Rire sur le vieux monde, 1972. Mixed media on paper, 28.5 x 19.5 cm
Raymond Syte; Henri Chopin
Cinquiéme Saison, revue de poésie évolutive, n. 1, Toulouse: s.n., Spring 1958
Henri Chopin; Gianni Bertini
D issue of the luxury edition of Ou, n. 20/21, Niort/Paris: Ou / Impr. Nicolas, 1964
Ou Cinquième Saison Revue-disque n. 20/21, 1964
Deluxe edition of Ou, n. 23/24, Paris/Niort: Ou / Impr. Nicolas, 1965
Deluxe edition of Ou, n. 33, Niort/Paris: Ou / Impr. Nicolas, 1968
Outline of the cover and colophon of n. 28/29, n.d. [1966?]. Ink and collage on paper, 67 x 28 cm
Outline of the cover of the disc included in n. 40/41, n.d. [1972?]. Ink, collage and handwritten text on cardstock, 25 x 25 cm
Outline of the cover of n. 42/43/44, 1973. Collage and letraset on cardstock, 27.1 x 27.6 cm
Raoul Hausmann, Bernard Heidsieck, Henri Chopin
Le Homard Cosmographique, s.l. [Niort/Paris?]: s.n. [Ou / Impr. Nicolas?], n.d. [1966?]
Les Cahiers de l´Octeor, n.d. [1966?]. Ink on tracing paper, 27 x 52 cm
Untitled, n.d. Typescript text on tracing paper, 25 x 25 cm
Obb jjet so no re, n.d. Mixed media, 27 x 25.5 x 25.5 cm
Styrofoam sheets with number and inscription that are part of the deluxe edition of Ou, n. 34/35, n.d. [1969?]
C issue of the luxury edition of Ou, n. 36/37, Ingatestone: Henri Chopin / The Gate House, February 1970
OU was a magazine dedicated to European and American poetic experimentation, particularly its audio and technological aspects. Its editor was Henri Chopin (Paris, 1922- Norfolk, 2008), poet, prose writer, essayist, painter, graphic artist, typographer, composer and, in short, a prolific and multifaceted artist, who was also devoted to independent publishing and promoting the work of his colleagues.
Chopin’s adventure in publishing began with Cinquième Saison, revue de la poésie évolutive, of which he was editor from its third issue, published in 1958. In 1964, the magazine was renamed OU/ Cinquième Saison and integrated a sound poetry disc as a defining element. OU featured the work of a wide range of artists, including Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, John Giorno, Jean Dupuy, Gianni Bertini, Paul de Vree, Bernard Heidsieck, Jirí Kolár, Ben Vautier, E. M. de Melo e Castro and Cozette de Charmoy, not to mention the work of Chopin himself and Dadaists such as Raoul Hausmann.
Archivo Lafuente preserves a deluxe edition with original graphic work of the nineteen issues and two supplements of Cinquième Saison (1958-1963) and the fourteen issues of OU/Cinquième Saison (no. 20/21 to no. 42/43/44, 1964-1974). In addition to these, the Archive is in possession of A Editions and sets of materials generated in the production of several of the issues of OU/Cinquième Saison, including original works by the artists, correspondence between Chopin and those artists, printing proofs with handwritten corrections, designs and mockups.
The collection also includes several original artist’s books by Chopin (such as Le cimitière 1967, Brussels, 1972 and The Cosmographic Lobster, London, 1975) and by other authors such as Bernard Heidsieck and Jean Degottex (D2 x D3Z. Poèmes partitions 1958-1961, 1973), as well as original graphic works by various artists for portfolios designed by Chopin (Portfolios 2, 3 and 4, Ruby Editions/Publishing, London, 1975).