Our Book of the Month for September, with 30% off all month, is UR… A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning by Marcus Coates.
Using a series of exercises and increasingly in depth ‘trips’, this book sets out clear and concise steps to enable individuals and groups to access their imagination and unconscious reason, to work on behalf of others. Using a series of exercises such as ‘Becoming a Bat’, ‘Crawling’, ‘Draw a Sound’ and ‘Impersonating a Human’, Marcus Coates has developed his own practical techniques to solve problems that we might otherwise remain dumbfounded by.
Illustrated throughout with Coates’ own drawings, the text is both beguiling and funny – though intentionally serious.
The Directors, a major new Artangel commission, has just opened in London, consisting of five films made in collaboration between Marcus Coates and five individuals in recovery from different lived experiences of psychosis. Find out more here.
Shy Radicals film premieres on Nowness
‘As commander-in-chief of the introvert resistance, Hamja is on a never-ending tour to overthrow Extrovert Supremacy. This film is just the beginning.’ – Tom Dream
A new film by Tom Dream, inspired by Hamja Ahsan’s book, Shy Radicals, is premiering on Nowness this week.
From Nowness: ‘In his book, Hamja Ahsan has not simply created an artwork, he has created a world that blurs the boundaries between creator and creation, between real life and the life of the imagination, between reality and imagined fiction in which he is a leading character. The documentary follows Hamja as he deals with the trauma and despair of his brother’s extradition case, whilst travelling the world inspiring and educating others through creativity and activism.
The film, which has been touring the festival circuit, features Brit Award-winning artist Arlo Parks performing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’. The cover, first suggested by Tom for the film, was released by Arlo and includes a video taken from the film. Tom’s frequent collaborator, Art School Girlfriend also performs in the short.’
23 September 2022, 6.30pm The Photographers’ Gallery 16-18 Ramillies Street London, W1F 7LW Free
Join artist Mahmoud Khaled and designer Marwan Kaabour as they discuss their collaboration on the new artist book Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost it, co-published by Book Works and The Mosaic Rooms to accompany Mahmoud Khaled’s first UK solo exhibition of the same name.
Drawn from an unlocked phone, found in a public toilet, the images and texts present a portrait of a stranger. Moving between the erotic, intimate, baroque and everyday, the compulsive sequence of images references the dissonant and voyeuristic experience of scrolling through social media and swiping in dating apps, and the clash of hyper-capitalist forces of productivity and technology with the intimacy of a queer male gaze.
This event is presented in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery.
Sophie Collins & Rosa-Johan Uddoh event at Good Press, Glasgow
24 September 2022, 6.30–8pm
32 St. Andrews St
Glasgow G1 5PD Free
Good Press and Book Works present an event with Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Sophie Collins to launch two new Book Works publications.
Rosa is an interdisciplinary artist and the author of Practice Makes Perfect, a new book which explores the production and performance of Black British identity through a range of figures and subjects such as the newsreader Moira Stuart; Beyoncé; the Black Madonna; Meghan Markle; Una Marson (a British-Jamaican activist, presenter and poet, and the first Black BBC radio producer in 1942); and Hercule Poirot (played in Uddoh’s reworking of the Agatha Christie classic, by the Martiniquan philosopher and poet, Édouard Glissant). Comprising of experimental texts, performance scripts, lyrics, stories and stickers, Practice Makes Perfect plays with form and register, to create a wide-ranging and original exploration of what it is to be Black and British today.
Sophie Collins is a poet, writer and translator and the author of small white monkeys: on self-expression, self-help and shame. Based on Glasgow Women’s Library’s collections, small white monkeys is a fragmented essay, including poems and images, on self-expression, self-help and shame, based on research into the Glasgow Women’s Library’s collections. The book examines the author’s relationship with shame through a series of short studies on, amongst other things, cats, hair as a metonym for the self in poetry and fiction, and perceptions of sexual violence. It is published in a second edition by Book Works in 2022.
Both authors will read from their work, followed by a conversation around artist publishing, and their writing/research practices, in which they both use various forms of practical and ‘live’ research as the basis for texts.
Book Works is a leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books.
Established in 1984, we are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples.
The Book Works Studio offers a specialist bespoke service for a range of clients, from artists, designers, galleries, and businesses. We provide binding solutions, develop prototypes and specialise in unique book artworks, boxes, and portfolios. We have an extensive archive, and offer tailored educational events, and bookbinding courses. The Studio generates income from clients and is self-sufficient.
Book Works Publishing is dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists. Our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects and include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an online archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops.
Our audience is vital to our work. The process of engaging and developing our audience is initiated with our commissioning programme, and driven through all aspects of our activities, particularly our public programme of events, our workshops, artists’ surgeries and education activities, and through our interest in collaborating with other organisations and libraries. Our programme of commissions is diverse, and reflects our commitment not just to work with cultural workers from all backgrounds, but to invest in networks and programmes that engage, and develop and create new artistic voices.
Include new projects with: Phyllis Christopher; Francesco Pedraglio; Sarah Tripp; Praneet Soi; Stuart Brisley; Nina Wakeford and Art on the Underground; Erica Scourti; Sophia Al-Maria; Bouchra Khalili; Laure Prouvost; Stephen Sutcliffe; Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan; Contact – a series guest edited by Hannah Black with Hamishi Farah, Momtaza Mehri and Derica Shields; and Interstices, a fiction series edited by Bridget Penney with Harun Morrison, Diana Georgiou and Licorice by Bridget Penney.
By supporting Book Works you will help support artists and writers at the emerging stage of their careers through our diverse commissioning programme of open submissions, guest editorships, public events, exhibitions and publications.
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We have a board of trustees who input their range of diverse expertise and interests into our development:
Teresa Drace-Francis (Chair)
Gerrie van Noord