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The Coelacanth Press, so named after the Prehistoric fish with a prototype human heart that was thought to be extinct, but then rediscovered under a ledge in the South-Seas, was founded in 2008 as a publisher, research methodology and collective happening. The Coelacanth Press collates both new and established practitioners from different fields, with the intention of creating new publications, works of art and events.

The Coelacanth Press publishes the biannual Coelacanth Journal, and has featured such luminaries as Brigid Brophy, Nina Power, Bonnie Camplin, Kenneth Anger and Ezra Pound. Issue 7, High-rise, is scheduled for 2011.

The themes so far are as follows:

1. The Order of Things (Summer 2008)
2. Hysteria (Winter 2008)
3. The Moderns (Summer 2009)
4. The Dream Has Gone But The Baby Is Real (Winter 009)
5. Restoration (Summer 2010)
6. It Came In The Night (Winter 2011)

The Coelacanth Press also organises and collaborates on various events, including a screening of the animated films of Sally Cruikshank at X Marks the Bökship in 2011, an evening of performance at Vilma Gold in 2010, and a night of Social Realism at the South London Cultural Centre in 2009.

The Coelacanth Press is scheduled to publish a reprint of Brigid Brophy's cult classic of 1956, The King of a Rainy Country.

Editor: Phoebe Blatton

http://www.thecoelacanthpress.co.uk/Home.html

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The Coelacanth Journal: No.6: It Came In The Night Winter 2011
Phoebe Blatton, Bonnie Camplin, Duncan Carson, Owl Cave, MargOH! Channing,
Sally Cruikshank, Anne Guthrie, Neil McNally

Price £3

THE COELACANTH PRESS INVITES YOU TO A FREE SCREENING OF
‘THE FILMS OF SALLY CRUIKSHANK’
Sunday 17 April, 6pm

Sally Cruikshank (born 1949) is an American animator, most famous for her 1975 animation 'Quasi at the Quakadero', a cartoon that follows two ducks, Quasi and Anita, and a robot called Rollo at an amusement park with attractions such as the Tunnel of Youth, Think‐O‐Blink Paints Pictures of Your Thoughts, and Madame Xano and her Fabulous Dream Reader. 'Quasi' was a 'midnight movie' favourite at the time, and as well as being voted as one of the 50 greatest cartoons by members of the animation industry, was selected in 2009 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Her work has featured in many episodes of CTW's Sesame Street and in title sequences for films such as Mannequin (1987). She was the head animator for Snazelle Films in San Franscisco from 1972 to 1981, and in 1986 Cruikshank won the initial Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists given by the American Film Institute, along with Stan Brakhage and Nam June Paik. Today she lives in California.

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An interview with Sally Cruikshank features in The Coelacanth Journal No. 6 – It Came in the Night.

A Coelacanth Reading List will be distributed at the event and a display of books and other material from the Coelacanth collection is available to view at the space.

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