Bernard Heidsieck

Bernard Heidsieck (Paris, France, 1928 – Paris, France, 2014). Bernard Heidsieck, through his eclectic career, has been a precursor in Sound Poetry and part of several movements such as Minimalism and Beat art. His first encounter with Francesco Conz took place around the sale of his old car, a then 20 years-old Austin Mini that Conz was coveting for his collection of artists’ relics. One of Heidsiecks most notable collaboration with Francesco Conz was the 10 meter long typescript poem written in 1975 for the inauguration of an art foundation in Vaduz. The poem was read slightly out of sync with a simultaneous sound recording of the same poem that named all the world’s ethnic groups. Several books and editions on cloths from Heidsieck can still be found within Conz archive.

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