* Hand numbered edition of 100 * Following on from their 2014 cassette, documenting a lone reading by the the seminal Italian-American poet, publisher, and filmmaker, Piero Heliczer, Sloow Tapes now joins forces with Counter Culture Chronicles and Casioli Press, to publish a stunning edition dedicated to his life and work.
Piero Heliczer is largely known for his work within the rigorously experimental movement of “New American Cinema” - spearheaded by legendary figures like Bruce Conner, Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, Tony Conrad, Michael Snow, Jonas Mekas, and Andy Warhol, among others - that emerged during the early 1960s. A member of the Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Heliczer appeared in films by both Smith and Warhol, before beginning to make films himself - 25 in total - including Satisfaction, Venus in Furs, and Joan of Arc (in which Warhol appeared), which were most often silent and used live musicians, including the Velvet Underground, to provide soundtracks and multimedia shows, which he called “ritual happenings”.
In addition to his remarkable work in film, Heliczer co-founded the seminal Dead Language Press with his high school friend, Angus MacLise, publishing his own writings and those of MacLise, as well as the Finnish poet Anselm Hollo, Gregory Corso, and Jack Smith, and is noted for collaborations with Ira Cohen, Wallace Berman, William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, La Monte Young, and numerous others. Sadly, by the '70s and '80s, Heliczer fell on bad luck, spending stretches of his life homeless between New York and parts of Europe, before being killed in a traffic accident in 1993 at the age of 56.
I Must Be More Like an Ant than a Cigale Because I Like to Sing in Winter is a celebration of Heliczer’s life and work, or, in the words of Counter Culture Chronicles’ René van der Voort, “a tribute to Heliczer’s creative mind and to the man himself by friends, admirers and people Heliczer worked with”. Comprising memories of Heliczer, eyewitness reports, investigations into lost works and actions and writings from obscure Dutch magazines by Heliczer, as well as photographs by Harry Hoogstraten, a letter to the Dutch queen by Heliczer, other extras, including contributions by René van der Voort, Harry Hoogstraten, Eddie Woods, Harry Ruhé, Hans Plomp and Alain Diaz, it's a truly stunning artifact of an incredible, but uncelebrated artist that touched the lives and work of so many others that we love. A valuable addition to the existing works and biographies dedicated to Piero Heliczer as well as a wonderful, free-standing object in itself, we can’t recommend it enough.
Size : 200 x 140 x 5 mm
Pages : 40, risographed and saddle stitched
Language : English/Dutch
Editorial design : Lula Valletta
Photos : Harry Hoogstraten