Karl Holmqvist: What's My Name?
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Informed by the strategies of Dada, Fluxus, and beat writing, Berlin-based Karl Holmqvist fuses concrete poetry with cut-up techniques in anti-hierarchical monochromatic texts often presented as self-effacing, uneasy, live performances. In What's My Name? the text slowly reveals itself as the modified but recognizable lyrics to pop songs. Rejecting the authenticity of creativity and the idolatry of pop celebrity, the Swedish-born Holmqvist prioritizes the ''cover'' version, and subtly mocks the machismo of pop celebrity with the bizarre interventions of his performance works. This publication contains 66 poems, reworking the lyrics of artists that range from Grace Jones to Chicks on Speed and The Rolling Stones.