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Robert Lax - LAX⁵ Box (3xCD/2xDVD/Art) 28408
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Robert Lax - LAX⁵ Box (3xCD/2xDVD/Art) 28408
(in stock may 17, pre-order suggested!) Edition of 100 copies, signed & numbered by Hartmut Geerken.

Five editions plus an encore (German / English) by and with Robert Lax (1915 - 2000) in a slipcase, edited by Hartmut Geerken with previously unpublished materials, audio CDs, films, notes, letters, photos and poems. "robert lax was born in 1915 near new york, the son of jewish immigrants from austria. soon he belonged to the literary scene in new york and wrote for magazines like „the new yorker“ and „time“ as well as working for radio and film. after the war he lived for a few years in paris. his pacificism brought him to publish his own magazine: „pax“. matisse, chagall, léger, breton, genet, kerouac, e.e.cummings, ernesto cardenal: were just a few of the personalities who contributed articles to „pax“. hen in 1961 robert lax made a trip to greece from which he never returned to the usa: an early dropout who still encourages people who encounter him today to follow his example.“ - Sigrid Hauff

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LAX⁵ includes:

# 1 BOB´S BOMB
An interactive radio play by Hartmut Geerken on a scenario by Robert Lax.
i go back to 1944/45 when i was five years old and survive all the bomb attacks on stuttgart. 1961 the american poet robert lax writes a very rudimentary text with the title „the bomb. scenario for auditorium“. in february 1993 lax said to me: „back then in new york we all thought about the (atom-) bomb.“ 1967 i experience bombs in egypt during the „seven day war“, 1978 the same in afghanistan. (H.G.)
Audio-CD (46:35 min)

# 2 PHOTO MATCH
an important action of concept art was the „photo-match“ with robert lax which took place in a small inner courtyard on the island of patmos. the vertically rising microphone stood between us like a mandala. we moved colckwise around the microphone, taking turns to photograph each other. (H.G)
Audio-CD (11:25 min)

# 3 THE HILL
We - Hartmut Geerken and I - repeatedly brought Robert Lax together with our friends. With Kostas Yiannoulopoulos, the ‚Jazzking‘ of Greece, with Sun Ra and his Arkestra, who he travelled from Patmos to see at his concert in Athens. With the painter, filmmaker and author Herbert Achternbusch, with herman de vries, the artist who lets nature speak through his works, with Klaus Ramm and Jörg Drews, the organisers of the Bielefelder Colloquiums Neue Poesie, to which Hartmut took Lax, the minimalist poet. With Nicolaus Humbert and Werner Penzel, the filmmakers, with Herbert Kapfer the director of the radio play department of the Bayerischer Rundfunk.
Projects were developed: readings in Bielefeld, Athens and Zurich as part of the Bielefelder Colloquium Neue Poesie. Publications in the eschenau summer press by herman de vries, the films by Humbert/Penzel why should I buy a bed when all I want is sleep and three windows, and a number of radio plays by Hartmut Geerken (bob’s bomb, erwartet bobo sambo ein geräusch? erwartet er eine stille?, the family) and my three part radio feature series “a line in three circles, the inner biography of Robert lax”, which also appeared as a book. As a gesture of admiration Herbert Kapfer named his son Robert. An evening with Herbert Achternbusch in Ambach ended with the only negative remark from Robert Lax in all the years: you better keep away from destructive people. For a long time I didn’t take this advice seriously. (S.H.)
Robert Lax reads „The Hill“ - MP3-CD in three parts (I – 1:33:38 min, II – 1:27:28 min., III – 1:18:00 min)

# 4 LAX LISTENS
a film which had been forgotten for decades, suddenly surfaced out of the depths of the archive. a steady shot shows the american poet robert lax as he listens to my radio play present for his 75th birthday for the first time. (H.G.)
DVD (20:58 min.)

# 5 TWO CLOWNS ON THE LAKE
… we smirk, make grimaces, talk, walk and film at the same time, we dance around each other and obviously bob feels as if he is back in his circus tent at the end of the forties… (H.G.)
DVD (6:32 min)

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