Announcing the commissions from the Arrhythmia open call
Book Works and Katrina Palmer are delighted to announce four new commissions for the Arrhythmia series, following an open call in 2021 which received over 200 submissions.
Guest-edited by artist Katrina Palmer, Arrhythmia is a new series that offers an opportunity for artists and writers whose work explores ideas of being out of joint with the predominant social order, whether through disrupted trajectories, physical displacement, or political dissonance. We were particularly interested in experimental work that articulates a discontinuous sense of identity, and writing, or the combination of writing and images in which the rhythm of the text is self-consciously questioned. Congratulations to the commissioned artists and we look forward to working with you.
The commissioned artists are:
Kamwangi Njue is a multidisciplinary artist working in sonic and textual ways. He has released poems and texts, features and fictions // developed, participated, and delivered a range of collaborative projects and events including performances, shows, exhibitions, texts, and readings.
Andrew E. Colarusso is author of The Sovereign, Creance; or Comest Thou Cosmic Nazarite, Souvenirs, and Hívado. He was editor-in-chief of The Broome Street Review, an arts and literature journal that ran from 2009 – 2017.
Roy Claire Potter works between performance and experimental art writing with recent work commissioned by Tate Britain and Tate Publishing, Reduced Listening for BBC Radio 3, Cafe OTO and Counterflows, and Primary. They are Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University. royclairepotter.net
Alice Walter is an artist, writer and medium – living and working in the UK. She has a BA in Fine Art, Film and Video from Central Saint Martins, UAL and a MFA from The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. Her practice combines collage, psychosexual sculpture, VHS and shamanism. Through these disciplines, Alice creates surreal and sensory spaces that open channels for the unseen. www.alicewalter.info / www.alicewalter.co.uk
Series editor Katrina Palmer is an artist who works with writing, or writing-like activity and related forms. Among her exhibitions and publications are Hello (England’s Creative Coast, 2021); The Coffin Jump (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 14-18NOW, 2018); The Necropolitan Line (Henry Moore Institute, 2015); End Matter (Artangel, BBC Radio 4, Book Works, 2015) ; The Dark Object (Book Works, 2010). Palmer received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists (2014). Her next exhibition is What’s Already Going On (Mead Gallery, 2023). https://katrinapalmerartist.com
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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.
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