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George Kuchar Interview

George Kuchar talks with Charles

Bernstein about the role politics
plays in his work in a wide-ranging and comic discussion that also
touches on his switch from super 8 to 16mm film to video, the
influence of early television on his work, and his relation to other
key members of the New American Cinema. George Kuchar’s many films
include Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966),

Pagan Rhapsody (1970), Devil's
(1973), and, in more recent years, a remarkable set of self-documenting films
called the Weather Diaries. It Came From Kuchar,

Jennifer Kroot's documentary film on the life of
George and his twin brother and collaborator Mike

was released in early 2009 (29 minutes).


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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.