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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

http://www.aprior.org/issues

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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 editor@readersarchive.com or to view the previous contribution by Philip Hoare please go to the website, where all contributions in the series are archived.

www.ReadersArchive.com
http://www.DonlonBooks.com

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November 3, 2009 at 7:19 pm