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N O V E M B E R 2014


Fragmentation of Time and Space
The Art Books of Jarosław Kozłowski 
19 November  - 14 December 2014

The art books of Jarosław Kozłowski (1945, Poland) have their roots in conceptualism. 
Kozłowski’s work is marked by a critical-analytical discourse with art and the mechanisms of perception, self-reflection and the building of correlations between the grammar of the artistic language and the sphere of meaning. In the 1970s the artist created works of a purely linguistic nature; they reflected his interest in language games and puns. The exhibited books include Lesson (1973), Exercise of Aesthetics (1976) Three Thirty and Fifty One (1989). A new printing of “Reality” (1972) has been published to accompany the exhibition.



Friday 28 November 2014, 6.30 – 9pm
An Education in Appearances
Edited by Oliver Klimpel
Published by Spector Books

An evening 
with objects by Constanze Hein and Ann Richter, 
a video by Jan Blessing,
a special performance by Marie Lautsch, Patrick Müller, Léon Auffenberg and Oliver Klimpel,
and the book

Performance at 7.30pm

Is it possible to understand graphic-design as a practice beyond an object-centric approach, as a practice beyond the conception and production of well-designed and printed artefacts? Which otherpotentials to create a public should be considered integral to design as an activity? This book explores which graphic, spatial and temporal forms such a situational practice could take, and tests the idea of the “visual event” from various perspectives of visual culture. It compiles numerous contributions by artists, academics, designers, architects, and students of the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.

With contributions by Oliver Klimpel, James Hellings, Planning-To-Rock, Eva Weinmayr, Carolin Lerch, Mia Frostner and Robert Sollis (EUROPA), William Haggard, Alexander Garcia Düttmann, Friedrich Tietjen, Franciska Zólyom, and students of the System-Design Class at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.



Thursday 4 December 2014, 6 - 9pm
Launch of Allotrope Press edition thirteen
'Loughton to Lambourne End'
Yuki Nishimura

Edited by Leïla Pereira
Texts from Bernard Walsh & Keef Winter

edition of 100
36 pp full colour
Launch price of £5 with a mulled cider

Yuki Nishimura looks to activate and give life to inanimate material, almost in a spiritual way, like the ranked relics of Catholicism in their various object-orientated worship. Nishimura says ‘I want to talk with concrete; ‘I want to become a piece of furniture’; ‘I want to lose myself and become a thing, just another thing’. So perhaps then it is more reductive, Nishimura wants to level the playing field, a kind of fatalistic approach to biology, matter and the ephemerality of life. But there is levity in his approach that lifts his work out of the mundane into an energy-filled exciting series of actions. Here, in ‘Loughton to Lambourne End’, we are set into a curious swimming pool locale deep in Epping Forest, Northeast of London. Simply, Nishimura’s objective is to navigate the length of a large outdoor swimming pool while talking to a sunken piece of concrete and aluminium. 



I’VE NEVER READ HER is a book club based in East London.  We read short fiction & essays by women, every second Wednesday of the month. Bring a bottle (or not) and your thoughts. Everybody is welcome. We also host screenings and events around the texts that we read. http://iveneverreadher.wordpress.com/

Wednesday 10 December, 7pm
Reading: Caryl Churchill - Cloud 9 (Play)

Caryl Churchill (born 3 September 1938) is an English dramatist known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, dramatisation of the abuses of power, and exploration of sexual politics. She is acknowledged as a major playwright in the English language and one of world theatre’s most influential writers.



XAUDIO: Expressionless Sirens
A series of interviews with artists and authors on board a rowing boat

# 1: X Marks the Bökship in conversation with Pil and Galia Kollectiv and Elena Poughia on her zine DIALOGOS.

DIALOGOS. is a bimonthly zine that nourishes discussions and collaborations between artists and curators. It is a self-funded, “do-it-yourself” project that inaugurated in February 2014. Each issue is exploring a different thematic according to artists’ form of collaboration and individual practices.

Listen here: http://bokship.org/expressionlesssirens.html



X Marks the Bökship's new location is at Matt’s Gallery opening a small bookshop and project space in the gallery foyer. The Bökship will be open Wednesday - Sunday and evenings throughout the autumn REVOLVER II exhibition.

REVOLVER II comprises a fast-paced three-part series of group exhibitions to investigate the manifestation of knowledge in relation to artists who work with or reference text and publishing. All selected works over the series of the three parts combine to create a dialogue exploring the conditions in which a concept or object can manifest as knowledge within the human mind and what constitutes as uncertainty or ‘unknowing’.

REVOLVER II is a curatorial collaboration between Robin Klassnik and Professor Michael Newman. REVOLVER II 10 September–14 December 2014


Recent Events

Saturday 21 June 2014, 7 – 9pm
Launch of Operation Paperclip by Patrick Goddard

The first trailer event for REVOLVER II is the book launch of Operation Paperclip is the debut graphic novel by artist Patrick Goddard, a self published black comedy about identity politics, free will and anarcho-individualism. The novel will be launched with a commissioned text by Naomi Pearce and a debut of a new performance work by Goddard.


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Sunday 6 July 2014, 4 – 8pm
Unsettled By And Open To
Shady Dealings with Language, London


Unsettled By and Open To gestures toward research led arts practice and celebrates the emergent, unexpected and the unruly by inviting presentations from artist writers; Emma Bolland, Neil Chapman, Linda Stupart and Nathan Walker.

In Pure Means, Yve Lomax considers the moment an action is somehow interrupted and the possibility of experiencing pure means arises – the very gesture of gesture. To illustrate, Lomax invites the reader to imagine an actor whose acting is doing everything to show the means of acting, and moreover, to show it is the means that are being shown. Pure Means demonstrates and explores these philosophical potentials through a poetry of terminology, ideas of subjectification and forms of government, and the figure of the author. 

We too want our effect and affect tight together. We seek a writing that affirms the affective, the somatic, while accounting for the analytic; a writing that moves toward a true politic.

Through a focused Sunday afternoon session of newly commissioned works and presentations, we invite you to make room for durational speech works, demonstrations and embodied critiques, installations of text and image, talks, discussions, food and drink.


Thursday 14 August 2014, 6.30 - 8.30pm

The event will feature a live performance by the artist Tom Barnett. 

For his live performances the artist TOM BARNETT adopts the persona of COLDEN DRYSTONE. Incorporating the recital of poetry and found texts (in this case drawn from the content of The White Review), Dada-esque sound pieces of the artist's own composition and patterns of repetition and feedback created on guitar, drum, radio, a live internet feed, vocals and a loop pedal, the works accumulate rhythms and repetitions from which emerge patterns of sound and language. In the course of these live actions he applies nails, spray-paints and clay to a wooden board, which survives the event as an abstract documentation of the event. The performance will last around 20 minutes, and begin at 7.30pm. 



xWednesday 17 September 2014, 7pm
# 1: Learn to Read Differently 
Simon Morris
Talk starts at 7.15pm

Simon Morris examines the relationship between reading and art. He proposes a new method of making art via conceptualist reading performances. This method grafts the aesthetic legacy of Conceptual Art on to various notions of writing (from literary composition to data management) in order to produce materially-specific poems as artworks that have in some way re-read a found object. This is an art of reading things differently. It starts from a premise proved by the impossibility of making purely conceptual art: that art is always aesthetical and conceptual. To that it couples an obsession with language as both material signifier and social activity. In doing so it establishes a mode of making art that asks: What could we write if reading could be a materially productive act of making art? How might a certain kind of reading-as-making problematise the understandings of authorship, production and reproduction ensconced in our cultural industries? Morris’ work celebrates reading differently as a praxis of exploring the elsewhere of what languages and their users can mean and do. Morris is committed to working collaboratively and against all-too-certain counter-productive divisions between contemporary art and contemporary literature. In his presentation, Morris will examine four of his experimental bookworks.




Saturday 27 September 2014, 6 – 9pm
Launch of X-Operative Book
Published by X Marks the Bökship, 2014
Paperback 112pp, £5

The title of this book X-Operative is taken from an essay by Ksenia Cheinman, who uses the term to describe common places where the cultural space becomes creative, productive, commercial, domestic, and educational all at once. This idea was used as the blueprint for an exhibition about X Marks the Bökship at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge in 2013. This book documents the X-Operative exhibition and extends the ideas broadly covering the multi operations of independent bookshop X Marks the Bökship: reading & writing, production, performance, distribution and exchange. Contributions include: Adam Burton’s text Some Problems of Distribution for Independent Publishers and Independent Booksellers, new writing by Bökship writer’s-in-residence Rory Macbeth and Rebecca Jagoe, World Brain by Lucy Woodhouse and works by Sophie Demay, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Keef Winter and JessWiesner.

Keef Winter's 'Let's build our own tomb' is a production performance that involves drinking, casting, shredding and swaying. Adapted from a similar recent work installed at X-Operative in Wysing Arts Centre, Winter will be manning a large sculptural trolley he has built for the purpose of casting plaster into drinks receptacles as they are consumed during the evening. On the menu will be prepared shreds of publications including X Marks the Bokship's X-OP and titles selected by Robin Klassnik from the Matt's Gallery archive. These publications are matched to a particular beverage and once finished you are invited to carefully crush your container and then pour a unique plaster work mixing in your preferred artist's shreds to be entombed inside.

A sound-system is also built into the trolley that will be hosting selected vinyl sets from Rory Phillips, Kirsty Harris, Keef Winter and channelling audio from Lucy Woodhouse's durational performance ‘De-ream’on the night.



xWednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm
# 2: A dead man speaks
James Langdon
Talk starts at 7.15pm

A question, which is a preoccupation for many artists and designers, is how to handle or represent the work of another. This might mean through text, in a biographical sense, or through the process of decision-making that a curator might use to determine how best to represent someone’s work who is no longer present to assert their own preferences. 

For the second meeting in the Publication as Practice series, James Langdon will talk about methods for representing a voice, and voice synthesis as portraiture. Landgon has recently written about his attempts to reconstruct the voice of Scottish novelist Gilbert Adair in an article in The Serving Library which can be read here: 

James Langdon is a graphic designer and curator. He co-founded the artist-run space Eastside Projects. He is the editor and designer or Book (Eastside Projects, 2010), A School for Design Fiction (Spector Books, 2014), A School for Design Fiction Workbook (Motto Books, 2014). Sinkhole his project for artists’ audio is forthcoming.

Publication as Practice is a series of talks by artists, writers, designers and publishers covering a range of concepts and approaches to artist books and experimental publishing. Speakers include Simon Morris (Information as Material), James Langdon, Nicole Bachmann & Ruth Beale (Performance as Publishing), FormContent, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Sophie Demay & Charlotte Cheetham. (Open Books)

Events take place on Wednesday evenings between September - December 2014. FREE.



Sunday 12 October 2014, 2 – 5pm
Launch of Toponym
By Lia Na’ama ten Brink
Published by LemonMelon 2014
£15 | Softback | 100pp | ISBN 978 1 908260 14 7 | 200 copies

‘Missionaries used to speak of dreams as the god of the savage, but through my hands they have always slipped like mercury …’

Toponym is a work of poetic-documentary montage, a journey through form that segues between found texts and images, traversing registers that are in turn technical, lyrical, scientific and archival. Its compass extends from the illuminators of medieval Central Asia to the nocturnal cormorant fishermen of 1950s Peking; from a surveyor’s passage through Victorian London to an historian’s taxonomy of shadow; and from Renaissance autobiography to the musicological diagrams of a modernist composer.
Where once narrative was shared in the ritualised gatherings of Boccaccio’s Florentine storytelling nobility, or imparted through the rites and festivities of the ancient Roman calendar, in Toponym it becomes a polyphony of verbal and visual fragments haunted by the placelessness that is the mark of the library, the archive and the imagination. The act of reading moves beyond language: unfurling across material surfaces, articulating the mineral and the molecular, the chromatic and the textile.

The Toponym book launch will take place in the Bökship during the opening of the second part of Revolver II at Matt’s Gallery. A small installation of archive films will be showing in the shop during the launch.



Publication as Practice II
A short course on concepts of artists’ publications

Wednesday 22 October 2014, 7pm
# 3: Performance as Publishing
Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale
Talk starts at 7.15pm

Nicole Bachmann and Ruth Beale formed Performance as Publishing in 2010. It is an artist-led research project which investigates overlaps in performance practice, events, discourse and writing.The project explores the work of contemporary artists who use text and writing/speaking as a basis for their performance. Past events and exhibitions have taken place at: Kunsthalle Basel; Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam; South London Gallery; Rowing, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; and Modern Art Oxford. They will talk about their recent project I take an empty space and call it a bare stage, at New York Art Book Fair, and meetings in New York with artists active in Fluxus, conceptual art and spoken word.  



Sunday 26 October 2014, 4 – 7pm
Book launch of ‘Where Is That Light Now’? 
By Paul O’ Kane
Published by eeodo


Where Is That Light Now? collects three short, illustrated pieces from the archive of artist, writer and lecturer Paul O’Kane. Photography as art is explored here through a personal mode of literary memoir. The pieces are distinct, drawn from different stages of a career but cultivate a subtle intra-textuality. A search for a consistent perspective on a life as an artist occasionally encounters Asian thought. The writing comes to question established contexts for art and proposes an alternative - art as a personal vocation or 'way'.

eeodo is a fledgling publisher making artist’s books. While supporting invention and speculation we are committed to developing a broad audience and promoting the idea that art, whilst innovative and esoteric is also an everyday human exchange


Publication as Practice II
A short course on concepts of artists’ publication x

Wednesday 29 October 2014, 7pm
# 4: I start from the image of an end : A conversation around "It’s moving from I to It – The Book"
Talk starts at 7.15pm

Participants: Pieternel Vermoortel (commissioning/producing), Paul Becker, Bianca Baroni (editing), Paulus Dreibholz (design), Eleanor Vonne Brown (distribution), Gil Leung (contribution/content production), the reader (the public).

I start from the image of an end opens up FormContent’s most recent publication through the perspectives of those who have actively participated in its conception, production and dissemination. Structured as an informal conversation each one of the parties touches upon role played in the development and presentation of the book (respectively distribution, design, editing and content production). The conversation is then punctuated by a fifth person: a narrator, a figure that allows the content of the book to organically fold into the discussion. By bringing in actual bits of the publication, the narrator not only opens up few crucial passages of its narrative development. It orchestrates the positions of the speakers as much it does for the multitude of authorial voices that have crowded “It’s moving from I to It” over two years.


Sunday 16 November 2014, 2 - 5pm
Launch of “REALITY” by Jarosław Kozłowski
3rd Printing 2014, Matt’s Gallery / X Marks the Bökship

“REALITY “ is based on Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. It is a precise copy of the third subchapter of The Transcendental Power of Pure Judgement (Analysis of Principles) from Doctrine of Elements (part II, section 1). “REALITY” means reality.

. , : ; - ( ) / / ” “ ! ? … ­– or punctuation – is something which escapes conformation with metalinguistic reality and which does not constitute either its representation nor its description (in written language).
Although we commonly refer to punctuation marks, these notations have no meaning external to themselves. They do not have any models in meatalinguistic reality and themselves do not model any elements of that reality. They have no designates, while, simultaneously, not being void, they are therefore neutral vis-à-vis metalinguistic reality.

. , : ; - ( ) / / ” “ ! ? … ­create reality which is e q u i v a l e n t   to metalinguistic reality. In a sense they are the only “REALITY” reality of ‘Jarosław Kozłowski ‘.

Con-Text, Bunkier Sztuki, 2009


Publication as Practice
A short course on concepts of artists’ publications

# 5. Fragmentation of Time and Space
Jarosław Kozłowski 
Wednesday 19 November 2014, 7pm
Talk starts at 7.15pm

The art books of Jarosław Kozłowski (1945, Poland) have their roots in conceptualism. 
Kozłowski’s work is marked by a critical-analytical discourse with art and the mechanisms of perception, self-reflection and the building of correlations between the grammar of the artistic language and the sphere of meaning. In the 1970s the artist created works of a purely linguistic nature; they reflected his interest in language games and puns. Kozłowski will talk about the books he produced during this time and refer them to the time and art context of the 70s.





Other News

The XARCHIVE is in The Stute, Cardiff
October - November 2014


The XARCHIVE is in Arnhem, NL
June - October 2014


The XARCHIVE is collection of books that were launched at X Marks the Bokship between 2008 – 2014. They have been lent to the library at Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem, NL. http://www.werkplaatstypografie.org