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X Marks the Bökship closed for Harvesting during July and August

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Cancelled Crop, 1969, Dennis Oppeneheim

X Marks the Bökship will be closed during July and August 2012 to work on an archiving project about the shop and to spend time in nearby fields.

If you would like to buy books during this time they are being gradually uploaded to buy online here:

If you would like to visit the space before it closes, the shop is open today until 6pm with a book launch tonight of Gradations of Time over a Plane by artists Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela from 6.30 – 9pm.

The Bökship will reopen again  with an event on Thursday 6 September 2012.
The opening party will be on Saturday 8 September 2012.

If you are in Berlin, today is the last day to see the XARCHIVE reading room at Gerichtstrasse 52a. Open 2pm – 7pm. The XARCHIVE is an ongoing project documenting the history of X Marks the Bökship and includes copies of the books that have been launched at the shop.

Enjoy your summer and see you soon

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

Book clubs will continue to run during the summer:
Wednesday 11 July, Reading group/publishing forum Reading The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future by Robert Darnton, 7.30pm (@ Banner Repeater)
Thursday 12 July, ‘I’ve Never Read Her’. Reading The Little Hours by Dorothy Parker, 7pm
Thursday 26 July, The Erotic Book Club, 8pm


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June 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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Launch of Gradations of Time Over a Plane / Saturday 30 June, 6.30 – 9pm

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Rowing Projects is pleased to present the launch of ‘Gradations of Time Over a Plane’, a publication on the open-ended project by the artists Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela.

This event is associated with ‘Chart for the Coming Times’, a video installation developed during Caló and Queimadela’s residency at Gasworks supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, currently on display at Rowing Projects.

The launch will include a projection of a selection of video chapters from ‘Gradations of Time Over a Plane,’ alongside a short presentation of their new publication. This book has been designed by Rui Silva and includes texts by Coline Milliard and Filipa Ramos.

Working with video, film, photography, painting, illustration and sculpture, the Portuguese artist duo Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela has been developing ‘Gradations of Time over a Plane’ since March 2010, exploring different notions and personal conceptions of the experience of time in relation to particular locations or situations. This open-ended work is being constituted in chapters, which correspond to reflections and articulations from the experience given by the field work and the various material collected during those moments, combined with extensive studying and research of various popular, scientific, philosophical and artistic perspectives on the relation between man and the passing of time. The chapters exist in various formats (HD video, Super 8mm, symbolical illustrations, photo-collages, drawing and installation), are non-sequential and are either presented individually or connected in the exhibition space as a whole, creating an immersive circular narrative, seeking to involve the viewer as a free interpreter of the visual experience.

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June 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

Book presentation: One Fold Book: a project by AMBruno / Friday 29 June 2012, 7 – 9pm

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Book presentation. One Fold Book: a project by AMBruno.
Friday 29 June 2012, 7 – 9pm, talks at 8pm

At its most basic a book consists of a folio – a sheet of paper once folded.

AMBruno presents new work made in this simple essential form following a project brief by John McDowall. A single sheet of paper or card with one fold, resulting in what might be read as either four consecutive pages or as a cover, two interior facing pages and a back cover. Content such as image/text may, for instance, be on or materially incorporated in one or more of these pages.

The books created by the members witness a diversity of responses to this formal constraint, with a wide range of conceptual, material and structural ap­proaches.

AMBruno is collective of mainly London based artists. The founding members came together on the MA course at Central Saint Martins in 2007. AMBruno work in various disciplines, including painting, photography, video, performance and sculpture, but extend their individual practice into a shared exploration of the medium of the book.

Karen Blake – Book of folds / Marco Cali – Romantic Novel / Sara Dell’onze – “All you need…”  / Claire Deniau– Open and look at the left-hand page / Manya Doñaque – 48 Residents / Kathryn Faulkner – Object to be photographed by a pinhole camera / Judy Goldhill – Revenant / Barbara Greene – Proof / Jane Grisewood – A fold in timeIngrid Jensen – Diary 2011/12 / Sharon Kivland – Ma Nana / Philip Lee  – Body Fold / Heidi Locher – Let there be light / Sophie Loss – Nut; Off;  Fly  / John McDowall – Reflects  / Valerie Mary – Infancy /Maureen O’Brien – Street  / Veronica Perez Karleson – for 30 years I have been trying to wear this / Steve Perfect – No return / Cally Trench – Start and End Paper

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

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June 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

‘I’ve Never Read Her’ : Dorothy Parker – The Little Hours

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I’ve Never Read Her
Thursday 12 July 2012, 7pm

This month, as agreed with all who attended June’s meet up, we’ll be reading Dorothy Parker – The Little Hours (included in this Penguin Classic Collection, which helpfully is only £3). It’s a mere 8 (small) pages long so won’t take you longer than 20mins to read.

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June 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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Reading group/publishing forum / Wednesday 20th June 7.30-9pm

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Reading group/publishing forum
Wednesday 20th June 7.30-9pm

New joint reading group with Banner Repeater, X Marks the Bökship  and Arnaud Desjardin from Everday Press, with a specific focus on publishing.  The first meeting will be held at Banner Repeater and all are welcome to join us – we are reading:

The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future
by Robert Darnton

A renowned historian and pioneering scholar in the history of the book—a lead voice in the debate about the digital future of books and knowledge—distills his experience and insight in The Case for Books

The era of the printed book is at a crossroad. E-readers are flooding the market, books are available to read on cell phones, and companies such as Google, Amazon, and Apple are competing to command near monopolistic positions as sellers and dispensers of digital information. Already, more books have been scanned and digitized than were housed in the great library in Alexandria. Is the printed book resilient enough to survive the digital revolution, or will it become obsolete? In this lasting collection of essays, Robert Darnton an intellectual pioneer in the field of this history of the book lends unique authority to the life, role, and legacy of the book in society.

A former professor of European History at Princeton University, Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the Harvard University Library. The founder of the Gutenberg-e program, he is the author of many books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

ISBN-10: 158648902X
ISBN-13: 978-1586489021

This book is split into 3 parts ‘Future; (Chapter 1 – 4), ‘Present’ (Chapter 5 -7), ‘Past’ (Chapter 8 – 11).

We are going to start by reading ‘Future’.

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June 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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Launch of DISTURBER MAGAZINE: Spatial Practice / Thursday 21 June 2012, 6 – 9pm

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DISTURBER MAGAZINE: Spatial Practice curated by Tatiana Leshkina
Thursday 21 June 2012, 6 – 9pm

‘Place and event, space and mind, are not outside of each other. Mutually defining each other, they fuse unavoidably into a singular experience; the mind is in the world, and the world exists through the mind. Experiencing a space is a dialogue, a kind of exchange – I place myself in the space and the space settles in me.’ Juhani Pallasmaa

The second issue of Disturber Magazine is coming soon. Artists include: Tatiana Leshkina, Gaël Paccard, David Hanes, Marc Philip Van Kempen, Sinta Werner, Matthieu Lavanchy, Anouk Kruithof, Lucas Blalock, Bertrand Planes, Noemie Goudal, Indre Serpytyte, Satomi Shirai, Eyal Pinkas, Yvonne Lacet, Rumiko Hagiwara, Florian Hildebrandt Katja Novitskova, Letha Wilson.

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June 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

X Marks the Bökship in Berlin this week / XARCHIVE opens Saturday 16 June 2012

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X Marks the Bökship is in Berlin this week and the London space will be closed next weekend.
It will be open again on Thursday 21 June from 11 – 6pm and there will be a launch that evening of Disturber Magazine curated by Tatiana Leshkina from 6 – 9pm.

X Marks the Bökship, Berlin
XARCHIVE reading room opening at Gerichtstrasse 52a, Saturday 16 June 2012, 7pm.
The Publishers Lunch Club at Hotel Paravent, Saturday 16 June, 1pm.

Stay at Hotel Paravent, a project hotel located in the exhibition space Tête throughout June 2012.
A project by Manon Bellet, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez & Antonia Low.
40 euro per night for one or two persons. More details here

The Publishers Lunch Club at Hotel Paravent, Saturday 16 June, 1pm.
Presentations by Wojceich Kosma, Pablo Larios and John McCusker, Susanne Burner, Michalis Pichler and Michael Baers.

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June 10, 2012 at 11:55 am