BBC Radio York: Do or DIY

Patrick Wildgust, curator of the Laurence Sterne Trust and Nick Thurston, editor from information as material explain on BBC Radio York that self-publishing is nothing new. Laurence Strene from Coxwold was doing it 1759 when he wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Hear about the Do or DIY exhibition at Shandy Hall.

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‘How the Great Writers Published Themselves’: Independent Newspaper review

The Independent newspaper — one of Britain’s daily broadsheets — ran a two-page essay review on iam’s ‘Do or DIY’ exhibition at Shandy Hall in last Saturday’s edition. The review by Christina Patterson, which tried to situate the project in terms of the upsurge in commercial self-publishers and the traditional valuation of publishing houses, can be read here.

Iam in ‘Pop Up Artists’ Bookshop’, Site Gallery

Pop-up Bookshop, Site Gallery, 2012

Iam accepted the kind invitation of Site Gallery to join in with their ‘Print It’ exhibition project. As a result, you can enjoy and buy a curated selection of iam titles at the gallery until early September as part of the Pop-up Artists Bookshop.

‘Global Conceptualisms’ reading, Galerie éof, Paris

Nick Thurston read at Galerie éof, 15 rue Saint Fiacre, 75002 Paris at an event organised by Double Change (Fr) and curated by Vanessa Place (USA). The cycle of short readings was arranged as part of the congressional conference on experimental literatures at the Sorbonne University, Paris, where all of the poets reading were also speaking. You can watch the two-part video footage here and here featuring: Paal Bjelke Andersen (Norvège), Christian Bök (Canada), Marco Antonio Huerta (Mexique), Franck Leibovici (France), Swantje Lichtenstein (Allemagne), Vanessa Place (Etats-Unis), Carlos Soto-Román (Chili), Nick Thurston (Grande Bretagne).

Iam co-present Other Room in Leeds

Other Room flyer for Leeds Gallery readings, July 2012

Iam were proud to co-present The Other Room poetry readings series at Leeds Gallery, July 19, 2012. This was second such collaboration following on the success of last year’s one off at Leeds City Art Gallery readings featuring Alan Halsey, Geraldine Monk, Karen McCormack, and Steve McCaffery which you can view in our Portfolio pages.

July’s readings featured: Hazel Smith, Ryan Ormonde, Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks.

Book Presence in the Digital Age

Book Presence in the Digital Age Conference 2012 flyer

Simon Morris opens Utrecht University conference, May 28-30, 2012.

Organized by Kiene Brillenburg-Würth

Funded by NWO and the Changing Literacies Platform of the Cultures and Identities Research Group at Utrecht University, in cooperation with OSL and Wintertuin, the symposium Book Presence in a Digital Age will take place at Utrecht University, May 28-30, 2012.

This conference is devoted to books and paper as bodies of literature in a digital age. Today, books are no longer dominant cultural media. Yet if books have been increasingly marginalized by screens, pads, and other electronic book-imitators, what is happening to literature as a paper art?

In 1992, Robert Coover still confidently predicted in the New York Review of Books: “…the print medium is a doomed and outdated technology, a mere curiosity of bygone days destined soon to be consigned forever to those dusty unattended museums we now call libraries.” The future of literature would be elsewhere, away from paper, print, and bound covers. Electronic literature would take the lead artistically and wipe out the remains of that bygone technology: the book. Except that it wasn’t – and it didn’t. Why?

Strangely, since the 1990s, when Coover’s turnaround should have taken place, there has been a veritable surge of creative re-imaginings of books as bearers of the literary. From typographic experiments (Danielewski’s House of Leaves, Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts) to accordeon books (Caron’s Nox), from cut ups (Foer’s Tree of Codes) to collages (Rawle’s Woman’s World), erasures (Rueffle’s A Little White Shadow) to mix-ups (Morris’s The Interpretations of Dreams), p(aper)-literature has gone through anything but a slow, uneventful death. By contrast, it has re-invented itself materially.

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Iam ICA, London panel for Publish & Be Damned

Still frame from the animation, ‘I Don’t Want to Make a Book’

Nick Thurston spoke at the ICA at the invitation of Publish & Be Damned curator, Kit Hammonds, on the panel ‘I Don’t Want to Make a Book‘, March 17th 2012. The panel was titled after this hilarious satirical animation.

Man Booker Quiz samizdat warriors


Umi Baden-Powell (right) offers a quiz sheet to a guest at the entrance to the Man Booker Prize award ceremony, London 2011.

Information as material Samizdat warriors, Umi Baden-Powell, Corinne Macdonald and Sasha Litvintseva distributed the Man Booker Shortlist Quiz to guests arriving at the Man Booker Prize Award ceremony at the Guildhall, London, Tuesday 18 October 2011. See The Man Booker Shortlist Quiz! PORTFOLIO entry for details.

Take the quiz online here.

Download the quiz as a PDF sheet here.

Craig Dworkin & Kenneth Goldsmith – Big Ideas talk, Whitechapel Gallery

Craig Dworkin (top) and Kenneth Goldsmith (bottom), ‘Big Ideas’ promo, Whitechapel Gallery, 2011.

Iam co-editor Craig Dworkin and our regular ally Kenneth Goldsmith gave the Whitechapel Gallery’s invitational ‘Big Ideas‘ talk during the London Art Book Fair, September 2011. Press on the event included interviews like this. The talk, which also featured a reading by American poet Vanessa Place, doubled as the European launch event for Dworkin & Goldsmith’s co-edited ‘Against Expression’ anthology (Northwestern University Press).

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