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The Erotic Book Club

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Thursday 25th June, 8pm

Reading: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche

Wetlands is the disarmingly explicit, unflinching, and very funny, story of a heroine both pleasure-seeking and vulnerable, who voices what others do not even dare think. Courageous, radical and sure to create debate.

Hosted by Robin and Fanny and held on the last Thursday of the month, the Erotic Book Club is a small gathering to devour and discuss the naughty masterpieces of literature.  We shall be savouring both modern and classic filth. Erotic fiction  and personal memoirs, by male and female authors…

210 / Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ

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June 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Launch of ‘On And On Is How We Are’ by Bo Christian Larsson

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Sunday 21st June, 6.30pm – 9pm


Swedish-born Hamburg based artist Bo Christian Larssonʻs first extensive
monograph includes drawings and objects made over the past years as well as
photographs of his performances and installations. His works center on the inner
visions of the individual and the dialogue taking place between internal and external
worlds. His imagery delves into fantastic forests, utopian cities, gloomy creatures and
blinding lights. The book contains an essay by Adina Popescu and an interview with
Birgit Sonna, along with a brief introduction to Larssonʼs drawings by Caroline Dowling.

Birgit Sonna, along with a brief introduction to Larssonʼs drawings by Caroline Dowling.

This launch coincides with Larsson’s group exhibition Walking In My Mind at The Hayward Gallery, Tuesday 23 June 2009 – Sunday 6 September 2009.

Price £24.99
Published by Argo Books

210 / Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ

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June 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Talk and Book Signing: Eduardo Kac meets Joanna Zylinska

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Saturday 20th June, 6pm

Eduardo Kac meets Joanna Zylinska in discussion

A talk and book signing will take place on Saturday the 20th June, 6pm. Introducing their work and sharing ideas on bio art and new species, the talk will be followed by a book signing by Eduardo Kac on his book Life Extreme.

Eduardo Kac is an artist who has pioneered telepresence and bio art. Kac opened at the dawn of the twenty-first century a new direction for contemporary art—first with a groundbreaking transgenic work entitled Genesis (1999), which included an “artist’s gene” he invented, and then with his “GFP Bunny”, in which he created a fluorescent rabbit called Alba (2000). Equally concerned with the aesthetic and the social aspects of verbal and non-verbal interaction, in his work Kac examines linguistic systems, dialogic exchanges, and interspecies communication. His books include Telepresence and Bio Art: Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots and Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond.

Joanna Zylinska is a cultural theorist writing on new technologies, ethics, cultural studies and feminist theory. Her research interests focus on new technologies and new media; debates around subjectivity and the body, including the discourses of the ‘cyborg’ and the ‘post-human’; digital art and bioart; photography in the digital age; the ethical implications of new technologies; the relationship between culture, ethics and politics. Joanna Zylinska is reader in New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of On Spiders, Cyborgs, and Being Scared: The Feminine and the Sublime; The Ethics of Cultural Studies and the recently published Bioethics in the Age of New Media.

Life Extreme – the book

Humankind has imagined and depicted fantastical creatures since the formation of the first societies. Beasts such as the Chimera, the Golem, the Minotaur and Galatea could be said to be culturally symptomatic. Today, in the twenty-first century, we witness the emergence of a new class of beings: organisms that are first imagined and then–through the agency of biotechnologies–brought to life. What used to be a myth has now become a reality. In Life Extreme, Eduardo Kac, the pioneer of “bio art” who is internationally recognized for celebrated works such as “Genesis” and the fluorescent green “GFP Bunny,” has selected 36 new organism, presented alongside excerpts from Ovid to Andy Warhol. The book, published in Dis Voir’s new Encounters series, is prefaced by Kac’s “Anthroduction” and includes a whimsical taxonomy of taxonomies, offering a unique classification method for future species.

Published by Dis Voir

210 / Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ

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June 2, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Art Writing on The Radio

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June 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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Jem Goulding

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Jem Goulding is the current Poet in Residence at the Bokship

Cloudy Horizons

Pretending to Sleep

It doesn’t matter how shut tight
Your trembling eyelids seem to be,
I know your senses are all right
Because in the dim shadows I can see,
That you are pretending to sleep.

We secret voyeurs insist on this fight
Playing dead on the mattress half-innocently
To spy on each other thus extending the night
And peek through still lashes in sick ecstasy,
For the thrill of pretending to sleep.

Perhaps we’re better as one in this light
Despite the fact it appears that we
Have a strange little game here, and fun oversight
Of the problems that lovers, the he, and the she
Can avoid by pretending to sleep.

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June 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Poetry Might…

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Monday 8th June at 7pm.

Small discussion group for people who want to talk about poetry. Bring along a poem by a poet who you like to read to the rest of the group – we will then talk about these poems and poets.

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June 2, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Work in Progress

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Submissions wanted for new publication of short stories called ‘Work in progress’.

Please send short stories from 1,000 – 5,000 words  by  1st August 2009 to  Tony Collins at

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June 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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Launch of The Coelacanth Journal: Issue 3, The Moderns

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Friday 5th June, 7pm – 9pm


Phoebe Blatton . Steve Bunn . Alice Channer . Justin Eagle & Katherine Gardner . Susan Finlay . Jess Flood-Paddock . Steven Gontarski . Adrian Jack . Ivan Kluhn . Joseph Lacasse . Vincent Lacovara . Aodhan O’Shea . These Are Powers

. . . and featuring a performance from URARA TSUCHIYA and an exhibition of books and posters by JUSTIN EAGLE & KATHERINE GARDNER.

Published by The Coelacanth Press,  Journals £3

The Coelacanth Journal ISSN 1759-7455

Launch at 210/Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ

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June 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Launch of Readers Archive

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Thursday 4th June, 7pm – 9pm

readerd archive

Readers Archive is an ongoing series that asks writers, artists and musicians to allow access to their processes of reading and research. Each month an invited contributor writes 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.

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.
Philip Hoare will be the first contributor in the series.
Hoare is the author of Serious Pleasures: The Life of Stephen Tennant (1990), Noel Coward: A Biography (1995), Wilde’s Last Stand (1997), Spike Island (2000), England’s Lost Eden (2005) and Leviathan or, The Whale (2008), which has just been short-listed for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction. He also wrote and presented Arena: The Hunt for Moby-Dick (BBC 2, 2008), and wrote and directed Philip Hoare’s Guide to Whales (BBC 4, 2008)

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June 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Nature Poem

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Fake Tree

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June 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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