The Happy Hypocrite Series
Speed & Reading
Third in the Happy Hypocrite series, Volatile Dispersal presents a complete reprint of A Great Books Prime: Essays on Liberal Education, the Uses of Reading, and the Rules of Reading, originally published by the Great Books Foundation, Chicago (1955). Seemingly useless when divorced from the complete series of Great Books, this numerous primer exists as both an archaic set of rules, and open-ended set of possibilities. In this spirit, the editing process happens outside the journal in the form of a parley-based art writing festival at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in August 2009, with new commissions selected from invitation and open submission.
For and About Experimental Art Writing
Experimental art writing is an exciting and challenging field. This new journal’s strength is in its editor: Belfast-born writer and lecturer Maria Fusco, the Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths College London and a regular contributor to international visual culture magazines such as ArtMonthly, Circa, Dot Dot Dot, Flash Art and i-D. This first issue includes an interview, a translation, and a short story, and works by writers and artists including Cosey Fanni Tutti, Douglas Coupland, Stewart Home, Andrea Mason, Clunie Reid, Gerard Byrne, Paolo Arao, Lisa Robertson, Farhad Ahrarnia, Nick Thurston, Giles Eldridge and Alexandre Singh.
The Happy Hypocrite is a biannual journal led by artists’ writings. Informed by a lineage of modern experimental and avant-garde magazines, such as: Bananas, Documents, The Fox, Merlin and Tracks, this journal aspires to unpack the methodology of such key journals, whilst providing a brand new approach to art writing. It will provide a greatly needed testing ground for new writing and research-based projects, somewhere for artists, writers and theorists to express experimental ideas that might not otherwise be realized or published. In this issue bodies of new writing present techniques of collage, found text and image, interspersed with appropriated writing. Contributors include: ArtstrA/Barbara Reise Archives, Steve Beard, Susanne Clausen, Marie Darrieussecq, Brian Dillon, Andrew Dodds, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gabriel Lester, Jo Melvin, Rashanna Rashied-Walker, Lisa Robertson, Andrew Shelley, Nick Thurston and Lynne Tillman.
A Rather Large Weapon
Featured in this provocatively titled fourth issue of the always intriguing Happy Hypocrite are clever stories, images, a blackboard, an interview, surveillance photos, heroes, and photos of the pages of the notorious Canadian Indian Act of 1867 blasted with a Lee Enfield 308 sniper’s rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun by Native American artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptan. A biannual journal featuring writing by artists, The Happy Hypocrite is informed by a lineage of modern experimental and avant-garde magazines. “Necessity is pressing and pressing hard,” proclaims the last page. Contributors include Bernadette Buckley, Jeff Derksen, Candice Hopkins, Anthony Iles, Daniel Kane, Yve Lomax, Robert Longo, Sean Lynch, Laura Oldfield Ford, Luke Pendrell, Rachelle Sawatsky, Mark von Schlegell, Natasha Soobramanien and Nick Thurston.
What am I? Roland Barthes. As if. Garbed in a sequence of paradigmatic structures such as the joke, the notebook, the novel and the script, this latest issue of the ever-engrossing, ever-puzzling Happy Hypocrite offers a range of contributions that defy the innate obsolescence of classification through their embrace of poetic analysis. Drawing theme and method from a new translation of Barthes’s essay The Preparation of the Novel, which starts ‘…as if I was going to write one,’ contributors include Chris Kraus, Beatrice Gibson, Seth Price, Antonia Hirsch, a new translation of Roland Barthes, and a reprint from The Plebs, What Am I? is not quite what it looks, but the ever-intrepid Book Works decided to publish anyway.
The latest in The Happy Hypocrite series, Fresh Hell is a rush of full-bleed film stills, war-games images, oil industry pamphlets and sexually explicit female imagery interspersed with interviews, illustrated stories and provocative writings addressing directly and indirectly the subject of oil. Guest editor Qatari-American artist/writer Sophia Al-Maria’s archiving acts as a sort of proto-Tumblr. Adopting an exploded intake methodology, this issue offers a hoarding, brutally accelerative approach that suggests that reading, too, is an unsustainable activity. A substantial interview with science fiction writer William Gibson by Al-Maria, and contributions by several international artists including New Zealand installation artist Judy Darragh, Cairo artist/curator Omar Kholeif and London-based artist/writer Francesco Pedraglio, among others, complete the book. Al-Maria authored The Girl Who Fell to Earth (HarperCollins) and participated in New Museum Triennial 2015. Her first solo show will be at the Whitney Museum in 2016.
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