In the mid-1950s and after, Tangier welcomed many artists, poets and intellectuals. Influenced by Paul Bowles, members of the Beat Generation came to the northern city to be inspired, to complete their projects and to live the Moroccan dream. Few lived a human dialogue with the locals, but most of them wanted to experience other things in order to expand the language of experience beyond the practical world.
During the “INTERZONE” times in Tangier, the East met the West in a debacle of utter incomprehension, each one waiting for the Other’s Answer, the Secret, without being able to find it, because neither one nor the other had it. For some, it was a place of intercultural encounters, and for many others rather the place of a debacle, which signals the failure of the “culturalist” approach to reality.
Via our film program : ” TANGIER INTERZONE 2 “, we will try to explore this frontier between reality and fiction, and discuss the imaginary dimension of this same “reality”. This year we expand our program to works and artists who don’t only have a direct link with the movement, but were inspired by it and lived the experience from within.
The event is taking place at The Arab Media Lab’s headquarters in Marrakech, and also online.
On October 28, 2022, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, will host a celebratory event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jack Kerouac. The event includes a keynote by Prof. Polina Mackay, panels on Kerouac’s literature and on the film adaptations and translations of his work, a debate on the influence of Kerouac and the Beats on the Portuguese literary scene and a multimedia concert.
Really excited that our first live in-person conference since 2019 is about to start! If you are coming and have not registered yet you can do so HERE. The same link will work if you wish to attend virtually (for only €30) – which also includes access to the screening of the film Songpoet! How can you afford to miss out? Looking forward to seeing you all 🙂
On March 12, 2022 it was a hundred years ago that the American writer Jack Kerouac was born. To celebrate his centennial a large number of events is taken place this year. Kerouacs’ birthplace Lowell, Massachusetts takes centre stage with readings, film presentations and concerts during the whole year – Kerouac’s birthday has not gone by unnoticed!
In the Netherlands we pay homage to the great writer with a full-day program on Sunday October 9 at the artists’ village of Ruigoord, near Amsterdam. A day dedicated to Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. Writers, performers and scholars from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, England and the USA will take part in the event. Keynote speakers Joyce Johnson and Ed Sanders, both contemporaries and friends of Kerouac, will take part via Zoom.
The EBSN is sad to note the passing of Harold Chapman on August 19, at the age of 95. Although his years in Paris during the late 1950s and early 60s were just one episode in a long life and career, the EBSN has since its founding been proud to use one of his pictures for its masthead because the British photographer chronicled so memorably life at the Beat Hotel, that special site of expatriate engagement with Europe. His images preserved a unique record of the scene when 9 Gît-le-cœur was the lowest class of hotel in Paris and a landmark in Beat history, home, on and off, to Brion Gysin and William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Ian Sommerville, Sinclair Beiles and Harold Norse. Chapman’s black and white photographs were for me, and no doubt many, many others, one of the great seductive ports of entry into those years of experiments in living and creating, when for a few francs a week anything seemed possible. Burroughs expressed it perfectly in his foreword to the book of Chapman’s Beat Hotel pictures: “It was a magical interlude, and like all such interludes, all too brief.”