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___Festival 2018________Europe_Inside_/_Outside________Vienna 24_10 | Munich 26-28_10

Saturday, 13
Women Beat Poets: Kalle Aldis Laar.

.... Corso is genially drunk, interrupting everyone with inapposite remarks. Then a woman from the audience asks: „Why are there so few women on this panel? Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?“ and Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: „There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the 50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up. There were cases, I knew them, someday someone will write about them“ ....
A Report From Naropa by Stephen Scobie, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, July 2nd-9th, 1994

The Beat-Woman as housewife, nursery, sometimes even responsible for earning the family living, a discreet and silent companion of the revered Beat heroes? Maybe suitable as muse or inspiration? Or at least as chronologist of days legendary? This is still a widely accepted clichee regarding the history of Beat Poetry, and rarely questioned.

But besides the celebrated male representatives of the new poetry scene in the 1950s and 60s many women were part of it too. Except they received less attention, were hardly publicised, easily excluded from society and their talents rarely supported by male partners. The lecture presents some of these powerful and independent voices, mentions some of their role models and emphasises the fact that some of them are still active today.  


Kalle Laar, sound artist, composer, dj, author of radioplays, vinyl researcher. Festival manager.
Exhibitions, performances, art biennials of Venice and Havana, Ars Electronica Linz, Transmediale Berlin. Interdisciplinary project development for (ecurrently in Morocco, Czech Republik and Eritrea). Founder of The Temporary Soundmuseum, an archive of vinyl record documents on contemporary history. Lectures on Perception, Sound and Art,  assignements at the UdK Berlin, Nanjang University Singapore. Latest: Radio-Essay Castle Bravo, Heidegger, Godzilla and all of the rest , SWR 2018.

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Kalle Aldis Laar. Foto Jens Mauritz