The Little Book of Answers
 and Act of Memory (Brixton)
Oct
1
2:00 pm14:00

The Little Book of Answers
 and Act of Memory (Brixton)

Artist Laura Malacart has compiled The Little Book of Answers using the answers to the UK citizenship test. The project launched as a participatory performance for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in 2015. The book is a device to interrogate the UK naturalisation process while exploring the official narrative about what it means to be British. Join us for an afternoon of activities and discussions for audiences to take part in, in order to playfully experience how to perform the knowledge from the naturalisation test.

From 4-5pm there will be a collective recitation from memory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, presented in collaboration with the market traders. The performance takes Monica Ross’ Anniversary—an act of memory as a model, as the artist intended.

These two projects, which use methods of memory and delivery for very different outcomes, are brought together to explore concepts of Britishness, citizenship and human rights. Booklets by Publication Studio London will be available.

 

In 1950, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students at the UN International Nursery School in New York viewed a poster of the historic document. (UN photo)

In 1950, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students at the UN International Nursery School in New York viewed a poster of the historic document. (UN photo)

Holly Slingsby: Knotted Mass II
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Holly Slingsby: Knotted Mass II

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Performance at 7.30pm

The language of the self would be stripped of one of its richest resources without hair; and like language, or the faculty of laughter, or the use of tools, the dressing of hair in itself constitutes the mark of the human. In the quest for identity, both personal and in its larger relation to society, hair can help. 
Marina Warner, From the Beast to the Blonde, 1994.

Holly Slingsby presents Knotted Mass II at Finishing Touch, a performance with 35mm slides by candlelight. This new work evolves from her recent performance at DKUK, and her research into the language of hair in the narratives of pop-cultural and mythical figures. The performance will draw from a rich selection of images, where hair is both subject and object, exploring its significance in popular culture, history, mythology and religion.

A booklet, with drawings and text by the artist, published by Publication Studio London will be available on the night.

Holly Slingsby studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (2003-2006) and the Slade School of Art, London (2008-2010). She has had solo exhibitions at Tintype, London; DKUK, London (both 2015) and SHIFT, London (2012); She has exhibited and performed at museums and galleries including Katzman Contemporary, Toronto (2016); Matt’s Gallery, London (2014); Pump House Gallery, London (2014); Spike Island, Bristol (2014); Modern Art Oxford (2010 and 2013); the Freud Museum, London (2013); Art Licks Weekend, London (2013); the Barbican, London (2011); and the ICA, London (2012).

Cocktails will be served. 

This is not a library
Feb
18
7:00 pm19:00

This is not a library

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Slide show and book launch: Thomas Browne’s ‘Musaeum Clausum’.

Alma Matters’ latest release ‘Musaeum Clausum’ (or ‘Sealed Museum’), first published in 1684, is an inventory of books and artefacts collected by English polymath Thomas Browne (1605–1682). Playing with the world of ideas and reality the contents of Browne’s imaginarium can only be reached through the letters on the page though, as each item is entirely fictional. Taking Browne’s surreal hoarding as a starting point, Mark Simmonds will present a personal collection of ephemeral treasures suggesting hidden cultural patterns and associations.

This event is in conjunction with the book ‘Koolie’, initiated by Sophy Hollington and Esther McManus, produced with Ditto Press, London. More information about the book can be found here.

www.almamatters.biz

 

#WRITTEN
Feb
17
6:30 pm18:30

#WRITTEN

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#WRITTEN

Readings and screenings from self-published works mined across the web.

Dead serious fan fiction, wild ride sci-fi, existential wonderings, adult content and more.

Dialled in live, pre-recorded, read out loud.

Come, hear, speak, critique.

ARC20 is the Royal College of Art’s annual magazine, which this year will take the form of a series of events and an online publication.

This will be an evening of conversations with practitioners of publishing and showcase works by RCA students that engage critically with the medium and its associated publics.

The event hopes to provoke critique around these conversations and student projects to discuss publishing’s present and future trajectories.

Refreshments will be served.

arc.rca.ac.uk

This event is free and spaces can be booked here

Re-bind & PDF party!
Feb
13
12:00 pm12:00

Re-bind & PDF party!

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Throughout February Publication Studio London will be running a pop up production space at Finishing Touch, chopping books while Open Barbers chop hair! Join us to celebrate PS London’s first birthday with a re-bind and PDF party on Saturday 13th February. Bring along your old paperbacks to be trimmed and rebound with a new cover or your USB sticks loaded with PDFs and, for a small fee, we’ll print and bind a physical copy!  

Chloe Spicer will present The Library Rave - An audio book silent disco. “A kind of book club club night, or multi sensory, universal accessibility for the book. Expect to don headphones, dance with books, drop an E -book and make text dance with disco lights to the bookish anthems of Fahrenheit 451 and The Library of Babel (not forgetting classics like the Dewey Decimal System), and maybe just maybe, after that sensory overload, we'll all become books…”

The day’s activities will close with a reading by Bertie Marshall from his forthcoming book From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking which will be published by Publication Studio London on 4th April 2016.

Birthday cake and fruit punch will be served!

Publication Studio is an experiment in sustainable publishing. PSLondon is the UK arm of a network of 13 studios around the world. We print and bind books one at a time, by hand and on demand working with local artists and writers to create original works. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense- not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through physical production, digital circulation and social gathering. www.publicationstudio.biz

Chloe Spicer is a Bookish Artist and Library Curator and runs Object Book, an alternative book makery in residency at Merton Abbey Mills. Follow on Twitter @ChloeSpicerArt @Object_Book

Bertie Marshall is the author of Berlin Bromley (his critically acclaimed memoir about his life as part of The Bromley Contingent – and mid 70s pre punk London) his other books include Psychoboys, a novel and Nowhere Slow, collected writings. The British Library have recently acquired his archive. His new book From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking, part travelogue memoir novella prose poem in memoriam, will be published by PS London is the Fellow Travelers Series in Spring 2016. Follow on Twitter @marshall_bertie

Finishing Touch -- Winter Fair
Dec
13
2:00 pm14:00

Finishing Touch -- Winter Fair

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On December 13th we'll be getting festive at Finishing Touch. Please join us for our Winter Fair, a gathering of local makers and art organisationsThere will be mulled wine, children’s activities and of course, haircuts from our resident Open Barbers.

Finishing Touch launch
Nov
1
2:00 pm14:00

Finishing Touch launch

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Join us for the launch of Finishing Touch on Sunday 1st November. 

We will be open from 12pm, celebrating Halloween and Day of the Dead weekend with a drop-in session for families making pop-up books and collages from 2-5pm.  The theme will be 'hidden horrors', recommended for children 6+ accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings welcome! 

At 7pm we will screen Brian Catling and Tony Grisoni’s film Vanished! A Video Séance (1999). It is the story of a family living in an isolated house on the Isle of Man in 1932. The elderly James and Margaret Irving and their daughter Voirrey received a visitation from a mysterious spirit. Its name was Gef, and it took the form of a mongoose-like creature with yellow human hands. The story was briefly celebrated, then forgotten. Now, as they say, it can be told again.

Brian Catling is an artist, writer and poet, whose published works include The Stumbling Block (1990) and The Blindings (1995) published by Book Works. His highly acclaimed debut novel The Vorrh (2012) was described by the Guardian as ‘one of the most original works of visionary fiction since Mervyn Peake’. He is Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford and has made solo exhibitions at numerous international galleries and venues including the Serpentine, the ICA, and Matt’s Gallery, London.

Tony Grisoni is an award winning screenwriter and film director. He has written and directed a number of short films including the BAFTA nominated Kingsland #1 The Dreamer, 2008. His television credits include Southcliffe (2013) The Red Riding Trilogy and The Unloved (2009).

Vanished! A Video Séance was made in collaboration in 1999 and described as "...genre busting - an encounter between mainstream movie story telling and the art avant-garde..."  by Jonathan Romney. Since Vanished, Grisoni and Catling have gone to make other pieces for galleries and together host the annual celebration of the absurd, Cabaret Melancholique.

A special pamphlet, produced with Publication Studio London, on the phenomenon of Gef the mongoose will be available on the night.

Cocktails will be served from 6pm.

www.luminousbooks.co.uk

www.publicationstudio.biz

www.openbarbers.co.uk

Image: The farm on the Isle of Man, with Mr and Miss Irving outside their front door.