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Saturday 12th December, Borstal Space presents:

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Saturday 12th December, 6 -9 pm

Borstal cordially invites you to ‘A Conversation between Oliver Laric, Wojciech Kosma and Paul O’Kane’

On Saturday 12th December 2009 the last work exhibited at Borstal Space will be

‘A Combination of Works by Wojciech Kosma and Oliver Laric’.

This piece has formed a focal point for Borstal to curate an event which will investigate the question of ‘the self’ in relation to technology and partnerships.
The event will be held at Donlon Books on the Saturday evening and will feature a Conversation between Wojciech Kosma, Oliver Laric and Paul O’Kane.
In relation to Kosma and Laric’s practice Paul will give a Bretonian reading of a literary text describing a technologised everyday environment and event accompanied by an interactive poetry recital.
This will lead to an open discussion between the artists and audience which will be intercepted throughout the evening by performances with the potential for audience participation.


Wojciech Kosma is an artist and composer. His events could have been seen recently in the New Museum in New York, Goldsmiths University in London, Overgaden in Copenhagen , Boutique Monaco in Seoul, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, The Chilean Embassy in Paris, Image Music Text Gallery in London, or heard on Herbst Radio in Berlin.

Oliver Laric is Berlin based artist curator and cofounder of His practice appears in a diverse range of media. Recent exhibitions include ‘I love the Horizon’, Le Magasin-Centre National d’art Contemporain, Grenoble, ‘Montage: Unmonumental Online’, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and ‘Becks Fusions’, ICA, London.

Paul O’Kane is an artist musician, writer, lecturer who continues to investigate a broad range of practices while keeping open the question of art and the subject at their center.

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December 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

New Arrivals at Donlon Books

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Stanleypickergallery: Public Lectures on Art Sex, Magik, Utopia, Finance

Issue 1

A Season in Hell
By Arthur Rimbaud, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, ,

50 Envelope Windows
By Sara MacKillop

By Nick Santos-Pedro

The Coming Insurrection
By The Invisible Committee

Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews By Penny Arcade

Revolution of the Mind: The Life of Andre Breton
By Andre Breton

Arte Povera 1966-1980.
Libri E Documenti
By Giorgio Maffei

Sol Lewitt. Artist’s Books.
By Giorgio Maffei


Chene De Weekend 2006-2009
By Lucy Mckenzie

By David Noonan

Performance Nude
By Fiona Banner

Joseph Churchwood
By David Bennewith

Jack Goldstein
By Klaus Gorner, Chrissie Iles, Shepherd Steiner
Sound Commitments: Avant Garde Music and the 60’s
By Robert Adlington
The Ballad of Britain
By Will Hodgkinson

Cosmic Dreams at Play
By Dag Erik Asbjornsen

Sensational Fix Zine #1 – Silence¹
Sonic Youth

The Hacienda: How not to run a club By Peter Hook

A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982 by Nicholas Rombes
Les Evening Gowns Damnees Jack Smith
Warp Box Set
Cameron Jamie Poster
Destroy All Monsters
Love, Sex, Fear, Death, The Untold Story of The Process Church of the Final, By Timothy Wyllie
Portraits of American Biker-
Life in the Sixties
By Beverley V. Roberts
Spacesuits. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection
By Amanda Young
Maison Martin Margiela,
Written by Maison Martin Margiela
Hellen Van Meene
New Photographs

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December 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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Saturday 28th November, Launch party for issue #1 of Mono

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Saturday 28th November | 6:30 – 9pm

Issue #1: Ubiquitous Embodiment. Selected by Steve Bishop

Featuring: Brian Griffiths, Paola Pivi, pizza portraits, Alessandro Dal Pont, Goshka Macuga, calculators, Claes Oldenburg, Jonathan Callan, nose art, Joe Bradley, shark costumes, Lara Favaretto, Michael Pybus and Jack Vickridge.

Mono is a free bi-monthly paper dedicated solely to publishing image essays.
Each issue is selected by invited artists and curators. Consisting purely of images,
Mono aims to provide a unique platform for the exploration of ideas without words.



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November 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Thursday 26th November, Erotic Book Club

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Thursday 26th November, 8pm
Erotic Book Club

Reading: Memoirs of a Young Rakehell by Guillaume Apollinaire
Books avaliable from Donlon Books Now

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November 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Wednesday 25th November, A Prior Magazine Launch

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A Prior is an art magazine based in Belgium.
This new issue is co-edited with Olivia Pender, Anna Colin and Kim Einarsson.
It is based on Gustave Flaubert’s 1881 satirical novel Bouvard et Pécuchet and is divides into chapters so that it mirrors the structure of the book. It involves a large and sprawling number of texts and projects by artists including Pablo Bronstein, Goldin+Senneby, Runo Lagomarsino, Melanie Gilligan, Unnar Orn and writers such as Marina Vishmidt, Vanessa Desclaux, Angus Cameron, Rudi Laermans amongst others. Bouvard and Pécuchet, the two eponymous heroes of Flaubert’s last unfinished book, are both middle-aged copy clerks who, at the start of the novel, are resident in Paris. After Bouvard inherits money they decide to retire to the countryside and pursue their intellectual interests.

In chapter one, as the two autodidacts design their newly purchased garden, they begin by considering the theories laid out in a book titled The Garden Architect. This manual divides gardens into an endless number of types ranging from “The Dreadful Type’ […] composed of hanging rocks, shattered trees, and burnt out shacks” to “the ‘Exotic type’ designed to inspire memories in a colonist or traveler.”” Buoyed up by their reading matter, a vast range of technical manuals, literature and magazines, in each chapter they adopt a series of different roles from gardeners, to farmers, chemists, anatomists, medical doctors, biologists, geologists, historians, archeologists, architects, curators of their own museum, literary critics, dramaturges, politicians, economists, lovers, utopian socialists, gymnasts, mystics, philosophers, educationalists (adopting two orphaned children), urban planners, until finally they argue with everyone around them and contemplate suicide. The book is a travel narrative of sorts, and there are parallels with earlier satirical/ utopian odysseys such as Voltaire’s Candide. However if Candide is an ‘everyman’ for the age of Enlightenment – expanding his knowledge of the world whilst participating in European colonial expansion – Bouvard and Pécuchet are firmly located in their own time. They are bourgeois men of the nineteenth century and subsequently their pursuit of the good life involves an attempt to educate themselves, according to all the principles and ideas already available in print. Confused by all the competing theories, the scope of Bouvard and Pécuchet’s reading is encyclopedic. However, the two men consistently fail to learn from experience being unable to recognise the value of knowledge that is not learnt from a book, such as that of the local farmer. Whereas Candide ends in defeat and subsequently returns to a simple life in the garden tilling the soil, for Bouvard and Pécuchet defeat means giving up the pursuit for knowledge and returning to their former life as copy clerks.

Chapter summary:
Chapter 1. Meeting, friendship, Bouvard’s inheritance
Chapter 2. Agriculture, landscape gardening, food preservation
Chapter 3. Chemistry, anatomy, medicine, biology, geology
Chapter 4. Archeology, architecture, history, museology, classification, the institution
Chapter 5. Literature, drama, performance, grammar, aesthetics
Chapter 6. Politics: 1848
Chapter 7. Love
Chapter 8. Gymnastics, occultism, theology, philosophy, suicide
Chapter 9. Religion
Chapter 10. Education, music, urban planning, arguments with everyone around them

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November 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Friday 6th November: Readers Archive with Will Hodgkinson

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Readers Archive continues it’s series asking writers, artists and musicians to allow access to their processes of reading and research. Invited contributors write a text which discusses their own routes of investigation. Further insight into these followed avenues is given through a list of texts, lyrics or otherwise, that the selector considers to have been key on that journey. All of these are collected and shown at Donlon Books. By uncovering the links made by others, be they linear or tangential, Readers Archive offers up a list of possible turning points for further reading and departure.

Will Hodgkinson is our second contributor in the series and will be in conversation on the 6th of November 2009 at Donlon Books, Cambridge Heath Road, E2, 7-9pm. Will is a writer, journalist and television presenter. His books chart his own journeying within music; learning to be a guitarist in Guitar Man (2006), writing and recording a pop song in Song Man (2007). His most recent book, The Ballad of Britain (2009), documents his travels around Britain making field recordings of folk music. Recording traditional ballads, changing and evolving in their repetition over hundreds of years and sung by singers such as The Waterson Family or Alex Neilson of The Trembling Bells, equally Hodgkinson seeks more contemporary expressions of folk familiar to us in Pete Molinari¹s Medway Blues or the Grime music that provides a backdrop to the writer’s everyday South London. His journalism includes a column in the Guardian as well as contributions to Vogue, Mojo and the Telegraph among others. Songbook, shown on Sky Arts is a series in which Hodgkinson interviews songwriters about their inspirations and the stories behind some of their most well known songs.

Also now accompanying Will Hodgkinson on guitar after the conversation on this coming Friday 6th November will be Michael Tyack of Circulus and Princes In The Tower. They will be playing songs in tribute to The Incredible String Band’s founding member, Clive Palmer and his later folk group, C.O.B.

For more information email me on or to view the previous contribution by Philip Hoare please go to the website, where all contributions in the series are archived.


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November 3, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Dark Events for Dark Evenings

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Friday 30 October, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Launch of the SEX, MAGIC, UTOPIA, MONEY stanleypickergallery Public Lectures ON ART
2. DAVID BURROWS (Plastique Fantastique) & ANDY SHARP (English Heretic). Chaired by John Cussans
3. CHAD MCCAIL in conversation with ESTHER LESLIE
Series Editor: Dean Kenning
Published by The Centre for Useless Splendour
With a Screening of Plastique Fantastique’s
To be followed by…
Halloween Special
Horrid performance art and mu-sick from…
ANDREW COOPER: The Dead Should Work
ENDA DEBURKA: We all Live in a Yellow Belly Cocoon
ENGLISH HERETIC: New Isis School Musical
Curated by Dean Kenning

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October 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm

X Marks the Bökship / Donlon Books

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October 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

Seth Fluker

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Seth Fluker is the current artist in resident at the bookshop. He has previously published a book on his work  ‘Strange Days Indeed‘ which is available at Donlon Books. He has been shooting his latest project, the contents of a sink in the kitchen that he works at in London. He will be compiling these photographs and is looking to find a publisher for this new body of work.

Seth Fluker is a Canadian born (1982), London based self-taught photographer. In his early twenties, Seth became interested in photographing his surroundings while skateboarding throughout his hometown and cities abroad. Since then his work has been exhibited internationally and was recently published through TV Books in the Various Photographs Catalogue.

See more of Seth’s work at:

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September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Launch of Dan Graham’s Rock/Music Writings and screening of Rock my Religion

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Saturday 26th September, 6.30 – 9pm
210 Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road

Rock/Music Writings is the first English language collection devoted entirely to Dan Graham’s writings on music.

Having initially appeared in small journals like Extensions, magazines such as Fusion of REALLIFE, or the artist’s catalogues the publication titled Rock/Music Writings covers Graham’s most prolific period of writing on music and its relation to popular and visual culture: the late 60s to the late 80s. Most of these essays are out of print or available here for the first time in anthologized form.

While Dan Graham is known widely for visual art, he began writing about Rock n Roll in the late 60s and remains an active writer on music and popular culture, both of which remain major tenants of his work. In the late 70s, Graham became very influential to the now infamous New York no wave scene through his friendships with Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch, and Kim Gordon, to name but a few. Through this influence, Graham became a touchstone for many musicians, and he was responsible for helping form and inspire many bands of that era, among them the Theoretical Girls (which he original named “Girls That Do Theory”) and Sonic Youth.

Graham gave back to this community with his seminal video and essay Rock My Religion, as well as New Wave Rock and the Feminine, and Punk as Propaganda. Other works on punk rock included in the book are The End of Liberalism, McLaren’s Children, Untitled, and Artist as Producer.

Primary Information publishes artists books, artists writings, out-of-print publications, editions and web resources.

Rock/Music Writings is available for £12.95 and is distributed by D.A.P. It contains 13 essays and 29 B&W images.

rock writings

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September 14, 2009 at 10:47 pm