonnefoy, Robert Motherwell, and Edmond Jabès. She served as the senior editor for the HarperCollins World Reader, and edited anthologies including Manifesto: A Century of Isms, Surrealism, Twentieth-Century French Literature. Among others, she has translated Stéphane Mallarmé, Tristan Tzara, Pierre Reverdy, André Breton, Paul Éluard, Robert Desnos, and René Char. Among the positions she has held are President, Association for Study of Dada and Surrealism, 1971–75 and President, Modern Language Association of America, 1983, Academy of Literary Studies, 1984–85, and the American Comparative Literature Association, 1989-91. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. In October 2004, she published her autobiography, To the Boathouse: a Memoir (University Alabama Press), and in November 2008, a cookbook memoir: Provencal Cooking: Savoring the Simple Life in France (Pegasus Books). Forthcoming are her edition of Pierre Reverdy (with 14 translators), New York Review Books, and The Modern Art Cookbook (Reaktion Books).     Peter Consenstein Peter has been writing on contemporary French poetry, experimental literature, and the group Oulipo since the mid-1980’s and is now also translating. He published translations of Dominique Fourcade’s IL (IT) (Albany: Fence Books La Presse, 2009) and en laisse (on a leash). Consenstein will publish his translation of Petit traité invitant à la découverte du jeu subtil de GO by Pierre Lusson, Jacques Roubaud and Georges Perec in 2018 and is completing his translation of Son blanc du un by Dominique Fourcade. He is a member of the French Voices Award jury, which supports the translation of contemporary French literature. His latest published chapter, "L'identité juive de Georges Perec," was included in the book Relire Perec (Université de Poitiers: La Licorne, 2017). He serves on the ANR (Agence nationale de la recherche) Difdepo (“Différences de potentiel”) project, which is dedicated to analyzing and presenting the work of the Oulipo.  Consenstein is a professor of French at the Borough of Manhattan Community College since 1993 and he was appointed to the faculty of the Ph.D. program in French at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, January 2005.   Sozita Goudouna Dr. Sozita Goudouna is an art theorist and curator who co-curates a programme with Paul B. Preciado for the “Parliament of Bodies” at Documenta 14. She has taught at New York University as the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Performa New York, the leading arts organisation dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of 20th century art and to generating new directions for the 21st century. The curator was a consultant for the Onassis Festival NYC 2016 at the Onassis Foundation in USA.    She holds a PhD from the University of London that is regarded as the first monographic survey on Beckett’s Breath and has studied Philosophy, Theatre and Directing in London (BA, MA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) & Kings College London 1996-2000). Her book on the interfaces between modernist theory, respiration and art is forthcoming by Edinburgh University Press in 2017. Sozita serves on the board of The Raymond Roussel Society and has directed one of the first 3 year large-scale surveys on Raymond Roussel's Locus Solus.     Departamento de Prensa y Comunicación Public Relations and Communication Department   media@belimpala.com Núria Llorach i Molons 0034 606072017 Patricia Tejeiro Comas 0034 669825709 www.belimpala.com http://raymondroussel.org/ http://lejourdegloire.com/

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