Throughout his career, Chopin experimented with typewritten text poems called dactylopoèmes (literally, typewriter poems) and with sound poetry (poésie sonore). Using cutting-edge portable recording equipment to make his sound work, Chopin was fascinated with noises of the body, including breathing, cries, and the almost imperceptible rustle of a single hair; at one point he went so far as to swallow a microphone, hoping to pick up the most intimate rumblings of his body’s interior. From 1963 to 1974 the artist published the influential magazine Revue OU, which incorporated innovative typography and sound in the form of 45-r.p.m. records and published an international array of poets and artists, including Bernard Heidsieck, François Dufrêne, Brion Gysin, Robert Filliou, and Emmett Williams, among others.
Henri Chopin (French, 1922–2008). Audiopoems. 1958–80. Sound recording, read by the artist in collaboration with others. Cassette tape transferred to digital. The Museum of Modern Art Library, New York. Courtesy Supportico Lopez, Berlin, and Fondazione Morra, Naples