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Spector Books Artist Talk “Songs & Clouds” / Thursday 20 December 2012, 7 – 9pm

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Thursday 20 December 2012, 7 – 9pm
Spector Books Artist Talk “Songs & Clouds”

Olaf Nicolai Escalier du Chant (Songs) and Helmut Völter Cloud Studies (Clouds).




How can songs reflect political events? How does a song become a political song? The artist Olaf Nicolai invited eleven international composers to write songs that reference political events which were of current relevance to them. Without prior announcement, a total of 58 songs were performed as a-cappella pieces on twelve Sundays in 2011 on the central staircase of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. Visitors to the museum found themselves as actors in a staged performance for brief instances of time. The publication Escalier du Chant presents excerpts from the songs and commentaries by the composers in the form of 58 music sheets; the accompanying booklet contains various photographs of the performances. Including songs by: Tony Conrad, Georg Friedrich Haas, Georg Katzer, Liza Lim, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Enno Poppe and Marcel Beyer, Rolf Riehm, James Saunders, Elliott Sharp, Mika Vainio, Jennifer Walshe.


“Clouds are fleeting entities – studying them so as to correctly classify, name and read their forms was considered in the 19th and early 20th centuries an important step in coming to understand the secrets of the atmosphere. In its early stages photography offered scientists completely new ways of depicting clouds. They used cameras to make precise, lifelike images, which provided in turn insights into the interaction of clouds and the atmosphere.

Helmut Völter’s Cloud Studies presents six different stations of scientific cloud photography, from its beginnings in the 1880s to the images made by the first weather satellites in the 1960s. Each of the six chapters represents a very different scientific and photographic perspective of clouds.”

With an essay by Marcel Beyer; photographs by Albert Riggenbach, Ralph Abercromby, anonymous pilots of World War I, Ferdinand Quénisset, Philippe Schereschewsky, Philippe Wehrlé, Masanao Abe and the Tiros weather satellites; and excerpts from works by Jean Baptiste Lamarck, Luke Howard, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, John Ruskin, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Clement Ley and others.


Olaf Nicolai and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
Pinakothek der Moderne Munich (Eds.)
Triple case with 58 music sheets, including 32 page booklet
German/ English
Leipzig 2012
ISBN 978-3-940064-65-
£ 78.50


Helmut Völter: Wolkenstudien. Cloud Studies. Études des nuages
272 pages, 132 photographs.
German, English, French
Spector Books, Leipzig 2011
ISBN 978-3-940064-99-8

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December 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Publishing Forum Reading Group at Banner Repeater / Reading The Fox Issue 1

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Wednesday 12 December 2012, 7 – 9pm
Publishing Forum Reading Group at Banner Repeater
Reading The Fox Issue 1 (1975) republished by The Everyday Press 2012

“It is the purpose of our journal to try to establish some kind of community practice. Those who are interested, curious, or have something to add (be in pro or con) to the editorial thrust… the evaluation of ideology… of this first issue are encountered, even urged, to contribute to following issues.”

The Fox (1974–76) We will be reading A Declaration of Dependence by Sarah Charlesworth, Perimeters of Protest and others in the review section.

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December 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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Launch of Misery Connoisseur magazine / Friday 14 December 2012, 6 – 9pm

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Misery Connoisseur collects the scrapings of a post-cynical generation and smears it on gloss.”
Richard Parry, The Hayward Gallery

MC is a bi-annual glossy magazine art publication that curates the visual and theoretical artwork musings
of up to 30 creative practitioners in print only.

MC Online showcases 30-second adverts video commissions from featured artists within the magazine. Skype becomes the template fictional toolbox to transmute the recorded image. MC Live operates between the lines.

The launch event provides a space to act out the private view. Leading up to each issue contributors to the magazine perform negotiate their work outside the confines of the printed page.

Launch Program

Mal du Siècle !
Moral Malady with Cheese Connoisseur Jack Faulkner
Teasing and Tempting you with a selection of the Most Miserably Moist
and Mostly Mouldy Fromage.

Dirty Martini Bar MC’s very own Cocktail Waitress
Emma Hunt will be mixing Misery with Martini Melancholy with Metaphor.

Live screening with LA film-maker Jason Underhill.
Excessive stroking and objects of a nefarious nature from the beginning to the very end.

Duncan Wooldridge (Head of Photography at Camberwell College of Art)
and Alexandra Terry (Curator and Writer)
Deliberate and Hesitate in judging the most Miserable Mobile Phone Image.
The winner takes home a bottle of Vestal Vodka, to drink alone,
irresponsibly and without friends.

**With very special thanks to Flynn at Neal’s Yard Dairy and William at Vestal Vodka
for their generous donations.

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December 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Theatre of Objects / Tuesday 11 December 2012, 7 -9pm

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Tuesday 11 December 2012, 7 -9pm
Theatre of Objects / Poetry event


An evening of book launches, performances and Pharmacopoetics to celebrate the publication of:


Theatre of Objects
seekers of lice
Published by VerySmallKitchen
Read Interview


Stephen Emmerson
Published by Apple Pie Edition
and The Last Ward
Published by VerySmallKitchen


The Fluxus President
David Berridge,
Published by Dark Windows Press
Special Launch Price £5
Read Review


Chapter One of ANTHOLOGY ART SPACE: A project by Sarah Butler.

With performances by:

David Berridge, Sarah Butler, Stephen Emmerson, David Kelly, Becky Cremin and Ryan Ormonde, Ladies of the Press…

Plus a special reading and  musical performance from Jude Cowan, previewing The Goodoyals of Terre Rouge (forthcoming from Dark Windows Press, 2013).

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December 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Launch of A Circular Journal, Issue 2 / Saturday 8 December 7- 9pm

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Saturday 8 December 2012, 7 -9pm
Launch of A Circular: Issue 2

Issue 2 features David Antin on Real Estate; a trio of short loops on song and sound by David Morris; Richard Hollis on Flags, Stars and SignsDieter Roth’s Trophies Rotated by James Langdon; Patrick Coyle fake fancying, feigning, forging; Wayne Daly and Sean Lynch in conversation; Adrian Piper’s To Art (Reg. Intrans. V.) and another instalment of Will Holder’s Middle of Nowhere.

A Circular 2
Published  2012
96 pages
offset printed
Price £10
Special Launch price £8


AC2 front (1)


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December 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

The History of Vinyl Talk / Thursday 6 December, 7 – 9pm

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Thursday 6 December 2012, 7 - 8.30 pm
The History of Vinyl / How to press a record
Hackney based press Carvery Cuts will be talking about vinyl pressing, mastering and making dubplates.

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December 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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DREAM/RE-DREAM. Action / Saturday 1 December 2012, 11am – 7pm

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Apparent Extent and X Marks the Bökship present: Christian Jendreiko
Saturday 1st of December: DREAM/RE-DREAM. Action 11am – 7pm

Düsseldorf-based artist Christian Jendreiko is known for making actions with large ensembles of trained or untrained performers in novel, site-specific settings. Lasting anywhere between two and seven hours and featuring performers with musical instruments in nonhierarchical and improvisatory fashion. As a bookshop and publisher X Marks the Bökship is esspecially interested in Jendreiko’s actions, because they use written instructions as notation, handed out to actors and audience alike, bringing these usually seperated groups together in a social sculpture.

For the London premiere of DREAM/RE-DREAM, Christian Jendreiko, Volker Zander & Eleanor Vonne Brown will perform at X Marks the Bökship over the course of a day from midday into the evening. Guests and friends are invited to enter, circulate and remain at Bökship as long as they wish. A special Bökship edition of the action script will be prepared. Since 2007 Jendreiko’s actions have been performed in the UK at Arnolfini, Bristol and Eastside Projects, Birmingham and in various galleries and art institutions throughout Europe and the US. Jendreiko has also presented work internationally since 1999 as a founding member of Düsseldorf/London-based artist collective hobbypopMUSEUM.

Apparent Extent is a record label based in Cologne, Germany. AE was founded by musician and composer Volker Zander in 2005. The label is mainly focusing on artist records, field recordings of artist performances, as well as music and soundtracks of filmworks and film installations.



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November 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

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Launch of Sounds Like Silence. John Cage – 4’33” – Silence Today / Thursday 22 November 2012, 6 – 9pm

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Thursday 22 November 2012, 6 – 9pm
Launch of Sounds Like Silence. John Cage – 4’33” – Silence Today
Published by Spector Books 2012

7.30pm Introduction to the publishing practice of Spector Books
by publisher Anne Koenig and designer Pascal Storz.
Display of the current titles and back catalogue of Spector Books
Spector Books are distributed by Anagram Books

The title of this book and the exhibition it documents—Sounds Like Silence—is ambiguous.
On the one hand, silence effectively “sounds”—or as Cage put it, “There is no such thing as silence.”
On the other hand, sound needs silence in order to be heard. Even if complete silence does not exist, every sound implicitly conveys the notion of silence: there is no presence without absence. The double meaning of Sounds Like Silence therefore touches upon the central issues at stake in this project: what do we hear when there is nothing to hear; to what extent do we long for silence; and how much silence can we cope with—provided it even exists? John Cage’s 4’33” (four minutes, thirty-three seconds) premiered on August 29, 1952. This book presents new theoretical writings and artistic works referring to this groundbreaking work, together with original scores and the composer’s own variations, derivatives, and sequels of the “silent piece” in the years from 1962 to 1992.

Sounds Like Silence. John Cage – 4’33” – Silence Today
Edited by Dieter Daniels / Inke Arns
Published by Spector Books, 2012
ISBN: 978-3-940064-41-7
Retail Price £25.50
Special Launch Price £21.50

Spector Books are distributed by Anagram Books:

Spector books are Publishers of the Month at X Marks the Bökship
22 November – 22 December 2012

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November 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Launch of Da Thirst / Thursday 15 November 2012, 6.30 – 9pm

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“It’s finally time for Da Launch of Da First Issue of Da Thirst, in an exciting event featuring:




Da Thirst is a magazine established in 2012 by a group of Fine Art Media Department students at the Slade School of Fine Art. The aim of the magazine is to merge elements of contemporary digital culture with the more traditional practice of printed text and image as well as incorporating all the magazine essentials: wordsearches, origami, horoscopes, cartoons etc…

Featuring the work of: Claire Boyd, Sasha Litvinseva, Rose Rowson, Matt Copson, Ellen Yeon Kim, Bong, Emilie Atkinson, Siwon Kim, Joel Wycherley, Jennifer Martin, Rebecca Merrill, Martin Rowson, Sophie Littman, Dante Rendle Traynor, Babette Semner, William Saunders, Alex Springer, Richard Seaholme, Emilie Atkinson, Charlotte Boyd, Tom Clark, Hela Hellerich, Charlotte Murdoch and Plastique Fantastique”

X Marks the Bökship
210/ Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ

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November 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

Three X Launch / Thursday 1 November 2012, 6 – 9pm

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Launch of Here and There Vol.11

Ed. Nakako Hayashi

Launch of 2012
by Merike Estna

Launch of new issues of Me and My Friends
by Jenny Moore, Susan Taylor, Betsy and Sam Porritt and Anna Kanai

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October 27, 2012 at 11:59 am