Wednesday, April 29, 2009


At long last!
Be Blank Consort's performance at The Oromancer is here!

This event took place on November 8th 2008 in conjunction with Cathy Mehrl-Bennett's My Kimono Show which featured her digitally collaged homages to collaborators and friends within the mail art and experimental poetry community.   

Participating in the Be Blank reading were:

John M. Bennett
Scott Helms
K. S. Ernst
Geof Huth
Marylin Rosenberg
C. Merhl-Bennett
Olchar Lindsann
Tomislav Butković
Warren Fry

The evening began with individual readings.

Unfortunately our videographer had to change out the tape during the performance of Al Ackerman's Poem for Six Readers and a Dog, a Be Blank favorite.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anti-Mass at the 2009 Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival

See, see, documentation from the Roanoke festival continues to appear! Here is that Sunday morning's Anti-Mass ceremony, concocted and overseen by Bradley Chriss, Tomislav Butkovic, Warren Fry, and Sara Adrian. Benedictions are granted to Aaron Bensen, John M. Bennett, Olchar Lindsann, Ralph Eaton, Julian Mathews, and Jim Leftwich.

Soon we'll put up Ralph's reading of the Bible Babel, which occurred several minutes after, this; then Lindsann's phonetic poem and part of Michael Peter's Vaast Bin performance, and that's everything we've got from Roanoke.

Also within a few days--official info on the upcoming re-re-convening of events at the PNA Oromancer space here in New Jersey, with Rick Weaver up from Baltimore and a slew of other Post-Neo friends from NJ and NY.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ubu Enchained, Act V: The Cycle Completed.

Here it is, the last bit of Ubu Enchained. Act V was conceived with the British Post-NeoAbsurdist Cabarets in mind (the Itinerant Mirror, etc.), and though toned down in relation to those this nonetheless ensured a decent bit of physical, psychological, and aesthetic abuse of the audience, plenty of confusion and slap-dashery on the part of the hosts as well as the guests, a respectable mess afterward, and complaints from neighboring establishments about how much more interesting (i.e., loud. [i.e. awesome]) our event was than theirs.

Ubu Enchained, Act V from PNA-Video on Vimeo.

There were lovely pre-recorded bits that we rudely souted over, and improvised scenes-turned-actions. This act would have been performed Saturday night at the Water Heater space, but due to Olchar's puking everywhere it had to be delayed til Sunday, in a different space. Hosting were Olchar Lindsann, Warren Fry, Tomislav Butkovic, Julian Mathews, Evan Damerow, Bradley Chriss, and Megan Blafas. Sara Adrian filmed. Jim Leftwich caried the Vizier around for Julian; and let it be known that was John Bennett who pulled out his knife and started freeing all of the prisoners a few minutes in, leading the inevitable audience backlash (which we nonetheless were forced to keep firmly in line). Ralph Eaton also tormented us quite a bit. Asshole.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ubu Enchained, ACT IV

Ubu Enchained, Act IV

Performed at the Water Heater (Roanoke VA) on 2/21/2009 in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival.

In this performance: Evan Damerow, Tomislav Butkovic, Olchar Lindsann, and Warren Fry.

Ubu Enchained, Act IV from PNA-Video on Vimeo.

Act IV follows in the tradition of Post-NeoAbsurdist puppet theater. With special guest stars Mr. Squibbles as Perkins, Tsubasa Berg's altered 'BAR' Chicken as Lord Dufferin, and Mr. Livingston as Pa Ubu, the roll he made famous in Olchar Lindsann's shitr film, Ubu Roi.