Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

OuLiPo: language goes to war + RIMBAUD

20 November, 2015 at 7 PM | Movie Theater RIALTO

For last three years, Literary Clashes / Zderzenia Literackie have been an inherent part of Ars Cameralis Festival, for literature is a significant element of the festival jigsaw. Once again we will connect word with music, undertaking creativeness of the most important, interesting, often controversial and defiant writers and poets. 


OuLiPo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, Workshops of Potential Literature) is an international group of writers and mathematicians, founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais. Members of the group include Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, Paul Fournel, Jacques Roubaud and Marcel Bénabouamong others. OuLiPo is one of the most long-lasting literary groups. Members of the group construct their works based on mathematical formulas and rules. Their main task is inventing so called coercion (contraintes) — formal procedures to which literary activities are subjected. According to the members, an author is „a rat constructing a labyrinth and revealing to himself the way out”. The most famous pieces containing the contraintes are: Hundred Thousand Billion Poems by Raymond Queneau — a book with sonnets composed from ten cards cut horizontally into stripes with particular verses, which may be combined into hundred thousand billion poems from the title; a novel La disparition by  Georges Perec written without letter „e”; and If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino a novel which is „a machine to multiply stories”. 


Georges Perec — discussion: Claude Burgelin (France), Grzegorz Jankowicz

Claude Burgelin   a professor of French literature at Université de Lyon II. A biographer of Georges Perec. An author of „Perec avec Freud, Perec contre Freud” (1996), „Lire Duras” (2001) and „Georges Perec” translated to Polish (publishing house Lokator, 2014).

Grzegorz Jankowicz   a literary critic, essayist, editor and translator. Currently working at the Centre for Advanced Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He translated texts by Firbank, Manguel, Rorty, among others. An editor of cultural section of magazine Tygodnik Powszechny.  


Jacques Jouet (France), Marcel Bénabou (France) — literary presentations

Jacques Jouet   born in 1947 in Paris. A member of OuLiPo since 1983. An author of poetry, novels, essays. Two of his books Mon vel autocar / My Beautiful Bus (2013) and Sauvage (2014) have been released by Polish publishing house Lokator (translation by Jacek Giszczak). 

Marcel Bénabou  born in 1939 in Meknes (Morocco), currently lives in Paris. A French writer and historian, member of OuLiPo. In the structure of the group he combines function of ultimately temporary secretary and temporary final secretary. 


OuLiPo: source of freedom of language — discussion: Marcel Bénabou, Claude Burgelin, Jacques Jouet, Grzegorz Jankowicz, Anna Wasilewska (leading the discussion)

Anna Wasilewska  a translator, author of critical texts, Romanist. Since 1979, member of editorial office of magazine „Literatura na świecie”, where she is responsible for column dedicated to French and Italian literature. An author of volume of conversations „Od Potockiego do Pereca. Pięć rozmów o literaturze francuskiej”. She translated over thirty books, over a dozen theater plays and many articles published in literary press. She translated works of great writers, such as Calvino, Celine, Blanchot, Queneau, Genet, de Sade, Lacan, Roussel, Potocki, Moravia, Eco, Fo, among others.


RIMBAUD: Budzyński, Trzaska, Jacaszek — a concert

Her cruel beauty is almost purifying, burning around everything that is artificial, false and deceitful. Well —  the Spirit blows wherever it wants. 

 / Paweł Gzyl

Rimbaud is an unexpected meeting of three great musical personalities: Mikołaj Trzaska, Michał Jacaszek and Tomasz Budzyński. The project is a specific answer to the output of French poet Artur Rimbaud — their music is an intense, unpredictable sonic search located on a borderline of freejazz, punk and electronic, inspired by dark visions of the poet. 

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