Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jim Jarmusch narrates audio walking tour of East Village poets and poetry

A reader sent us this last night via UnionDocs...

"Passing Stranger" is an audio walking tour of poets and poetry associated with the East Village, created by award-winning radio producer Pejk Malinovski. The tour – narrated by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, with music by new music pioneer John Zorn – provides an anecdotal, digressive tapestry of the poetry that lived and continues to live in the neighborhood.

The audio walk features commentary from key figures in the East Village poetry scene, including Richard Hell, Ron Padgett, Ed Sanders and Anne Waldman along with historical recordings of Joe Brainard, Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Koch.

The walking tour ranges from the Bowery in the west to Avenue C in the east, Bleecker Street in the south and 12th street in the north. Stops include St. Mark's On-the-Bowery, W.H. Auden's old apartment building, Tompkins Square Park, Allen Ginsberg's old building, the Bowery Poetry Club and more. Each stop presents a montage of poetry, interviews and archival recordings relating to that particular place.

From March 10th to 11th, as a part of the Armory Arts Week's Downtown Satellite Event, "Passing Stranger" will be displayed at Audio Visual Arts Gallery in the East Village as a multimedia installation.

The Audio Visual Arts Gallery is at 34 First Ave., just east off Second Avenue. The reception is 7-9 p.m. on Friday.

Here's a lot more information about "Passing Stranger." You can also download the map and audio file here.


LvV said...

Has anyone been able to get this map to work? All I can access is the audio. I've tried on Firefox, Safari, and IE.

EV Grieve said...

I just tried and got the map to work on Explorer... Did you try all that usual stuff like clear your cache...?

LvV said...

It's still not working for me. I'm glad to hear you can access it, though. My compooter is ancient and sticky and a big 'ol mess. I'll keep trying because while the audio is awesome I really want to get in on that map. Thanks, Grieve.