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English Audio Request

473 Words / 1 Recordings / 2 Comments
Note to recorder:

American accent would be nice.

Claes Oldenburg: I am for an art (1961)
I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.
I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all.
I am for an art that imitates the human, that is comic, if necessary, or violent, or whatever is necessary.
I am for an artist who vanishes, turning up in a white cap painting signs or hallways.
I am for art that comes out of a chimney like black hair and scatters in the sky.
I am for art that spills out of an old man's purse when he is bounced off a passing fender.
I am for the art out of a doggy's mouth, falling five stories from the roof.
I am for the art that a kid licks, after peeling away the wrapper.
I am for an art that joggles like everyone’s knees, when the bus traverses an excavation.
I am for art that is smoked, like a cigarette, smells, like a pair of shoes.
I am for art that flaps like a flag, or helps blow noses, like a handkerchief.
I am for art you can sit on.
I am for the art of conversation between the sidewalk and a blind man’s metal stick.
I am for an art that you can hammer with, stitch with, sew with, paste with, file with.
I am for an art that tells you the time of day, or where such and such a street is.
I am for an art that helps old ladies across the street.
I am for the art that comes up in fogs from sewer-holes in winter.
I am for the art that splits when you step on a frozen puddle.
I am for the worm’s art inside the apple.
I am for the art of bending and kicking metal and breaking glass, and pulling at things to make them fall down.
I am for the art of ice-cream cones dropped on concrete.
I am for the majestic art of dog turds, rising like cathedrals.
I am for the art of bread wet by rain.
I am for the rats' dance between floors.
I am for the art of flies walking on a slick pear in the electric light.
I am for the art of soggy onions and firm green shoots.
I am for tile art of clicking among the nuts when the roaches come and go.
I am for the brown sad art of rotting apples.
I am for the art of meowls and clatter of cats and for the art of their dumb electric eyes.
I am for the white art of refrigerators and their muscular openings and closings.
I am for the art of things lost or thrown away, coming home from school.


  • I am for an art ( recorded by Jo_W ), Standard English (American)

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July 9, 2015

This is my first recording for RhinoSpike. I hope it is to your liking. I tried not to speak too fast, but let me know what I could improve if need be. :)

July 9, 2015

Thank you very much! I've also just joined RhinoSpike and made my first recordings in German. Thanks very much for reading this text for me. It's perfect and I can use it right away in my next lessons.


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