Publication as Practice II
A short course on concepts of artists’ publications
Wednesday 22 October 2014, 7pm
# 3: Performance as Publishing
Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale
Talk starts at 7.15pm
Image: From script to reading to exhibition to performance to print Alex Cecchetti, Story Line: Marie & William, 2013
Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale formed Performance as Publishing in 2010. It is an artist-led research project which investigates overlaps in performance practice, events, discourse and writing.The project explores the work of contemporary artists who use text and writing/speaking as a basis for their performance. Past events and exhibitions have taken place at: Kunsthalle Basel; Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam; South London Gallery; Rowing, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; and Modern Art Oxford. They will talk about their recent project I take an empty space and call it a bare stage, at New York Art Book Fair, and meetings in New York with artists active in Fluxus, conceptual art and spoken word.
Nicole Bachmann is an artist based in London and Zurich. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include MOT International Project Space, London (2014), Swiss Art Award Basel (2014), Zabludowicz Collection London (2013), and Aid & Abet, Cambridge (2013). Bachmann’s latest piece draws on the idea of language as material: Language as a possible physical form as well as a performance where rhythm relates back to the craft of making
Ruth Beale is an artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Peckham Platform, London (2014), Trade, Nottingham (2014), and group exhibitions at LesTerritoires, Montreal (2014) and Wysing Arts Centre (2014). Her work employs collaborative, discursive and performance processes to explore the relationships between culture, governance, social discourse and representation.
X Marks the Bökship is closed this week during the installation of the next Revolver II show. Open again for the Revolver II preview and Toponym launch on Sunday 12 October, 2 – 5pm, then every Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 6pm.
REVOLVER II Part Two: Traverse
Bronwen Buckeridge, Lucia Nogueira and Joëlle Tuerlinckx with site-specific interventions by Craig Barnes, James Coleman, Peter Liversidge and X Marks the Bökship.
15 October to 9 November 2014
Open 12-6pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Preview: Sunday 12 October, 2-5pm
A curatorial collaboration by Robin Klassnik & Michael Newman
Sunday 12 October 2014, 2 – 5pm
Launch of Toponym
By Lia Na’ama ten Brink
Published by LemonMelon 2014
£15 | Softback | 100pp | ISBN 978 1 908260 14 7 | 200 copies
‘Missionaries used to speak of dreams as the god of the savage, but through my hands they have always slipped like mercury …’
Toponym is a work of poetic-documentary montage, a journey through form that segues between found texts and images, traversing registers that are in turn technical, lyrical, scientific and archival. Its compass extends from the illuminators of medieval Central Asia to the nocturnal cormorant fishermen of 1950s Peking; from a surveyor’s passage through Victorian London to an historian’s taxonomy of shadow; and from Renaissance autobiography to the musicological diagrams of a modernist composer.
Where once narrative was shared in the ritualised gatherings of Boccaccio’s Florentine storytelling nobility, or imparted through the rites and festivities of the ancient Roman calendar, in Toponym it becomes a polyphony of verbal and visual fragments haunted by the placelessness that is the mark of the library, the archive and the imagination. The act of reading moves beyond language: unfurling across material surfaces, articulating the mineral and the molecular, the chromatic and the textile.
The Toponym book launch will take place in the Bökship during the opening of the second part of Revolver II at Matt’s Gallery. A small installation of archive films will be showing in the shop during the launch.
‘I’ve never read her’ book club reading short fiction and essays by women.
Wednesday 15 October, 7pm
Reading: Sophia al Maria – The Girl Who Fell to Earth
Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. She works a great deal with the concept of “Gulf Futurism” a term coined by Al Maria to explain an existing phenomenon she has observed in architecture, urban planning, art, aesthetics and popular culture in the post-oil Persian Gulf. Her memoir ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’ was published by HarperCollins on November 27, 2012.
I’VE NEVER READ HER is a book club based in East London. We read short fiction & essays by women, every second Wednesday of the month. Bring a bottle (or not) and your thoughts. Everybody is welcome. We also host screenings and events around the texts that we read. http://iveneverreadher.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 12 November, 7pm
Hito Steyrl – In Defense of Poor Image (Essay)
Wednesday 10 December, 7pm
Caryl Churchill – Cloud 9 (Play)
Saturday 27 September 2014, 6 – 9pm
Launch of X-Operative Book
Published by X Marks the Bökship, 2014
The title of this book X-Operative is taken from an essay by Ksenia Cheinman, who uses the term to describe common places where the cultural space becomes creative, productive, commercial, domestic, and educational all at once. This idea was used as the blueprint for an exhibition about X Marks the Bökship at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge in 2013. This book documents the X-Operative exhibition and extends the ideas broadly covering the multi operations of independent bookshop X Marks the Bökship: reading & writing, production, performance, distribution and exchange. Contributions include: Adam Burton’s text Some Problems of Distribution for Independent Publishers and Independent Booksellers, new writing by Bökship writer’s-in-residence Rory Macbeth and Rebecca Jagoe, World Brain by Lucy Woodhouse, X-enos. Uncommon Commons by Ksenia Cheinman and works by Sophie Demay, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Keef Winter, Jessica Wiesner and others.