The excellent new Comics Unmasked exhibition at the British Library contains work by two SAP artists, Savage Pencil, author of Trip or Squeek’s Big Amplifier, and Alexander Tucker, artist of the Andromeon postcard set. The Influencing Machine author Mike Jay also has some early writing on display.
There are numerous special events and guests scheduled for the exhibition, and as part of these, on Friday 16 May, Mark Pilkington will also be leading tours of the exhibition’s collection of magical texts and artworks, including material from Dr John Dee, Aleister Crowley and Freida Harris. More details to follow.
Arts Catalyst and Strange Attractor present:
The Living World: Animism in the 21st Century
9 July 2013, 7pm onwards
The Arts Catalyst
50-54 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5PS
£4 plus booking fee [book tickets here]
How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive?
Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life.
In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis will read with a live modular synthesiser accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul.
Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey’s exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis’ work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.
Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.
The Asterism is the solo musical project of author and Strange Attractor Press founder Mark Pilkington.
SAP present two new fine art prints from the work of Austin Osman Spare, presented in collaboration with artist and musician Ossian Brown.
Effloration (above left) is a stunning and vibrant magical pastel originally exhibited, as was customary for Spare, in two South London pubs – the Mansion House Tavern in 1952 and The White Bear in 1953.
Mask (above right) is one of a number created by Spare in the early 1930s, and shows off his own idiosyncratic take on the Art Deco style to fine effect.
Each Giclée print is presented on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper and produced to archival standards. Prints are hand-numbered, blind-embossed with an ‘AOS’ signature, and come with a certificate of provenance.
Available only from Strange Attractor Shoppe
To celebrate 6 years of Electric Sheep magazine, for February we’re offering their anthology, The End, for only £9.99.
‘Refreshing and original’ say Frieze magazine.
‘Electric Sheep is idiosyncratic, ‘intelligent, informed and it really knows and cares about cinema. Long may it prosper.’ The Wire
Get it here!
The book features entirely new and exclusive written and visual material from contributors including:
Jim Harper (Flowers from Hell: The Modern Japanese Horror Film)
Greg Klymkiw (producer of Guy Maddin’s Careful)
Frances Morgan (former editor of Plan B Magazine)
James Rose (Beyond Hammer: Contemporary British Horror Cinema)
Jack Sargeant (Deathtrippping: The Extreme Underground)
Get it here!
As a taster for Ken Holling’s forthcoming book from SAP, Bright Labyrinth, you can now revisit Ken’s BBC Radio 3 series Requiem for Networks, broadcast in March 2011.
Ken looks at the Victorian roots of contemporary network technology, the militarisation of the network, our relationship to computers and other inanimate objects, and the meaning of the cloud.
Here’s a somewhat revised publishing schedule for SAP.
Some titles are being put back to early next year due to mysterious ‘forces beyond our control’.
Our apologies for the delays, but we know they’ll be worth the wait and why not order some of our other amazing books while you prepare yourselves for our forthcoming titles?
Savage Pencil presentsTrip or Squeek’s Big Amplifier – available now!
Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared: Christopher fowler – mid November
Vulcanic Tryst: Brian Catling & Iain Sinclair – January 2013
Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters with Music – January 2013
England’s Hidden Reverse: David Keenan (revised and updated edition) – Spring 2013
Breaking Convention: A Psychedelics & Consciousness Anthology – Spring 2013
And many more to be announced early in 2013…
Savage Pencil Presents Trip Or Squeek’s Big Ampiflier is now available from Strange Attractor Press – buy it here in signed and special editions, and receive a free postcard set.
And here’s Savage Pencil signing copies at the excellent Supersonic Festival 2012
Trip or Squeek artist and comix legend Savage Pencil, aka Edwin Pouncey, will be appearing at this year’s Supersonic festival in Birmingham on Saturday, 20 October. Edwin will be interviewed by The Wire‘s Frances Morgan about Trip or Squeek and his life in art and music.
Copies of the book, along with exclusive postcard sets, will be on sale and SavX will be signing copies.
Strange Attractor will be sharing a stall with The Wire magazine in the Supersonic dealer area, so do come and say hi!
The Influencing Machine author Mike Jay spoke to the Butcher’s Apron radio show about the visionary madness of James Tilly Matthews and its relationship to the idea of ‘the Game’.
Butcher’s Apron also talks to ‘London’s coolest hula-hooper, Marawa the Amazing; take a tour around the UK’s first super casino; and have the privilege of an exclusive interview with the elusive Kit Williams, creator of The Masquerade, to hear about the game of a lifetime.’
You can listen in directly here:
or download the whole episode here:
The first monograph of Cathy Ward’s incredible Liberty Realm artworks, as featured in Strange Attractor Journal One, is now available as a beautiful, signed and numbered edition of 23 copies.
Measuring 25cm x 21cm, this edition features 23 hand-tipped plates on heavy dark grey stock all encased in a cloth-bound, stamped cover.
Larger plates fold out to a generous size and are printed on archival heavy art stock, each plate is the same quality and otherwise identical to a framed print. The volume also features an essay by art historian Dr Robert Wallis that provides insight and context to the work.
You can explore the book further at the Liberty Realm site.