|First poetry reading, together
with Michael Horovitz, in Bochum in '69.
Edited TOUCH, a small literary and film journal (with Steven Diamant) in the late '60s. Its section on the Independent Italian Cinema, included in issue # 3-4, 1969, was reprinted by the LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, thanks to Massimo Bacigalupo... There were also articles on a film by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet (the Chronique of Anna Magdalena Bach), a long interview with Stan Brakhage (by P.Adams Sitney), an article by Georg Rudolf Lind on Pessoa, poetry in diverse languages, accompanied by translations into English... Later on, wrote frequently on the filmic work of J.-M. Straub and Danièle Huillet, much of it unpublished but forwarded to the Straubs (own versions largely lost).
Excerpts of his film criticism (on Dore O. and on Massimo Bacigalupo) are published online by CANYON CINEMA, INC. (San Francisco) and the NEW YORK FILMMAKERS' COOPERATIVE... And on Pia Epremian (in print) by BIANCO E NERO, and other stuff elsewhere...
Edited STREET (a journal in English
and Chinese) in Taiwan in the '70s which featured articles on Yao Yi-Wei's
play, A Suitcase, on the poet Yang Kwei, several articles on the
Cloud Gate Dance Theater, etc. Held many talks on the NEW GERMAN CINEMA
(Fassbinder, Costard, Wenders, Dore O. etc.) at the Deutsches Kulturzentrum
/ Deguo Wenhua Zhongxin in Taipei and at the Taida Film Club (Tien Center,
Roosevelt Rd., Taipei)...
Correspondence with several poets (Barbara Guest whose poetry was translated in the 70s, Anne Waldman, several others; with Cid Corman for several decades, practically until he died).
Contributed poems to anthologies
(UND ICH BEWEGE MICH DOCH, ed. by Juergen Theobaldy (Munich [Beck Verlag]
1977); AIQING DE GUSHI - 300 DEUTSCHE LIEBESGEDICHTE, Beijing 1998...);
CRITICA DEL NOVECENTO / CRITICIZING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, ed. by Massimo
Bacigalupo and Anna Lucia Giavotto (Genova [Tilgher] 2001).
Several small volumes of poetry
have appeared or are due to appear, most of them published by SYMPOSIUM
PRESS, a small publisher in Rotterdam and Aachen.. Check (online) catalogues
of Deutsche Bibliothek (Frankfurt) and of Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Den
SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE (Oct. 2000)
So, who am I? A poet? or rather, somebody writing poetry (amongst other
things)? Age 56, born in Germany, male. Taught modern German literature
in Taiwan in the seventies. Later, briefly, at the Dept. of German of the
Ruhr University in Bochum (Germany). Did introductions to exhibitions (of
art works by Eu-Nim Ro, Angelo Evelyn, Peter Lacroix, Axel Guhlmann, Willi
Seeba, Doris Schöttler-Boll...), wrote some art criticism, but more
frequently, film criticism (on films by Sara Driver, Jean-Marie Straub
& Danièle Huillet, Dore O., Hellmut Costard, Paul Sharits, Steve
Dwoskin, Gregory Markopoulos, Pia Epremian, Massimo Bacigalupo, Werner
Nekes, Tony Morgan, Akira Kurosawa, R.W. Faßbinder...) Strongly believe
in "communicating tubes" between the arts, between art and everyday life,
between reason and emotions, our dreams, desires, the subconscious. Yes,
art shd not be instrumentalized. But we, as human beings, can be useful,
as Brecht tried to be. The usefulness of art, its emancipative strength,
its life-giving, life-enhancing force stems from that integrity,
still alive, somehow. Despite all. And to be sensed deep within you, within
every woman or man... Or shd I say: the creative core? Which,
by mere chance perhaps, let's us be useful without being servile, without
becoming creatures of a party, a dogma, an institution, a market...
- Andreas Weiland