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Tuesday 2 April 2013, 7 – 9pm
Launch of Failure, A Writer’s Life by Joe Milutus, Published by Zero Books
7.30pm Talk by Joe Milutus

Failure, A Writer’s Life is a catalogue of literary monstrosities. Its loosely organized vignettes and convolutes provide the intrepid reader with a philosophy for the unreadable, a consolation for the ignored, and a map for new literary worlds.

“The unfinished, unreadable, unpublishable — the scribbled and illegible, the too slowly published, the countless unpublished, all that does not seem to count at all… here lie all manner of ruins. From Marguerite Duras to Google Maps, Henri Bergson to H.P. Lovecraft, Orson Welles to Walter Benjamin to a host of literary ambulance drivers (not to mention the FBI, UFOs, and UbuWeb), _Failure, A Writer’s Life_ charts empty spaces and occupied libraries, searches databases bereft of filters, files spam and porn and weather reports into their respective _konvoluts_, and realizes the full potential of cultural inscription. In a series of snapshots concatenated in the best surrealist mode, Milutis has curated a catalogue of curiosities as essential to understanding our current cultural condition as they are eccentric. With Nietzschean _witz_ and self-reflexive bravura, he teases out the occult links between heterogeneities in the tradition of Allen S. Weiss and Greil Marcus. In the process, Milutis redefines the ‘virtual’ as something much broader and more interesting than digital simulacra: as the unmanageable storehouse of memory and the inevitable expanse of forgetfulness. Here, in all its glamorous success, is the horizon of failure.” Craig Dworkin

Saturday 6 April 2013, 6 – 9pm
Broken Dimanche Press are Publishers of the Month at X Marks the Bökship
7.30pm Reading from Seven Potential BDP Books by John Holten


For the first time Berlin based BDP will present their work in the United Kingdom at X Marks the Bökship in London. It is with great pleasure that BDP will offer a carefully chosen selection of their publications, artworks and limited editions, ranging from the ephemeral and handmade, to the mass-produced on the occasion of being publisher of the month, April 2013.

BDP started in 2009 as a vehicle for international publishing endeavours, focusing on considered experimental literature, contemporary art and social-democratic social sciences all channeled through the haptic nature of the book and the visual experience of tactile arts. It strives to work beyond language regions and commercial niches and in this manner hopes to offer a progressive, internationalist art book publishing platform for its writers, artists, curators, thinkers and other collaborators in an effort to excavate avant-garde traditions.

At X Mark the Bökship BDP will present some of its titles, book-objects and editions, many of which have been designed by its partner FUK Laboratoties. Co-editor and novelist John Holten will read from his latest project of potential books.

Wednesday 10 April 2013, 7 – 9pm at X Marks the Bökship
Publishing Forum Reading Group, Reading The Social Life of The Book
SLOB #02 Moyra Davey, The Wet and the Dry & SLOB # 03 Lois Luthi, Infant A

The Social Life of the Book is a collection of commissionned texts dealing with books, and how they engage with the circulation of ideas and the agency of social situations. It brings together artists, publishers, writers, designers, booksellers, etc. who consider books less as finished objects or forms but for their disruptive potential and their ability to produce new relationships, new publics and new meanings.

The Publishing Forum: Reading Group is a joint reading group with Banner RepeaterX Marks the Bokship, and Arnaud Desjardin from The Everday Press, with a specific focus on publishing. Continuing with our enquiry into publishing, past, present and future.

Saturday 13 April 2013, 6 – 9pm
Launch of Young Fresh and Relevant, Issue 3


On the back of a toilet door in a pub in New Cross, London, the advertising blurb of a listings poster promises that, in an evening of short story readings, the readers will all be ‘Young, Fresh & Relevant’. Young, Fresh and Relevant is a new ongoing journal of art writing that has no interest in any of the previous adjectives.

Thursday 18 April 2013, 7pm
‘I’ve Never Read Her’ Book Club of Short fiction and Essays by Women.

Reading Pussy, King of the Pirates by Kathy Acker,1996.

Kathy Acker was a major figure in postmodern literature for many years. Pussy, King of the Pirates takes her original, experimental style one step further, marking the apex of Acker’s abilities as a hypnotic and daring storyteller.

Loosely related to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, Pussy, King of the Pirates is a grrrl pirate story that journeys from the most famous whorehouse in Alexandria though an unidentified, crumbling city that may or may not be sometime in the future, to Brighton Town, England, and, finally, to a ship headed toward Pirate Island, where the stories converge and the vision ends.

Thursday 25 April 2013, 8pm
The Erotic Book Club: Erotica Imitating Art

April’s book club will mark our 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! As usual, for our birthday we will be turning the tables and asking you to write your own piece of erotic fiction. This years theme is Erotica Imitating Art. Inspired by last month’s exploration of VENUS IN FURS and Severins infactuation with Titan’s painting Venus with a Mirror, we would like you all to write something that has been inspired by an image – be it a painting, photo, film etc.

Friday 26 April 2013, 4 – 5pm, Arnolfini, Bristol
David Berridge and Eleanor Vonne Brown in conversation

A conversation around a selection of publications presented by X Marks the Bökship with David Berridge (VerySmallKitchen) and Eleanor Vonne Brown (X Marks the Bökship).

Saturday 27 April 2013, 6 – 9pm
Launch of NOOO by Nathan Witt
Edited by Lucy Mercer
Introduction and essay by Federico Campagna
Permacultures Commission [SPACE] Studios

An eBook of new writing from Nathan Witt exploring the cloying existence of life as an artist today.

Nathan Witt is not a writer. He is not a man. He is not Nathan Witt. He is Alvaro de Campos, when he writes “I am nothing./ I shall always be nothing./ I can only want to be nothing./ Apart from this, I have in me all the dreams in the world.” What is nothing? It is everything when it does not speak. It is a bank-robber with his face concealed by a mask. It is a prisoner being questioned. It is a writer, a man, Nathan Witt, when we don’t have enough time to share his silence and his noise. Federico Campagna


Writers in Residence at X Marks the Bökship

During the month of April we will be releasing extracts from David Berridge’s forthcoming book Man Aarg! on Poetry, Essay and Art Practice.

Sidsel Meineche Hansen will be working on a project at the fantastic London Centre for Book Arts designing a series of printing blocks unique to their letterpress made out of forms instead of letters.

Rory Macbeth will be working on the final installment of his novel ‘The Wanderer by Franz Kafka’.

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



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March 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

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Publishing Forum, reading group reading Counter Intelligence / Wednesday 27 March, 7pm

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Counter Intelligence

Wednesday 27 March 2013, 7pm
Meeting at Banner Repeater
Reading extract from Counter Intelligence

Counter Intelligence is a catalogue of self-published and autonomous print creations from the hands-on exhibition of zines, comics, pamphlets and other self-produced print at the 121 Centre, Brixton in 1995 organised by Jason Skeet & Mark Pawson.

Reviews 250 titles, plus short essays looking at specifics of autonomous self-publishing as well as placing this activity in a wider context; Autonomy, Dialectics of desk-top-publishing, Cultural Noise, Appropriate Scale Publishing, Price No Object/ Priceless Objects, Postal Pleasure, Refusing regularity, A Zinester Rants, The Free Information Network, E-zinesand computer bulletin boards, Autobio Comix, and a Non-exhaustive resources section.

The COUNTER INTELLIGENCE exhibition was also shown at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York and included in Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s 1996 live-life/life-live project. A vital doccument of its time.

We will be reading an 8 page extract reprinted by Mark Pawson for the Reading Group. Pick up a copy from Banner Repeater and X Marks the Bökship.

Counter Intelligence
Published 1995
Size A4 / 28 pages

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March 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

Support Banner Repeater at their Art Lottery Bonzana TONIGHT 22 March 2013

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 Your support will help secure Banner Repeater’s future, and help substantiate their fundraising activities further.

The tickets are £5 each or buy a Banner Repeater membership for £25 and get 7 free tickets with each membership.

Prizes drawn from a hat at Banner Repeater Tonight

Turner Prize winner 2012 Elizabeth Price,
Jarman Award nominee Benedict Drew,
Tate Britain ‘Art Now’ Clunie Reid,
John Russell,
Patrick Coyle,
Simon Bedwell,
Plastique Fantastique….

Lottery tickets will be pulled out of the hat on 22nd March, when you are warmly invited to Banner Repeater where you can purchase further tickets and other artworks for sale during the fund-raiser. If you are unable to attend the event you will be notified by email if you are a lucky winner!


£5 each
7 free tickets with annual membership (£25)
15 tickets for £50

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March 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

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At Artists Print this weekend 22 – 24 March 2013, Komplot, Brussels

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March 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

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Launch of Triggered Sound published by Palaver Press / Friday 15 March 2013, 6 – 9pm

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Friday 15 March 2013, 6 – 9pm
Launch of Triggered Sound published by Palaver Press

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TRIGGERED SOUND is Palaver Press’ first print publication, having originally been established in 2011 to publish sound works. This book is a collection of commissioned photographs taken by sound artists, documenting the various objects in our world that playback pre-recorded sounds at the push of a button or the winding of a gear. Alarms, toys, tape players, megaphones, subway speakers, automated messaging systems, samplers, etc. The objects of triggered sound are photographed in environments both familiar and foreign, domestic and subterranean, calling to mind the ways in which we interact with them in our daily lives either by choice or by chance. These visual portraits reflect an intriguing range of silent moments despite the contrasting function of these objects to provide timed passages of recorded audio.

ARTISTS Taylor Deupree, Jill DuBoff, Marihiko Hara, Marla Hlady, Yan Jun, Gregg Kowalsky, Caro Miklaef & Stephan Mathieu, Jeremy O’Sullivan, Aki Onda, Émilie Payeur & Pierre Paré-Blais, Nicola Ratti, Sawako, Nicholas Szczepanik, Benjamin Tomasi, Rie Yoshihara.

Text by Jeremy Young
Editing/layout by Catherine Métayer

Triggered Sound
Palaver Press 2013
150 copies, hand-numbered
Price: £10
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9885491-0-4
Digitally printed on FSC-certified paper with a special letterpress cover. Books are hand-bound with 100% recycled hemp twine in Japanese three-hole binding technique.

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March 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

Publishing Forum: reading group: Artists ‘ Magazines, An Alternative Place for Art by Gwen Allen

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Publishing Forum: reading group – Reading Artists ‘ Magazines, An Alternative Place for Art by Gwen Allen
Wednesday 13 March 7-9pm

Reading Chapter 7: Artists’ Magazines in the 80s.

Magazine publishing is an exercise in ephemerality and transience; each issue goes out in the world only to be rendered obsolete by the next. To publish a magazine is to enter into a heightened relationship with the present moment. During the 1960s and 1970s, magazines became an important new site of artistic practice, functioning as an alternative exhibition space for the dematerialized practices of conceptual art. Artists created works expressly for these mass-produced, hand-editioned pages, using the ephemerality and the materiality of the magazine to challenge the conventions of both artistic medium and gallery. In Artists’ Magazines, Gwen Allen looks at the most important of these magazines in their heyday (the 1960s to the 1980s) and compiles a comprehensive, illustrated directory of hundreds of others.

Among the magazines Allen examines are Aspen (1965–1971), a multimedia magazine in a box—issues included Super-8 films, flexi-disc records, critical writings, artists’ postage stamps, and collectible chapbooks; Avalanche (1970-1976), which expressed the countercultural character of the emerging SoHo art community through its interviews and artist-designed contributions; Art-Rite (1973-1978), an irreverent zine with a disposable, newsprint format; Real Life (1979-1994), published by Thomas Lawson and Susan Morgan as a forum for the Pictures generation; 0 to 9 (1967–1969), a mimeographed poetry magazine founded by Vito Acconci and Bernadette Meyer; FILE (1972–1989), founded by the Canadian collective General Idea, its cover design a sly parody of Life magazine; and Interfunktionen (1968–1975), founded to protest the conservative curatorial strategies of Documenta. These and the other magazines Allen examines expressed their differences from mainstream media in both form and content: they cast their homemade, DIY quality against the slickness of an Artforum, and they created work that defied the formalist orthodoxy of the day. (A work by John Baldessari from the late 1960s shows a photograph of Artforum, captioned “THIS IS NOT TO BE LOOKED AT.”) Artists’ Magazines, featuring abundant color illustrations of magazine covers and content, offers an essential guide to a little-explored medium.

Publishing Forum: reading group is a joint reading group with Banner Repeater, X Marks the Bökship  and Arnaud Desjardin from The Everday Press, with a specific focus on publishing.

Continuing with our enquiry into publishing, past, present and future, the reading group meetings will be held alternately at Banner Repeater and X Marks the Bokship and all are welcome to join us. We meet every two weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9pm.

We will have read and be discussing Chapter 7: Artists’ Magazines in the 80s, and we will be meeting at X marks the Bökship .

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March 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

Launch of Works That Work Magazine / Friday 8 March 2013, 8pm

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Friday 8 March 2013, 8pm
Launch of Works That Work Magazine 
Peter Bil’ak will present WordsThat Work magazine, and ideas behind it.

Works That Work is a new international design magazine that looks beyond mere portfolios, a magazine dedicated to inspiration and observation, to conditions and contexts, a kind of National Geographic of design. Interested in the manifestations of unexpected creativity. Perceptive, lucid, patient. Practical, positive, detached from artists’ egos, searching the globe to bring you just works that work.

Published by Typotheque and edited by Peter Biľak
Price £13


X Marks the Bökship is a distribution hub for Works That Work Works That Work intend to bypass traditional distribution networks which typically take the largest part of the cover price, as well as control where the publication will be sold and at what price. Instead they want to make their readers partners in this enterprise.
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March 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Launch of artist monograph by Ludovica Gioscia

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Saturday 9 March 2013, 6 – 9pm 
Launch of artist monograph by Ludovica Gioscia

Ludovica Gioscia’s monographic catalogue is an overview of the artists’ practice over the last ten years. Gioscia has developed an installation and sculptural practice based on paper – some of it custom screen printed other collected- and has realised a special hand printed edition for the launch.

Also present at the event some examples of her Debrock sculptures, made by crushing magazines and publications into geological formations.

The book includes essays by Eric Shiner, Michele Robecchi, Alberto Duman, Pablo León de la Barra and Maria Alicata.

Music on the night from DJs Todd Hart and Sandi Sirocco.

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Ludovica Gioscia 
Published 2012
220 x 315mm
224 pages offset printed 
Price £25
Special Launch price £15
20 special editon books with screen printed covers £50
Published by Edizioni Olivares
ISBN 978-88-904223-4-8

Edizioni Olivares was founded in 1986 in Milan by Federica Olivares and has a very diversified editorial production, spanning from cinema to video and television broadcast productions to new cultural happenings.

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March 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Artists’ Book Fair: Leeds

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Leeds Artist Book Fair 2013

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March 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm

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