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“Historiograph” Note #50

50. “All mystics…” From Cohn, Pursuit, 176, slightly compressed and rewritten.

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“Historiograph” Note #49

49. “WOLMAN proceeds…” Possible transposition. This description is a rendering of Wolman’s sound poem “Improvisations—Megapneumes” (Achele Records, France, 1965, recorded 1963), a work which in terms of form dates to 1950 or a bit later, and which is a signal example of what Isou denounced as “ultra-lettrism.” It is not unlikely that this work or one very much like it was performed at the Tabou on the dates in question. 6 more words

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“Historiograph” Note #48

48. “And now we know…” Transposition, distortion. An interpolation of the motto of Wolman’s artist’s book Duhring Duhring (Paris: Vigie, 1979)—“nous étions contre le pouvoir des mots/contre le pouvoir”—itself a reference to Wolman’s involvement in the LI from 1952 through 1957. 6 more words

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“Historiograph” Note #47

47. “Isou says…” Transposition. Isou’s phrase “les verites qui n’amusent plus deviennent des mensonges” is quoted in Internationale Lettriste no. 1 (2 November 1952… 98 more words

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“Historiograph” Note #46

46. “Hugo Ball said…” Transposition. From Ball, Flight, 71. Wolman was certainly aware of Ball, but whether he knew this passage, let alone ever cited it, I have no idea. 6 more words

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“Historiograph” Note #45

45. “…a Paris nightclub.” Transposition, distortion. Gil J Wolman (1929—) joined Isidore Isou’s Parisian lettrist movement (see notes 8081) in 1950, and appeared at the Tabou, 33, rue Dauphine, Paris 6e, along with twelve other lettrist poets, on 14, 15, 21, and 22 October 1950. 46 more words

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“Historiograph” Note #44

44. “…GUY-ERNEST DEBORD…”
Transposition, distortion.
From “…
there can be…” to
“…inevitable,”
taken from Khayati’s
“Captive Words,” in
Knabb, Anthology, 172.
The rest is invented. 6 more words

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