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XAUDIO: Expressionless Sirens
Interviews with artists on board a boat about their books

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"Are you not blinded by such expressionless sirens? This is the silence of astounded souls".
Crossing the Water, Sylvia Plath 

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X Marks the Bökship in conversation with Patrick Goddard about Operation Paperclip.
Recorded in a rowing boat on the Regents Canal. (12 minutes)

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'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

Operation Paperclip
By Patrick Goddard
Self Published 2014
Graphic Novel
96 pages, Edition of 500
£8

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X Marks the Bökship in conversaaion with Laure Prouvost about The Artist Book.

Recorded in a rowing boat in Victoria Park. (14 Minutes)

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‘...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?
Laure Prouvost explores the processes of narrative, translation and reflection, and the substantial mis-communications, cultural slippages, inventive opportunities and transformations inherent to these processes.

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
By Laure Provost
Published by Book Works, 2013
Artists' book with biography, early works and images of works and films
296 pages, edition of 1000
£20

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X Marks the Bökship in conversation with Pil and Galia Kollectiv and Elena Poughia about DIALOGOS.
Recorded in a rowing boat in Victoria Park. (9 minutes)

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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
By Elena Poughia
Self Published July 2014
Interview and original collage sketches
26 pages, edition of 200
£4

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