For its contribution to INVITATION ONLY at SIDESHOW, on Saturday October 30, VerySmallKitchen presents WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS KEEPING IT MOVING, a one day exhibition in response to a proposition within an artists book fair within an arts festival in Nottingham within unfolding networks of new, ongoing and potential collaborations and exchanges.
Featuring: Jonathan Jones/ The Sticky Pages Press, thwart; Pippa Koszerek, Top 100 and Spoiler(Glossary); C S Leigh, Syntax (London, New York and Tokyo versions); Achim Lengerer, SCRIPTINGS; Jill Magi, SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS; Tamarin Norwood, Homologue and DO SOMETHING; Onomatopee, A Task for Poetry 1-3; seekers of lice, LOUSE FACTORY, QUOT and dumb show; Red Fox Press, C’est Mon Dada and Franticham’s Assembling Box.
In relation to the notion of invitation, VerySmallKitchen has seen the context of INVITATION ONLY as a chance to showcase and develop ongoing collaborations and exchanges; to bring together areas of its work previously separate; and to instigate new dialogues and exchanges through the particular context of SIDESHOW.
As part of this process, the time span of WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS KEEPING IT MOVING will also see the completion and launch of THE COMPLETE BULLETINS of THE DEPARTMENT OF MICRO-POETICS SEP-OCT 2010, whose contributors include, amongst others, all the co-authors of INVITATION ONLY (Emma Cocker, Rachel Lois Clapham and Marit Muenzberg).
Picking up on a number of recent collaborations and dialogues between the three of us (in varying combinations), we have described INVITATION ONLY as follows:
Invitation Only brings together a series of book works, pamphlets, readers, scores … that operate at the level of the invitational, instructional or propositional, as potential provocations or departure points prompting future action or enquiry. For the Sideshow Book Fair these works are invitations they ask be to be pursued, used and engaged with as part of the live event itself.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS KEEPING IT MOVING is followed R.S.V.P, a talk/ event on invitational text with presentations by Emma Cocker and David Berridge, and a first performance of Achim Lengerer’s MODELS FOR REHEARSING THE SCRIPT, a score for a talk about the project which will be interpreted by David Berridge.
Achim describes the SCRIPTINGS project as follows:
SCRIPTINGS functions as a discursive platform parallel and additional to Achim Lengerer’s solo-projects. Artists, writers, graphic-designers, performers as well as publishers are invited – all of which are working with the formats of “script” and “text” within their processes of production. The use of “script” or “text” does not necessarily head towards the final production of printed matters, but might result in the production of a movie, performance or object generated through processes of reading, writing or verbal utterance. The presentations consist of live events (talk, discussion, reading, display, performance) as well as the instant publishing of the magazine SCRIPTINGS, which contains textual and visual materials provided by the participants.
Both events take place at 1 Thoresby Street, Nottingham, NG1 1AJ. See map here.