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Portraits Series 6


Kenneth Goldsmith

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Kenny's Desire
We met for lunch on West 72nd Street, just a couple of block from where I grew up.
June 5, 2007
(mp4, 19 sec., 4.6 mb)


John Yau

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The Language of Bears
Even the literal is metaphoric. My claws have grown into fingers.

May 30, 2007
(mp4, 40 sec., 9.2 mb)


Peter Gizzi

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Peter's Marigolds
The flowering Spring trees amidst the pines.
June 4, 2007
(mp4, 30 sec., 6.2 mb)


Dubravka Djuric

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Dubravka's Caravan
Dubravka was visiting from Belgrade. Just after we taped the Close Listening shows, I asked her about the feminist, non-national caravan through the traumatized lands of the former Yugoslavia.
April 29, 2007
(mp4, 3 min. 29 sec., 32.9 mb)


Elizabeth Willis

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Versions of Winter
Liz grew up in Northern Wisconsin and spent many years in Buffalo (where she got her PhD), before moving to Western Massachusetts. She and Peter came by my apartment one afternoon and I shined a light on her and asked her about the seasons.
June 4, 2007
(mp4, 32 sec., 7.4 mb)


Tan Lin

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Ambient Tan
We met a new Japanese yogurt spot on West 32nd and then over to a Korean place just East of Fifth. The place was empty and we chatted away the afternoon.
August 1, 2007
(mp4, 50 seconds, 37.2 mb)


video portraits home page

Portraits series 1 : Regis Bonvicino, George Lakoff, Heny Hills, Mimi Gross, Loss Pequeno Glazier, Caroline Bervgvall
Portraits series 2
: Pierre Joris, Wysten Curnow, Levhi Lehto, Robert Grenier, James Sherry, Johanna Drucker
Portraits series 3
: Ann Lauterbach, Karen Mac Cormack, Steve McCaffery, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Nick Piombino, Richard Tuttle
Portraits series 4
: Rod Smith, Nicole Brossard, Douglas Messerli, Peter Middleton, Norman Fischer, Tina Darragh
Portraits series 5
: Myung Mi Kim, Charles Alexander, Alan Davies, P. Inman, Phong Bui, Bob Perelman
Portraits series 6:
Kennteh Goldsmith, John Yau, Peter Gizzi,  Dubravka Djuric,  Elizabeth Willis, Tan Lin
Portraits series 7: John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, Emma Bee Bernstein, Susan Howe, Sigmund Laufer
Portraits series 8: Maggie O'Sullivan, Christian Bök, Darren Wershler, Tonya Foster, Marty Ehrlich & Erica Hunt, Lev Rubinstein
Portraits series 9: David Antin, Ted Greenwald, Jerome Rothenberg, Diane Rothenberg, Ron Silliman, Joel Kuszai
Portraits series 10: Peter Gizzi, Elizabeth Willis, John Tranter, Bruce Andrews, Cecilea Vicuña, Tom Raworth
Portraits page 11: Ben Yarmolinksy, Hank Lazer, Marjorie Perloff, Alan Loney, Claude Royet-Journoud, Li Zhimin
Portraits page 12: Arkadii Dragomoschenko


Thanks for Steve McLaughlin for technical and design assistance. These video recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the artist. ©2006-2012 Charles Bernstein. Used with permission of Charles Bernstein. Distributed by PennSound.