Bernard Heidsieck

Poésie Action / Poetry in Action

1 DVD: 56 minutes
Original Version Français-English subtitles
(DVD5-PAL-Multizone - AC3 Stereo - 16/9)
Bilingual edition (French/English)- 19x14 cm - 124 pages (couleur & n/b)


A desire to meet a pioneering artist and explore his unique corpus.

Bernard Heidsieck, a poet in action (or poetry in action).
A collection of works by Bernard Heidsieck selected from the Centre national des art plastiques collections and presented by Anne-Laure Chamboissier and Philippe Franck at the Sonopoetics exhibition in Brussels, in 2010.
A testimonials from a circle of artists to affirm the importance and currency of this major corpus.
An anthology of original contributions from Bernard Blistène, Jean-Pierre Bobillot, Anne-Laure Chamboissier, Anne-James Chaton, Philippe Franck, John Giorno, Jean-Marie Gleize, Bernard Heidsieck, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Richard Martel and Michèle Métail.

Bernard Heidsieck (November 28,1928 - November 22, 2014) was a French sound poet, associated with various movements throughout a long career: including Beat, American Fluxus, and Minimalism.
Heidsieck was born in Paris. In the course of his career, he served as vice-president of the Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur in Paris and as president of the Commission Poésie at the Centre National du Livre.
He organised the first international festival of sound poetry in 1976 and the event Rencontres Internationales 1980 de poésie sonore which took place in Rennes, in Le Havre and at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

This documentary film directed by Anne-Laure Chamboissier and Philippe Franck, in collaboration with Gilles Coudert, brushes an intimate portrait of Bernard Heidsieck, pioneer in the sound poetry movement since 1955 and founder in 1962 of action poetry. The film takes viewers into Heidsieck's "double life" as an artist and a banker, exploring his work through a series of conversations and seldom-seen audiovisual archives. Interviews with other major figures from sound poetry add to viewers' understanding. Jean-Pierre Bobillot, Olivier Cadiot, Laurent Cauwet, Anne-James Chaton, Paul-Armand Gette, John Giorno, Bernard Heidsieck, Françoise Janicot, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux and Jean-Jacques Lebel paint a very lively picture of the history of sound poetry and the current developments.
Anne-Laure Chamboissier curates contemporary art exhibitions. Philippe Franck is an art historian, concept creator and cultural critic, producer, teacher and interdisciplinary artist. Gilles Coudert is a filmmaker, producer and publisher.

Bernard Blistène:
... On Wednesday, 4 PM! Bernard Heidsieck
Jean-Pierre Bobillot:
Bernard Heidsieck:
a seismophony of life
Anne-Laure Chamboissier:
The importance of the Text-Sound-Compositions Festival
Anne-James Chaton:
Tout ce que je sais
Philippe Franck:
Conversation with Richard Martel about Bernard Heidsieck in Quebec
John Giorno:
God is man made
Jean-Pierre Gleize:
Why I loved these Respirations, BH/VH: the same mania
Bernard Heidsieck:
Sans titre
Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux:
Bernard Heidsieck, a major poet...

Works by Bernard Heidsieck from the collections of Centre national des arts plastiques.