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How to Publish Your Own Book

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Thursday 14  July, 7  – 9pm

I’m doing another School of Everything talk at the Bökship on how to publish your own book. It’s a 2 hour talk that goes through the process of putting together a publication and then what to do with it after it has been produced. The class is a ticketed event and costs around £20.  More information here:

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June 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

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Publisher of the Month: July / IRP

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Impulsive Random Platform are pleased to present their 14th issue at X Marks the Bökship, as July’s Publisher of the Month. Impulsive Random Platform is a publication which allows selected artists to show their work via a different outlet, often alternating between mediums each issue from print to performance and video.

Now internationally based (Baltimore, Amsterdam, in addition to their original London base), the creators will compile the issue in store in the run up to the event, where their entire back catalogue of issues, objects and books will also be available to buy.

IRP will be in residence at the Bökship from Friday 1st July – Sunday 3rd July compiling and producing issue 14. This will be presented on Sunday 3rd July between 4 – 8pm. Please come along to see the results and celebrate  the launch.

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June 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

Call for Submissions IRP Issue 14

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Call for Submissions IRP are now accepting submissions for the next issue of Impulsive Random Platform. The deadline for consideration for this issue is 5pm on Tuesday 28th of June 2011. Please email your submission to either as a 300 dpi JPEG for images or Word document for text pieces. Impulsive Random Platform, or IRP, is a London-based art publication made by graduates from the Slade School of Fine Art. IRP acts as both an extension of its creators’ individual studio practices, and an opportunity for selected artists of all disciplines to display and promote their work via an alternative outlet.

Please let us know if you have any further questions and we look forward to receiving your submissions.


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June 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Towards a Physiological Novel. # 7. Title: Paul, you are neglecting your shoes / Wednesday 29 June, 7pm

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‘Towards a Physiological Novel’
# 7. Title: Paul, you are neglecting your shoes.
Speaker: Paul Buck.
Wednesday 29th of June at 7pm.

If I say it’s a novel, it’s a novel. A urinal has been art for many years. Silence too. Noise is integrated. The list extends through the disciplines. Yet the novel, and indeed other categories of writing, come under the authority of the thought police. If we pirouette it is towards oblivion. Somersaults risk limb removal. Why can’t literature move without theory dragged as the carcass on the piano? Like other arts, literature’s concern is to respond to life lived now. Writing as research only survives if it can be controlled. Stamped and filed. The real question is what is life lived now? Where do you place your shoes?

Paul Buck maintains no CV. He recalls his first book was Pimot (1968), and whilst he holds a fondness for all his books, he could note re/qui/re(qui)re (1975), Lust (1976), Violations (1979), No title (1991), Walking into Myself (1995), Lisbon (2002), Spread Wide (2006)… along with his editing of Curtains through the 1970s and his divertimenti in film, theatre and music. Currently preparing A Public Intimacy (BookWorks) for publication, and writing Performance, a biography of the Cammell/Roeg film.

LAST TALK: ‘Towards a Physiological Novel’. Speaker: Mark Von Schlegell

(or how a dream machine works exactly)
Speaker: Mark Von Schlegell
Please note the new date of the final talk in the series:
Tuesday 5th of July at 7pm.

“If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it.  Is there any other way?” – Emily Dickinson asks and we answer no. We go on to ask, however, what then is the way to know the novel, the genius of narrative prose, per se? “Good as is discourse, silence is better, and shames it,” answers Ralph Waldo Emerson. So in this phantasm we’ll only remark on thirteen things….

Mark von Schlegell is author of the novels Venusia (2005, Semiotexte), Mercury Station (2009, Semiotexte) and New Dystopia (2011, Sternberg Press), as well as the critical works Realometer: American Romance (Merve Verlag, 2009) and Dreaming the Mainstream (Merve Verlag, forthcoming 2011). His weird theory and scientifiction appear regularly in periodicals like Artforum, Parkett, The Rambler and Art/Text and in numerous art books the world over.

‘Towards a Physiological Novel’ is a series of 8 bi-weekly talks and screenings initiated by Sidsel Meineche Hansen on the subject of communication and Angst, and the production of noise and nervousness in an electronic era. The talks will operate as a mode of research for a physiological novel that examines how information circulates – how it, in physiological terms, is embodied, and consumed in society. The series will bring together a diverse range of theoreticians, historians, artists and fiction writers whose works’ provide a flexible foundation for dealing with these ideas. The events are free.

Bibliography and more details:

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June 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

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June 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Book Launch: Spectacular Capitalism, Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy / Saturday 25 June, 7pm

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Spectacular Capitalism. Release Party and Presentation
Saturday 25 June, 7pm

Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy

By Richard Gilman-Opalsky

Over the past forty years the ideas and practices of Guy Debord and the Situationist International have become a constant reference point for those involved in radical politics, the arts, and cultural theory. Despite this ubiquity Debord’s work has been reduced to a palatable cliché rather than being used as a tool for crafting an ongoing practice of critique and engagement. Come on join us to celebrate the release of Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s new book, Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy, as we excavate this potential from the historical wreckage.

Drawing on the work of Guy Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the theory of practice and practice of theory are superseded by upheavals that do the work of philosophy. Spectacular Capitalism makes the case not only for a new philosophy of praxis, but for praxis itself as the delivery mechanism for philosophy – for the field of human action, of contestation and conflict, to raise directly the most irresistible questions about the truth and morality of the existing state of affairs.

Commentary and response from Gavin Grindon.

“Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s Spectacular Capitalism rescues Situationist theory and praxis from merely antiquarian and art-historical commentary and puts it in dialogue with the project of a radical philosophy for leaving the 21st century.” – McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory

Organized by Minor Compositions ( and the Centre for Ethics and Politics @ Queen Mary, University of London ( Facilitated by Sidsel Meineche Hansen.

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June 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Artist Talk: Peter Kennard, Lookingback@earth / Friday 24 June, 7pm

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Artist Talk
Peter Kennard takes us on a visual journey of the books that have influenced his latest photo-essay book @earth. Published by Tate Publishing, 2011
Friday 24 June, 7pm

@earth is as revolutionary in form as it is in content. It is a story without words told in the universal language of photomontage, long the favoured medium of radical artists. For the past four decades Peter Kennard has consistently challenged power structures and injustice, from his anti-nuclear works of the 1980s to the powerful images he created in response to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This book perfectly captures the brutal asymmetries of our age: heavy weaponry trained on broken people, all-seeing technologies and disappearing identities, perpetually exhaling industry and an asphyxiating planet. If there’s a word that’s worth a thousand pictures, it’s @earth. —Naomi Klein

Peter Kennard’s work is haunting. Eschewing words, it insists on not being forgotten. He is a master of the medium of photomontage. —John Berger

By Peter Kennard
Assisted by Tarek Salhany
Tate Publishing
ISBN 978 1 85437 984 9

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June 17, 2011 at 10:01 am