A curriculum vitae of Kurt Heintz

  • Joined and presented by Telepoetics/Reykjavik director Birgitta Jonsdottír, Heintz performs poetry and screens his videos at the Reykjavik Youth Center. American-born Icelander Michael Pollock, is also on the bill. [poet, video artist]

  • Heintz participates in the 1996 Pansy Kings' Cotillion at the Park West, Chicago, by presenting a catalog of Pansy King videos and archival footage of the members in performance. [video curator, video producer]
  • Goethe Institut invites Heintz to Hamburg, Germany for a one-week encounter with peer artists. Traveling with selected Chicago artists from many disciplines, he liaisons with local Hamburgian writers. He also performs for "Hamburg ist Slamburg" at LAOLA Club, and is an impromptu openning act for Robert Creeley at Literaturhaus. This trip seeds the process of the Hamburg-Chicago Literary Expedition. [poet, media artist]
  • The Chicago International Film Festival grants "Chinese Cucumbers" a Certificate of Merit in the Experimental Short category. It is the only production from the the Chicago area to place among the finalists in the category for 1996. [video artist]

  • WTTW/Chicago presents Heintz with the first-ever Image Union Bob Award for his poetry video of Quraysh Ali Lansana, "Passage," which earns an encore screening. [video artist]

Aug 1996
  • Jill Battson features Heintz at her ultimate Poets' Refuge reading in Toronto, and shares a round-table interview with Battson and veteran Canadian poet David Donnell on CBC television's Imprint program. [performance poet, media artist]
  • "Excuse me, what are you?" written and performed by Lisa Wax opens at the Bailiwick Directors' Fest, Chicago, and continues for four weeks afterward as part of the annual Rhino Theater Festival. Achy Obejas directs. Heintz creates original video which integrates with Wax's monologue, dance, and music selections. [video artist]

  • Poets gather at Heintz's home studio from several US states to participate in a Telepoetics link to Los Angeles as part of the second annual series of link-ups initiated by the Walt Whitman Cultural Center, Cambridge, NJ. [media artist, poet]
  • To benefit the Los Angeles slam poetry team, Heintz and Merilene Murphy co-produce a Telepoetics link-up featuring the final slam team members for their home towns. Chicago poets included Maria McCray, Chuck Perkins, and Michael Puican. This is the first full-fledged online slam between the two cities. [media artist, poet]

  • State University at New York / Buffalo invites Heintz to speak as a guest artist for it's Poetry Video Conference, a joint project of its departments of Media Studies and English, and organized by Tony Conrad and Mack Hammond of SUNY. The presentation concentrates on how poets and media artists can grow from sharing a common critique of images and texts, and how that growth has developed the new genre of poetry video. [poet, video director]

  • Heintz is a special guest artist at Cambridge, Massachusetts' Stone Soup Poetry reading presented at TT the Bear's Place and hosted by Jack Powers. [poet]
  • The Peace Museum is installed in its new site in Chicago on Institution Place, and Zakuri Brown hosts a reading of contributing poets to the Museum's peace anthology which includes a work by Heintz. [poet]
  • WTTW broadcasts "Passage", a poetry video featuring Quraysh Ali, as part of Image Union. [videographer, director]

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