upcoming books launches – X MARKS the Bokship

A CIRCULAR, edited by Afonso Martins and Pedro Cid Proença.
IIssue 1 features Stefan Themerson on why Decency of Means is the Aim of aims; Fay Nicolson‘s pedagogy of circulation, Neither Odd or Even; Robin Fior on the graphic language of the British 60s/70s underground press, Mathew Whittington on the Marx Brothers, Casablanca and language as private property; Nathanael West’s short story The Impostor; Open Source Publishing‘s letter to Monotype regarding intellectual property rights in typeface design; another instalment of Will Holder’s Middle of Nowhere; Maël Fournier-Comte‘s notes for a letter to Jean-Luc Godard’s Une femme est un femme, and Xavier Antin throwing a rubber band in the air.

Shadowboxing brings together projects by four artists, Mariana Castillo Deball, Sean Dockray, Marysia Lewandowska and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, in an exhibition developed in collaboration with the graduating students of the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art MA.
The publication makes visible the processes of discussion, collaboration and production between artists and curators. Contributions take the form of artists’ commissions, interviews and conversations with relevant people from the cultural and political field, as well as essays by the curators.
ISSUE 4/5, A Structure that Wants and To be Another Structure has been conceived as a double issue, where the content of the publications run in parallel. As a whole it both reflects, and confronts the terms used throughout SHADOWBOXING. It includes a text by Wendelien van Oldenborgh and interviews with Lis Rhodes and Rainer Ganahl. Issue Four/Five is edited by the graduating students on the MA Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, 2011 and is designed by James Langdon.

Studio cookbook, by Ken Kirton, is a collection of recipes from åbäke, Alex Bettler, Front yard company, Goodwin Harthorn, Jerome Rigaud, Martino Gamper, Mind Design, Sara de Bondt studio and many more, brought together to inspire social lunches at studios.

Precinct publishes books on art, design, writing, music and their allied activities. Precinct continues the work of its forerunner, For Further Information.
Heaven is Real: John Maus and the Truth of Pop by Adam Harper: John Maus is one of the most intriguing artists in the millennial wave of lo-fi pop, assembling his unique and intimate language from synth pop, disco, baroque classical and church music. Yet Maus’s work is much more than another exercise in retroist hybridity, and his overtures on truth and love are, upon further listening, no mere ironic posturing. Does Maus have something to teach us about arriving at the truth through personal musical expression, or is he on a doomed Romantic adventure? Has he really discovered Heaven – and can he take us there?

A CIRCULAR, Thursday 21 July, 6.30pm
SHADOWBOXING ISSUE 4/5, Friday 22 July, 6pm
STUDIO COOKBOOK, Saturday 23 July, 1pm
HEAVEN IS REAL, Wednesday 27 July, 7pm
X Marks the Bökship, London

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