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NEW Bökship Edition
XALPHABET / 26 Xs by 26 Artists

26 artists, designers and writers have been invited to design an X.
A new X will be released every week between July and December 2011.
The Xs will be exhibited at X Marks the Bökship on the website.
The individual prints will be for sale throughout the project for £15 with sales going towards funding future projects at X Marks the Bökship.
The edition is Xeroxed and is produced at X Marks the Bökship.
Size: A3 (297mm X 420mm) Portrait or Landscape
Colour: Black
Paper: CroXley Heritage Natural 250gsm
Each X is printed in a numbered edition of 26
A Boxette of all 26 Xs will be available at the end of the series.

The first X is by Hansjörg Mayer from his 1969 Last Alphabet series and is released this week – support the Bökship and buy one!


Thursday 21 July, 6.30 – 9pm
Journal Launch and Reading: A Circular, Issue 1, Summer 2011

Edited and designed by Afonso Martins & Pedro Cid Proença

Contributors: Stefan Themerson, Fay Nicolson, Robin Fior, Nathanael West, Mathew Whittington, Will Holder, Maël Fournier-Comte, Xavier Antin


Friday 22 July, 6pm – 8pm

Book Launch: Shadowboxing, Issue Four/ Five

The series of publications edited by the graduating students on the MA Curating Contemporary Art at the RCA as part of Shadowboxing has made visible the processes of discussion, collaboration and production between the artists and curators at different moments between February and July .The dialogue prompted by Giorgio Agamben’s text ‘What is an Apparatus?’ has been central to the development of Shadowboxing.

The contributions in this issue reflect upon the boundaries between private and public spaces, and how these can be tested or made contingent.

Each issue is also available to download from the Shadowboxing website.
For more information please visit


Saturday 23 July, 1pm – 6pm
Book Launch / Lunch: Studio cookbook by Ken Kirton

Studio cookbook is a collection of recipes aimed to inspire social lunches at the workplace. The first edition is a collection from åbäke, Alex Bettler, Front yard company, Goodwin Hartshorn, Jerome Rigaud, Martino Gamper, Mind Design, Sara De Bondt studio and many more.

The book launch will be framed around an afternoon feast open to all. The launch, or rather lunch, will gather previous studio’s and new participants, to realise the form of the cookbook live at the Bökship.  Please join us for some food from 1pm.

Contributing chefs include:
Patrick Lacey (åbäke)
Jerome Rigaud (electronest)
Sarah Gottlieb and Dario Utreras (Household)
Holger Jacobs (mind design)
Sophie Demay (Department 21)
Holly Willats (Art Licks)
Louise, Ken and Jackson (Hato Press)
Patrick Coyle

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July 17, 2011 at 4:10 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

Publisher’s Lunch

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Friday 25th February, 2pm
On the menu: New Potatoes, Green Beans, Ham, Olives, Salad, Pickles, Bread, Wine, Coffee, Chocolate. Cooked for the following artists and publishers by El.

Jasiek Mischke
Julika Gittner
Adam Burton

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February 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Waldemar Pranckiewicz’s Body Drawings for Bookworms at Pa/per View

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January 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Pa/per View Art Book Fair

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January 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Pa/per View Art Book Fair

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Pa/per View Art Book Fair
Opening night: Friday 21st January  |  6pm – 9pm

Fair opening times: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd January  |  12pm – 6pm

Zabludowicz Collection
176 Prince of Wales Road, Chalk Farm, London NW5 3PT

X marks the Bökship has a stall at the fair showing new work from independent publishers including:

Adam Burton  |  And Publishing  |  Anna Barham  |  Antenne Books  |  Coelacanth Journal  |  Dot Press  |  Doubleplusgood Books  |  Focal Point Gallery  |  For Further Information  |  Fraser Muggeridge Studio  |  Gili Tal  |  Giorgio Sadotti  |  Hato Press  |  If A Then B  |  Information as Material  |  IRP  |  Jenny Hirons  |  Johnston & Vock  |  Kunstverein   |  LET  |  Michalis Pichler  |  Monaco Magazine  |  Nieves  |  OK-DO |  Paraquay Press  |  Patrick Coyle  |  Preston is my Paris  |  Roland Brauchli | Ruth Beale  |  Ruth Ewan  |  Sara MacKillop  | Snimky  |  Tania Leskina  |  Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez  |  The Everyday Press  |  The Vanity Press  |  To Have and to Hold  |   Versuch  |  Waldemar Pranckiewcz  |  Wojciech Kosma  |

Bökship events during the fair:

Saturday 22nd January  |  4pm – 5pm
Launch of ISBN 978-1-907118-99-9
By Fiona Banner
Published by The Vanity Press, 2010

Saturday 22nd January  |  12pm – 6pm
Body Drawings for Bookworms
Drawn by Waldemar Pranckiewcz

Poster editions for sale from Arnaud Desjardin and The Everyday Press  |  Fiona Banner and The Vanity Press  |  Giorgio Sadotti and Fraser Muggeridge Studio

X marks the Bökship
210 / Shop 3 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ


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January 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

PUBLICATION AS PRACTICE # 12: Drawing from Architecture with Guest Speaker Pablo Bronstein, Wednesday 7th July

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A short course on concepts of artists’ publications

Wednesday 7th July
7pm – 8.30pm

Talk starts 7.10pm
Fee £2.50 per talk, pay on the night

# 12: DRAWING FROM ARCHITECTURE, Guest speaker Pablo Bronstein

# 1: THE ARCHIVE. Guest speaker James Hoff
# 2: PHOTOBOOKS. Guest speaker Stephen Gill
# 3: BOOKS ON BOOKS. Guest speaker Arnaud Desjardin
# 4: ART WRITING. Guest speaker Fiona Banner
# 5: THE COLOPHON (Documents and Facts), REPRESENTATIONS OF COLLECTIVE PRODUCTION. Guest speaker Will Holder
# 6: PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE MAGAZINE PAGE. Guest speaker David Campany
# 8: ARTISTS’ NEWSPAPERS. Guest speaker Eleanor Vonne Brown
# 9: SLIMVOLUME/ THE GALLERY AS PUBLISHER. Guest speaker Andrew Hunt

# 10: APPROPRIATION, Guest speaker Michalis Pichler
# 11: WHY I LIKE MAKING BOOKS, Guest speaker Sara MacKillop
# 12: DRAWING FROM ARCHITECTURE, Guest speaker Pablo Bronstein

X marks the Bökship/ Donlon Books
210 / 3, Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9NQ

Magazine Launch: Monika, Issue 2, Thursday 8th April, 6-9pm

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April 6, 2010 at 6:36 am

PUBLICATION AS PRACTICE # 4: ART WRITING with guest speaker Fiona Banner

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Wednesday 3rd March, 7pm – 8.30pm

A short course on concepts of artists’ publications
Talk starts 7.10pm
Fee £2.50 per talk, pay on the night

# 4: ART WRITING with guest speaker FIONA BANNER.

Next session
Wednesday 17th March: Will Holder

PUBLICATION AS PRACTICE # 3: BOOKS ON BOOKS with guest speaker Arnaud Desjardin

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Wednesday 17th February, 7pm – 8.30pm PUBLICATION AS PRACTICE

A short course on concepts of artists’ publications
Talk starts 7.10pm
Fee £2.50 per talk, pay on the night

# 3: BOOKS ON BOOKS with guest speaker Arnaud Desjardin.

Artist and publisher Arnaud Desjardin, founder of The Everyday Press , will be speaking on the subject of the collection, documentation and classification of artists’ books and how resulting publications ‘Books on Books’ create and control the history of the practice of artist publications.


Next session
Wednesday 3rd March: Fiona Banner

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