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X Marks the Bökship's new location is at Matt’s Gallery opening a small bookshop and project space in the gallery foyer. The Bökship will be open Wednesday - Sunday and evenings throughout the autumn REVOLVER II exhibition.

Revolver II. Part 1: Impart
Private View Sunday 7 September, 2 - 5pm

Deirdre O'Dwyer
Lizzie Hughes
Danh Võ
Lucia Nogueira

REVOLVER II comprises a fast-paced three-part series of group exhibitions to investigate the manifestation of knowledge in relation to artists who work with or reference text and publishing. All selected works over the series of the three parts combine to create a dialogue exploring the conditions in which a concept or object can manifest as knowledge within the human mind and what constitutes as uncertainty or ‘unknowing’.

REVOLVER II is a curatorial collaboration between Robin Klassnik and Professor Michael Newman. REVOLVER II 10 September–14 December 2014


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Wednesday 10 September, 7pm
‘I’ve never read her’ book club reading: 
Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli
Published by Granta Books, 2012

For September 2014 we will be reading Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli.

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. Her novels and essays have been widely translated and work has been published in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Review, Granta, and Internazionale. Faces in the Crowd is her first novel.

Faces in the Crowd interweaves the stories of a young mother taking care of her children in Mexico City; a younger translator living in Harlem and occasionally sleeping in other people’s apartments; and, several decades before, the letters and thoughts of the poet Gilberto Owen living in Philadelphia and travelling up to New York City to see his children and ex-wife. Each strand is told in the first person, and the three voices entwine and blur. Owen sees a young woman in a red coat through the window of a subway car, which echoes another narrator’s red coat. It’s never entirely clear if the young translator is a younger version of the mother in New Mexico, or someone leading a parallel life. And increasingly, the paragraph-long sections can’t be easily attributed to one narrator or another. All three speakers merge into a nuanced chorus of wishes and regrets, visions and hopes.

I’VE NEVER READ HER is a book club based in East London.  We read short fiction & essays by women, every second Wednesday of the month. Bring a bottle (or not) and your thoughts. Everybody is welcome. We also host screenings and events around the texts that we read. http://iveneverreadher.wordpress.com/

Wednesday 8 October, 7pm
Sophia al Maria - The Girl Who Fell to Earth

Wednesday 12 November
Hito Steyrl - In Defense of Poor Image

Wednesday 10 December, 7pm
Caryl Churchill - Cloud 9



Publication as Practice II
A short course on concepts of artists’ publications

This talk series by artists, writers, designers and publishers covers a range of concepts and approaches to artist books and experimental publishing. Speakers include Simon Morris (Information as Material), James Langdon, Nicole Bachmann & Ruth Beale (Performance as Publishing), FormContent, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Sophie Demay & Charlotte Cheetham. (Open Books)
Events take place on Wednesday evenings between September - December 2014. FREE.
Wednesday 17 September 2014, 7pm
# 1: Learn to Read Differently 
Simon Morris
Talk starts at 7.15pm

Simon Morris examines the relationship between reading and art. He proposes a new method of making art via conceptualist reading performances. This method grafts the aesthetic legacy of Conceptual Art on to various notions of writing (from literary composition to data management) in order to produce materially-specific poems as artworks that have in some way re-read a found object. This is an art of reading things differently. It starts from a premise proved by the impossibility of making purely conceptual art: that art is always aesthetical and conceptual. To that it couples an obsession with language as both material signifier and social activity. In doing so it establishes a mode of making art that asks: What could we write if reading could be a materially productive act of making art? How might a certain kind of reading-as-making problematise the understandings of authorship, production and reproduction ensconced in our cultural industries? Morris’ work celebrates reading differently as a praxis of exploring the elsewhere of what languages and their users can mean and do. Morris is committed to working collaboratively and against all-too-certain counter-productive divisions between contemporary art and contemporary literature. In his presentation, Morris will examine four of his experimental bookworks.

Simon Morris (b.1968) is a conceptual writer and teacher. He is a Reader in Fine Art at the University of Teesside in the UK. His work appears in the form of exhibitions, publications, installations, films, actions and texts which all revolve around the form of the book and often involve collaborations with people from the fields of art, creative technology, literature and psychoanalysis. In 2002, he founded the publishing imprint information as material. He is the author of numerous experimental books, including; Bibliomania (1998); The Royal Road to the Unconscious (2003); Re-Writing Freud (2005); Getting Inside Jack Kerouac’s Head (2010); and Pigeon Reader (2012). He is an occasional curator and a regular lecturer on contemporary art and also directed the documentary films sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmith (2007) and making nothing happen: Pavel Büchler (2010).

Publication as Practice: http://bokship.org/pap.html


Saturday 27 September 2014, 6 – 9pm
Launch of X-Operative Book
Published by X Marks the Bökship
Performance: Lets Build Our Own Tomb by Keef Winter

The title of this book X-Operative is taken from an essay by Ksenia Cheinman, who uses the term to describe common places where the cultural space becomes creative, productive, commercial, domestic, and educational all at once. This idea was used as the blueprint for an exhibition about X Marks the Bökship at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge in 2013. This book documents the X-Operative exhibition and extends the ideas broadly covering the multi operations of independent bookshop X Marks the Bökship: reading & writing, production, performance, distribution and exchange. Contributions include: Adam Burton’s text Some Problems of Distribution for Independent Publishers and Independent Booksellers, new writing by Bökship writer’s-in-residence Rory Macbeth and Rebecca Jagoe, World Brain by Lucy Woodhouse, X-enos. Uncommon Commons by Ksenia Cheinman and works by Sophie Demay, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Keef Winter, Jessica Wiesner and Melissa Gordon.


'These spaces that merge production and distribution spaces into one in a capitalist system become community hubs known for their local engagement yet international reach. It is in this sense that they become a unique set of Uncommon Commons where unlikely facilities meet, often combining bookshop and library/reading room spaces, exhibitions and communal food venues, music events and theoretical courses. They are not community centres as far as their mandate goes, neither do they try to please the general public, but they are community spaces where everyone is welcome to become part of a metacommunity in the form of an XOp.'

Extract from X-enos. Uncommon Commons by Ksenia Cheinman 


O C T O B E R 2014

Sunday 26 October 2014, 4 – 7pm
Book launch of ‘Where Is That Light Now’? 
By Paul O’ Kane
Published by eeodo

Where Is That Light Now? collects three short, illustrated pieces from the archive of artist, writer and lecturer Paul O’Kane. Photography as art is explored here through a personal mode of literary memoir. The pieces are distinct, drawn from different stages of a career but cultivate a subtle intra-textuality. A search for a consistent perspective on a life as an artist occasionally encounters Asian thought. The writing comes to question established contexts for art and proposes an alternative - art as a personal vocation or 'way'.

eeodo is a fledgling publisher making artist’s books. While supporting invention and speculation we are committed to developing a broad audience and promoting the idea that art, whilst innovative and esoteric is also an everyday human exchange



XAUDIO: Expressionless Sirens
A series of interviews with artists and authors on board a rowing boat

# 1: X Marks the Bökship in conversation with Pil and Galia Kollectiv and Elena Poughia on her zine DIALOGOS.

DIALOGOS. is a bimonthly zine that nourishes discussions and collaborations between artists and curators. It is a self-funded, “do-it-yourself” project that inaugurated in February 2014. Each issue is exploring a different thematic according to artists’ form of collaboration and individual practices.

Listen here: http://bokship.org/expressionlesssirens.html


Recent Events

Saturday 21 June 2014, 7 – 9pm
Launch of Operation Paperclip by Patrick Goddard

The first trailer event for REVOLVER II is the book launch of Operation Paperclip is the debut graphic novel by artist Patrick Goddard, a self published black comedy about identity politics, free will and anarcho-individualism. The novel will be launched with a commissioned text by Naomi Pearce and a debut of a new performance work by Goddard.


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Sunday 6 July 2014, 4 – 8pm
Unsettled By And Open To
Shady Dealings with Language, London


Unsettled By and Open To gestures toward research led arts practice and celebrates the emergent, unexpected and the unruly by inviting presentations from artist writers; Emma Bolland, Neil Chapman, Linda Stupart and Nathan Walker.

In Pure Means, Yve Lomax considers the moment an action is somehow interrupted and the possibility of experiencing pure means arises – the very gesture of gesture. To illustrate, Lomax invites the reader to imagine an actor whose acting is doing everything to show the means of acting, and moreover, to show it is the means that are being shown. Pure Means demonstrates and explores these philosophical potentials through a poetry of terminology, ideas of subjectification and forms of government, and the figure of the author. 

We too want our effect and affect tight together. We seek a writing that affirms the affective, the somatic, while accounting for the analytic; a writing that moves toward a true politic.

Through a focused Sunday afternoon session of newly commissioned works and presentations, we invite you to make room for durational speech works, demonstrations and embodied critiques, installations of text and image, talks, discussions, food and drink.


Thursday 14 August 2014, 6.30 - 8.30pm

The event will feature a live performance by the artist Tom Barnett. 

For his live performances the artist TOM BARNETT adopts the persona of COLDEN DRYSTONE. Incorporating the recital of poetry and found texts (in this case drawn from the content of The White Review), Dada-esque sound pieces of the artist's own composition and patterns of repetition and feedback created on guitar, drum, radio, a live internet feed, vocals and a loop pedal, the works accumulate rhythms and repetitions from which emerge patterns of sound and language. In the course of these live actions he applies nails, spray-paints and clay to a wooden board, which survives the event as an abstract documentation of the event. The performance will last around 20 minutes, and begin at 7.30pm. 


X Marks the Bökship
^ Matt’s Gallery
42 – 44 Copperfield Road
Mile End
London E3 4RR


Other News

The XARCHIVE is in Arnhem, NL
June - October 2014


The XARCHIVE is collection of books that were launched at X Marks the Bokship between 2008 – 2014. They have been lent to the library at Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem, NL. http://www.werkplaatstypografie.org