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Aug 292018
 
MUNGO THOMSON, Font Study (TIME), 2011 [artist's book]

Mungo Thompson: ‘The idea that it’s a standard-bearer is probably the reason—it’s “The world’s leading weekly newsmagazine.” I’m drawn to things that have accumulated some consensus, some cultural agreement that lends them an ease of reference. Something has to be familiar before you can attempt to defamiliarize it. At the same time I’m very interested in Heidegger’s concept of “the distance of the near”—the way we stop seeing common things.’

Aug 282018
 
BRUD / ADITYIA MANDAYAM, The Ooze, 2018 [book]

Usually so-called artist’s books with texts by others than the artist involved are expelled from The Archive is Limited. This book invites to make an exception. “The Ooze” contains 49 pages of the 144 that have been written by Aditya Mandayam. The front and back of the cover show drawings by the artist. “The Ooze” gives an insight in the thinking of Brud, but foremost these texts are based on opaque statements. This book has been categorised by The Archive is Limited both as “artist’s book” and “printed matter” for these reasons.

Interview and texts by Aditya Mandayam, an anonymus text, Chris Fitzpatrick, Andrea Liu, Michal Novotny and Kees van Gelder.

Aug 262018
 
ULISES CARRIÓN, The Muxlows, 1978 [artist's book]

‘The Muxlows’ is the history of an English family from Yorkshire. I found it in 1972, in the city of Leeds, in the last pages of a badly damaged bible. U.C. Text by Ulises Carrión on fly leave.
This book is a dry list of names that goes back to 1835 when Thomas Muxlow was born. The first page of the book starts with this genealogical fact. In the first chapter “Parents names” mention birth and death. It is followed by chapters “Childrens names”, “Marriages” and “Other family events” listing no more than time of birth and death. In this way a family story is told as a drama, i.e. family members come and go. Again with this book Carrión’s shows his strong affinity with the method of archival order to set out a story similar to writing a novel.

Aug 252018
 
ULISES CARRIÓN, Dancing With You, 1973 [artist's book]

In the books Ulises Carrión has made, lists are one of his favorite methods to give structure to what is aid and shown; archival order, sequence, the experience of time, etc. In his book “Dancing with You” he has made a kind of ode to someone he likes dancing with. The musical scores on the cover and a list with poem-like descriptions of each classical dance makes the book into joyful combination of rhythm, language and music.