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Launch of {Enthusiasm} by SJ Fowler / Wednesday 3 June 2015, 7 – 9pm

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{Enthusiasm} is the 7th poetry collection by poet, artist, curator and vanguardist SJ Fowler. It follows highly-acclaimed collections including The Rottweiler’s guide to the Dog Owner and Enemies: the selected collaborations of SJ Fowler.

The book’s 81 poems are intended as individual pieces in their own right, but are interlinked by subjects including battle and violence, infants and infancy, religion, economy and population, the self, modernity, and the past.

Fowler’s poetry is playful and allusive, international in its scope. His Enemies project, concerning the possibilities of poetry in collaboration, has curated over 70 events and 9 exhibitions in 13 nations – these possibilities feed into the possibilities of his texts, his awareness of different modes of expression. Likewise, {Enthusiasm} thrives upon the effect on language of modern modes of communication, and the book makes disarming use of accident, irony, and error.

A substantial collection, {Enthusiasm} marks a decisive step in Fowler’s tireless, expansive career.

{Enthusiasm} by SJ Fowler
Published by Test Centre, 2015

£12 | £25 + p&p. 225 x 151mm. 96pp. Section sewn. Printed offset black throughout.
400 copies, 25 of which are signed and numbered and contain additional holograph material.
Printed by Artquarters Press
Designed by Traven T. Croves

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May 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm

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Artists’ Billboard

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Billboard

Artists’ Billboard: Jeremy Deller, Vote Art
This 3m x 2m billboard marks a new series of artists’ billboard commissions that will be on the facade of X Marks the Bökship and Matt’s Gallery between May – December 2015.

Supported by The Elephant Trust

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May 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

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Melbourne Art Book Fair: International Symposium on The Art of Independent Publishing

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Melbourne Book Fair

The first International Symposium on the Art of Independent Publishing will investigate the contribution that independent publishing can make to the future of the cultural sector.

The symposium will consider both the significance of publishing for artistic practice and the significance of publishing as practice. The symposium will cover such themes as: the importance of independent publishing as a platform for art criticism and discourse; the role of graphic design in the dissemination of independent publishing projects; and the impact of contemporary hybrid practices that cross the traditional boundaries of art, design and publishing.

Speakers include: Stuart Bailey, a UK-based designer who is one half of the duo Dexter Sinister and co-editor of the bi-annual publication Bulletins of The Serving Library; Helen Hughes, Melbourne-based co-founder and co-editor of the contemporary art journal Discipline; Ziga Testen, a Melbourne-based designer who has worked on numerous books for artists, arts institutions and independent publishers; and Eleanor Vonne Brown of UK publishing project space X Marks the Bökship. Individual speakers’ papers will be followed by a panel discussion that will draw the audience into the conversation.

The symposium is convened by Brad Haylock and is presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the Ian Potter Foundation and RMIT School of Media & Communication, as a part of the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria.

2pm–4pm
Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road,
Melbourne, Australia

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April 25, 2015 at 9:23 am

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Launch of Artist Novels. The Book Lovers Publication / Saturday 16 May 2015, 7pm – 9pm

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Saturday 16 May 2015, 7pm – 9pm
Artist Novels. The Book Lovers Publication

Book Launch with David Maroto & Joanna Zielińska in conversation with Gareth Long and Lindsay Seers.

This publication is devoted to the phenomenon of the artist novel, and whether it can be considered to be a medium in its own right within the visual arts. Visual artists create different strategies to integrate their novels into their practice. Introducing traits that are particular to narrative literature into the visual arts implies the accentuation of some features over others, such as narration, fiction, identification, and the act of reading and its protracted engagement, as well as distribution in public space. An artist’s approach comes fundamentally from the visual arts. The creation of an artist novel doesn’t differ from any other artwork. Both processes feed into each other as they evolve within the same body of works. Thanks to the contributions of a selected group of artists, writers, curators, and scholars this publication strives to demonstrate that literature, when treated by visual artists, can take place well beyond the space of the book.

Edited by David Maroto, Joanna Zielińska.

Texts by Roland Barthes, Liam Gillick, Kenneth Goldsmith, Tom McCarthy, Ingo Niermann, Seth Price, Seth Siegelaub, et al.; excerpts from artist novels by Guy de Cointet, Henry Joseph Darger, Yayoi Kusama, Jill Magid, et al.

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Artist Novels. The Book Lovers Publication
Published by Sternberg Press and Cricoteka, 2015
Price 25 Euro / £20
www.thebooklovers.info

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April 22, 2015 at 8:45 am

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How to get to X Marks the Bökship

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X Mile End Map

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April 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

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New Shelves + New Books = Bökship opening on Sunday 29 March, 2 – 5pm

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March 27, 2015 at 12:56 pm

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In Peril on the Sea: Sailing Ships, Stormy Seas

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February 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm

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