Art and literature

This sixteen page book is titled ‘Alif, after the first letter and numeral of the Arabic language, which are both written with a single stroke. The book contains a series of love poems possibly written by the seventh century arab poet Abu Nuwas, to his contemporary, the alchemist Jabir Ibn Hayyan. The poems are said to be carried out by the poet according to rigorous parameters set by the alchemist.

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PublisherUntitled Radio2016
This program originally aired on WynwoodRadio.com, Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 4pm EST, live from the Untitled art fair in Miami Beach. — A young Asian woman’s life at Yale takes a dizzying turn when she meets Dolores—her doppelgänger—at a party. As they begin to merge into each other’s social and sexual worlds, it becomes impossible to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. When Dolores’ boyfriend and his twin brother enter into this pas de deux, identities and couplings spin off into a sinister and perverse web of illusions. Fantasian is Single White Female for the dawn of a ...

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PublisherUntitled Radio2015
This program originally aired on WynwoodRadio.com, Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 4pm EST, live from the Untitled art fair in Miami Beach. Today at Untitled, curator Catherine Taft will be reading from book 5 of the New Lovers series of new erotica fiction: Al Bedell’s “I Would Do Anything For Love.” Founded in 2010, Badlands Unlimited publishes e-books, paper books, and artist works in digital and print forms. Historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly. We publish and produce new works by artists and writers that embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution.    

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PublisherDia Art Foundation2016
Franz Erhard Walther should be far more widely known in the US than he is. Since the late 1950’s, he has developed a language around the activation of fabric-based sculptures, using them not in “performances” but in what he calls “demonstrations”. When being demonstrated, his objects are in their “handlungsform”, their active situation, and when functioning as static sculpture they are in their “lagerform”, their storage situation. Here, Walther demonstrates the “reading” of an edition of his Grosses Prozess-Buch (Large Process-Book), made in 1969 in conjunction with his First Work Set, a suite of fifty-eight usable sculptures made between 1963 ...

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Publishercontinent.2018
What is without a doubt, however, is that this “Letter from the Editors” is the place to express wholehearted gratitude to the artists and writers who worked on making the Palais des Beaux Arts Wien a real thing over the past four years, and just as much, to those whose contributions expanded the scope of this volume – each part of a magic circle beneath the institutional surface, an experiment in institutional forms and collaborative practices located at an unmarked street corner in Wien...

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… is a sequence of pages wherein the reader-as-exhibition-viewer learns, rather surprisingly—but with growing conviction—that the library is not only a curatorial space, but that its bibliological imaginary is also a fertile territory for the exploration of paginated affairs in the Anthropocene.

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PublisherMikrotext2016
The number of representatives of digital publishing that Berlin has attracted in recent years is astonishing. Their lingua franca is a code that can be understood anywhere you go and is used across the world: the e-book code. As part of the Stadtsprachen Festival, taking place in Berlin in November 2016 and funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, this reader look at what it is that constitutes this international digital voice. Four Berlin-based publisher-authors (Kathrin Passig of Techniktagebuch, Nikola Richter of mikrotext, Ansgar Warner of ebooknews, and Gregor Weichbrodt of 0x0a/Frohmann) share and discuss opinions, experiences, and challenges. In addition, four important ...

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PublisherThe Funambulist2013
This conversation is an interview I did with graphic novelist Marc-Antoine Mathieu for Chicago-based architectural journal MAS Context (Issue 20: Narrative). The interview was made in French as you will hear, but for the purpose of Archipelago, this version is dub with the English version given by Liduam Pong. Marc-Antoine and I speak about his fascination to design labyrinths in which he can loose his characters, his readers, and himself as well. We also evoke the specificity offered by this unique medium of the graphic novel, as well as the way third and fourth dimensions can be considered and imagined through this ...

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‘It doesn’t seem to me that anyone has discovered much that’s new since the Illiad or the Odyssey’ Raymond Queneau ‘The audience, which consisted largely of bikers, was unusually hostile, and Iggy, as usual, fed on that hostility, soaked it up and gave it back and absorbed it all over again in an eerie, frightening symbiosis. “All right,” he finally said, stopping a song in the middle, “you assholes wanta hear ‘Louie Louie’ we’ll give you ‘Louie, Louie.’” So the Stooges played a forty-five-minute version of ‘Louie Louie’” Lester Bangs Devised and presented by Dan Fox, words by Raymond Queneau Tracklisting: Louie Louie – Richard Berry ...

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PublisherBadlands Unlimited2015
New Lovers: Trilogy No. 1 is a collection of three erotic novellas published by Badlands Unlimited. Inspired by Maurice Girodias’ legendary Olympia Press, New Lovers features the raw and uncut writings of authors new to the erotica genre. Each story has its own unique take on relationships, intimacy, and sex, as well as the complexities that bedevil contemporary life and culture today. Each novella in the New Lovers series is an independent story of 12,000-18,000 words in length. This collection includes: How To Train Your Virgin by Wednesday Black The queen of a mythical realm realizes that her king now prefers the ...

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Publisher0x0a2014
Based on the novel “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac and Google Maps Direction Service. The exact and approximate spots Kerouac traveled and described are taken from the book and parsed by Google Direction Service API. The result is a huge direction instruction of 55 pages. The chapters match those of the original book. All in all, as Google shows, the journey takes 272.26 hours (for 17,527 miles). This book is part of the exhibitions Poetry Will Be Made By All! (Zürich, January 30 – March 30, 2014) and Print Error at Jeu de Paume (online exhibition).

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PublisherThe Funambulist2014
This conversation with Liduam Pong is primarily based on the essay she wrote for the first volume of the Funambulist Papers (Punctum Books, 2013). She was describing in it her experience growing up in Cuba where some books were considered as subversive and thus forbidden. This interdiction was followed by the creation of informal clandestine libraries for people to access these books. We therefore speak about the political power a book contains within a simple object, and attempt to understand this power through indirect political means, through the reading of Jorge Luis Borges’s literature and his quest of the infinite. Liduam ...

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PublisherJan Kaps2018
Science fiction auteur, paperback revolutionary, agile co-occupant of literary and art worlds, admirably independent mind Mark von Schlegell is an ideal curator-guide for the bizzarro world of nineteenth century American literature. The rift in history made in the writing of Poe, Emerson, Douglass, Dickinson, Melville, Hawthorne, Henry James et al, Schlegell identifies as a fictional machine through which literary worlds become possible words, then makes a Carrollian flip into the mirror, a splash into the glass, as Cocteau showed us in Orphée. Burroughs called it the “pre-recordings”—the deep code out of which reality is projected. Schlegell calls it the Realometer…

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Saraba publishes the finest emerging writers, with a bias for Nigeria, and Africa. In recent editions of the magazine, attention has also been given to the work of emerging visual artists, including photographers, illustrators, and visual artists in general.

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PublisherSaraba2009
When we remember Saraba‘s first outing in February this year, our minds abound with memories of novice, noble beginnings. We are wont to rejuvenate the passion through which the rough gem of our idea materialized into what some have referred to as a ―glorified color book.‖ Ordinarily if we could walk back through the corridors of time, we would leave the Family Issue intact. But with every issue, Saraba evolves and now it is with the quaint prospect of a first draft that we regard it. It‘s only logical that we rewrite a first draft. And re-issue it. Guest-edited by Jumoke ...

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PublisherSaraba2009
THE WAY to begin is on a tiny road with no traffic, no nothing, perhaps only a flicker of light at the end of the road. This is the summary of Saraba for this second issue, and one is tempted to end it there. We received fewer entries than the first, and we could not get a Guest Editor. Our box was almost as empty as we left it. That is why there is a very high tendency for us to get despondent end this all, easily, pocket our losses, and who can say anything? But Saraba deserves more than ...

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PublisherSaraba2009
It was in the hope of mystic possibilities and unimagined realities that this issue of Saraba was published, and again, it is a major triumph. This issue is a victory on many fronts—and fonts: there are more distinguished writers published, and the consequences are brilliantly wrought write-ups. And of course, as always, the Emerging outweigh the Established. Here at Saraba, we stay true to our creed. By giving each of our issue themes, we set out to exhaust these themes, and perhaps proffer new perspectives to our readers, of course after having resonated the obvious. With this Economy issue, Saraba is ...

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2009
Indeed it is a human endeavour to raise ambitions and enlarge conquests. In this regard, Saraba is human, and again, with this issue, seeks to take another step towards perfection. Saraba, with the unceasing enthusiasm of subscribers, is fast becoming an essential internet reading. It warms our hearts to throw yet another issue into your bags. This Issue, although lacks a focal theme, is a collagist exhibition of ideas, impressions and expressions. It would perhaps buttress the ―journalistic reputation‖ that is being bestowed on Saraba. But rather than be concerned with genre description, our mind is set on details, voices, experiences. Saraba ...

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PublisherSaraba2010
Now I can‘t precisely remember when I conceded to Agatha‘s impression of the Colloquium of New Writing. Perhaps it was after she made the statement, or earlier, when I walked into the programme venue to find the organizers to be fellow students, or later when a facilitator began his monologue on the death of Nigerian literature, on how our gathering that fateful day in September, 2008 was, in fact, a requiem of some sort, or much later when the grand finale event was a grim shadow lacking both the enthusiasm and impact of the opening day…

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PublisherSaraba2010
First a caveat: the story of the delta is tricky. One fraught with a rigmarole of details and bilious emotions, but must still be told nonetheless. We owe it to ourselves, to literature and, most of all, to humanity. And what is the best way to dispel this ambiguity: to begin by saying that the tale is rather a simple one. The details are numerous, disorganised, recurring. The Delta is the nexus of the Nigerian economy and the fulcrum of our existence. The Niger Delta is a gift as well as a curse, our plague as much as our pride. The game ...

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PublisherSaraba2010
Let’s imagine that God is to be traced with a golden crayon held in the shaky hands of an experienced infant. The infant asserts the moral cum spiritual right to tracing, and as Margaret Atwood once affirmed, God is a good listener. He doesn’t interrupt. In our case, he didn’t. There was tenacity in our vision for this Issue; if you wish, a tenaciousness. In attempting to define God, we came to the same conclusion as Gary Snyder, who wrote in relation to a poem, “The poem is seen from all sides, everywhere at once.” In this respect, God is seen ...

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PublisherSaraba2011
There is a certain way of perpetuating the discourse of food: relishing a meal while predetermining the next. This might be the subliminal rationale behind the Prequel Issue to the Food Issue, the culinary delight of hors d’oeuvre. This philosophy might as well promote gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins, but Temitayo Olo nlua’s piece pointedly asserts this behaviour as popular during the ghastly military era that beleaguered Nigeria a republic ago. And that our Food Issue is timely in re-ushering Muslim faithfuls from their stint with abstinence, the mi- lieu is primed to receive Saraba’s muse on food as ...

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PublisherSaraba2011
Because music is grey and sits on air, intangibility, neither here nor there. Because music is everything and yet ungraspable…

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PublisherSaraba2012
It is arguable that justice is as sweet as revenge, or even sweeter. Justice, after all, is civilized revenge meted with a communal consent. Humanity has a raving appetite for Justice. Nigeria, like many countries, is however starved of justice. Jus- tice cannot be found in the rusted lead-pipes of judicial bureau- cracy, in the cavernous courtrooms with termite-eaten wooden docks. Justice has retired from these places. Justice has relocat- ed to the jungle, to the hearts of hapless civilians, to the aggre- gation of market stalls, to rundown beer parlours and still, Justice is neither satis ed nor safe. Justice ...

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