One Break, A Thousand Blows!
Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie
Using pornographic spam emails, and replacing the generic ‘he’ and ‘she’ with the names of leading feminist artists, this sort-of-novel reveals the un-nameable desires of the art world, projected through the aspirant culture of London’s curatorial elite. With walk-on parts by Martha Rosler, Sam Taylor Wood and Tracey Emin, sensational lost Belle de Jour transcripts, and missives from the underbelly of the blogosphere, artist/filmmaker Stewart Home’s work reads like the SCUM manifesto remixed by The Bomb Squad. When the publisher rushed this to Malcolm McLaren for a deathbed blurb, legend has it his final croak was, “Feminism with balls.” Home’s writings include 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess, Tainted Love, and Memphis Underground. From 2007-10, he was the commissioning editor of Semina, a series of acclaimed experimental novels.
HOE #999 Decennial Appreciation and Celebratory Analysis
High on teenage rebellion and Thunderbird wine, the Hogs of Entropy (HOE) released over 1,000 text files – an electronic version of paper zines – and inadvertently proved that the brain capacity of the average American teenager is on par with Neanderthal man. To a soundtrack of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Wu Tang Clan and The Misfits, prime conspirator Jarett Kobek practiced a shamanistic exorcism of American culture. In this book, Kobek attempts a tripped-out transformation of his adolescent texts. Outsourcing all critical meditation to an Asian essay farm and interweaving this work-for-hire meta-text alongside editorial dialogue and excerpts from the original, he reloads and jacks up his anti-authorial intent for a newer, even stupider millennium.
The Dark Object
This volume of interrelated yet self-contained short stories is set in an art school in which a paranoid, conceptual ideology has prohibited the making of objects. One student remains: isolated and battling with institutional directives and solitary confinement, Addison Cole writes stories. These narrate a series of explicit encounters with texts, objects and artists, reducing characters to their pornographic effect. Imagine Slavojzizek as an impotent sexual metaphor or Hegel as a skeletal specter. London-based author Katrina Palmer explores the tension between the restraint of narrative form and the explosion of ontic instability. The aim is not to subsume fantasy into the everyday, but rather demonstrate that everything is real and the everyday is fantastical.
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