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Launches, Readings & Performances at Wysing, Saturday 14 December 2013, 3 – 5pm

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Reading & Writing
Saturday 14 December 2013, 3 – 5pm
Launches, Readings & Performances

3pm – ‘The Wanderer by Franz Kafka’ by Rory Macbeth (audio extract)

Macbeth’s novel has been written by translating Kafka’s classic tale without knowledge of the German language or use of a dictionary. Rather than relying on computer-aided translations, Macbeth uses belief as a method for writing, forcing himself into a place where he simply believes the translation to be correct.

3.10pm – Launch of The Fox with introduction by Mathew Whittington

Although technically a first issue, The Fox ‘issue 4’ is loosely a continuation of the seventies journal of the same name produced by the artists’ collective Art & Language. This regenerated version, edited by Mathew Whittington, deviates from the concerns of the past publication, being more closely aligned with the ‘natural world’ and using the urban fox as a medium with which to explore attitudes towards the city, culture, nature, labour, architecture and design.

3.30pm – Launch of PERSONA including performance of East Coast/West Coast Re-presented, directed by Jessica Wiesner and performed by Paul Becker and Nadia Hebson, and introduction by Melissa Gordon

PERSONA is an artist-led magazine co-edited by Melissa Gordon and Marina Vishmidt and looks at the condition of self-presentation for the contemporary artist. In encompasses discussions on refusal, interiority, friendship, candour, and embarrassment. The launch will be marked by a performance of East Coast/West Coast Re-presented directed by Jessica Wiesner which reconstructs the original East Coast/West Coast – a videotaped argument between Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson conducted with Joan Jonas in 1969.

4.05 Short Break

4.15pm – Rebecca Jagoe, No Strange Men Shall Remove the Stone

Writer in residence for the duration of X-Operative, Rebecca Jagoe will bring together her collected writing and present a selection of new work created during her time at Wysing. She has been using the residency to explore an ongoing interest in the archaeological interpretation of megalithic structures, the devolution of technology, time capsules and nuclear waste.

4.30pm – Chris Evans and Will Holder, Errors hit Orient

Chris Evans went to British Library Newspapers, Colindale, to read B.S. Johnson’s football reports (published in The Observer in 1964 & 65) then suggested to Will Holder that they be set to music. Eight reports are scored for speech and eight improvised themes, played ‘bottleneck’ on bass guitar. Four modular, percussive and affective pieces accompany this, composing a commentary in the indeterminate manner of some of the author’s novels.

Wysing Arts Centre
Fox Road, Bourn, CB23 2TX Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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December 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Writer in Resident: Rebecca Jagoe

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Rebecca Jagoe is Writer in Residence for the duration of X Marks the Bokship’s X-Operative exhibition at Wysing Arts Centre.

‘Through lecture performance and written pieces, Rebecca Jagoe explores the appropriation of texts and the practical application of the metaphysical to everyday life. She will be using the residency to explore an ongoing interest in the archaeological interpretation of megalithic structures, the devolution of technology, time capsules, and nuclear waste. She will also use the time to continue an extended work featuring a solitary protagonist preoccupied with routine, structure, and the number 2.

Rebecca Jagoe is co-editor of the art writing journal YFR. Recent Recent shows and performances include ‘Adoption and Divorce’ (HFBK, Hamburg, June 2013), ‘LUPAFETE’ (London, June 2013), and ‘Building Your House on the Edge of a Cliff’ (New Gallery, Peckham, March 2013). Her writing has been published in journals including 2HB, YFR and SALT. .’


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December 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Launch of A Strange Cross Between a Butcher’s Shop and a Nightclub, Friday 13 December 2013, 6 -9pm

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Friday 13 December 2013, 6 -9pm
Launch of A Strange Cross Between a Butcher’s Shop and a Nightclub

A Strange Cross Between a Butcher’s Shop and a Nightclub is an artist book that comprises of illustrations, writing, photography and other miscellanea from Jonathan Baldock’s show at the Wysing Arts Centre in May 2013. Collaborating with artist Daniel James Wilkinson they have produced a playful reimagining of an exhibition catalogue.

Launch price £10

A Strange Cross Between a Butchers Shop and a Nightclub
By Jonathan Baldock
Text by Gareth Bell-Jones Kathy Noble and Lotte Juul Petersen
Edited and designed by Daniel James Wilkinson
Printed on Kylie at X Marks the Bökship
Cover printed and bound by Hato Press
Size 205mm x 287mm
Published by Behind The X, December 2013


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December 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm

‘I’ve never read her’ Book Club, reading Babettes Feast by Isak Dinesen

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‘I’ve never read her’ Book Club reading short fiction and essays by women.
Wednesday 11 December meeting at 7pm
Reading Babettes Feast by Isak Dinesen (Karen von Blixen-Fineck)

IsakPhotograph: Bettmann/Corbis

Drink and be merry! Enjoy a feast of mulled wine and mince pies over our December read – all welcome!  Our December read – the I’ve Never Read Her second birthday party and holidays special – is Babettes Feast, a short story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen).

Karen von Blixen-Finecke  (17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French and English.

Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette’s Feast, she was noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, for which she is also known in Denmark.

Babettes Feast was turned into a critically acclaimed film (watch here) in 1987 by director Gabriel Axel. As always, get your copy from your local charity shop, independent bookshop or library – not Amazon! See you all on Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 7pm.

PDF version available here.
I’ve Never Read Her

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December 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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Launch of OBJETS MINCES Part 2 / Thursday 5th December 2013, 6 - 9 pm

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La Houle is pleased to present OBJETS MINCES, a four-part publication project organised in collaboration with artists and authors. Each installment, containing folded papers, is published as a folder. A final print will conclude the series by gathering all the “Objets Minces”. This second instalment includes thin shards of ice, aluminium-embossed stupidity, and a formula of seduction. With : Xavier Aupaix Myriam Arseneault-Goulet Pierre Duys Emmanuelle Quertain Dieudonné Cartier Rebekka Seubert Guillaume Sinquin

La Houle is a Brussels-based publishing structure located 72 miles away from the sea, composed of Marie Lécrivain and Jef Caro. From contemporary art to fiction, our books try to build bridges between author, translator, artist, and publisher. La Houle will not follow a single path: through various encounters and collaborations, we choose to establish a methodology that will define itself along our publications. La Houle is a non-profit press. Our concern is to find economic ways of making and distributing printed matter, working in close relation to artists’ or writers’ practices.

At: X Marks the Bökship
Unit 3, 210 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ

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December 3, 2013 at 11:20 am