XAUDIO: Expressionless Sirens
X Marks the Bökship in conversation with Patrick Goddard about Operation Paperclip.
'Operation Paperclip' is a hand-drawn graphic novel about identity politics, free will and anacho-individualism. The black comedy is an awkward mash up of verbi-visual forms. Its anti-authoritarian attitude and persistent confrontation with the past, references the political and aesthetic languages of protest and propaganda.
'In the wake of recent mutations, fascism’s past continues to fascinate. Not that Operation Paperclip aims for ecstasy; it invokes and then inhabits a Nazi history – one that hovers between the imaginary and untold – for a more problematic, but no less tortured satisfaction. It enacts a sort of détournement, first by hijacking the past and second by hijacking a form. Here the teen coming of age narrative – a comic book staple – is flipped on its head. There are no mutant spider bites or lab experiments gone wrong; the hero of Operation Paperclip has genes that harbour a different secret. Our Superman isn’t an alien child; he’s the clone of Hitler.' Naomi Pearce
‘...this page is super slow and frustrating it's really hard to turn it; this page is so slimly; this is the wrong page; this page is so heavy.’
What is it to make an artist book about oneself? To construct a biography in which the formal structures and chapter divisions develop a narrative, into which the self dissolves?
The Artist Book includes multi-voiced biographies by anonymous contributors, that combine illustrated fantasies, anecdotes and vignettes of the artist, alongside collages of the artist’s studio, personal communications and a film on paper. These and other sections demonstrate Prouvost’s peculiar and complex navigation of influence, humour, art history and methodologies that informs her idiosyncratic language. Insistent gesticulations and perceptual cues guide the reader’s attention and transmit information, as the subject, or narrator, merges with the book itself.
The Artist Book
X Marks the Bökship in conversation with Pil and Galia Kollectiv and Elena Poughia about DIALOGOS.
DIALOGOS issue #2 is a printed interview between Greek publisher Elena Poughia and Pil and Galia Kollectiv, two London based artists, writers and curators who work in collaboration. Their work addresses the legacy of modernism. They are interested in the relationship between art and politics, and the role irony and belief play in its current articulation.
DIALOGOS. In Conversation with Pil and Galia Kollectiv