Saturday, 10 March 2012


By Rachel Lois

My text entitled Writing AVANT GARDE PERFORMANCE OR has just been published in Before or Since, a special 2012 edition of Soanyway. Before or Since contains international commissions responding to the notion of Avant Garde and work of US writer Richard Kostelanetz, and includes an interview between publisher Michael Butterworth and Richard Kostelanetz.

Writing AVANT GARDE PERFORMANCE OR focuses on Kostelanetz's On Innovative Performance(s); a fascinating thirty year collection of typed notes-cards from the burgeoning 1960-1980 New York performance art scene. Writing AVANT GARDE PERFORMANCE OR introduces Kostelanetz as chief chronicler and presses on the diacritical impact of his writing in relation to performance and his chronicling modus operandi of smallness, keeping close to the ground and being present as writer. Not to mention his typing fetish.

Design is scanned and sent by Rachel Lois Clapham with assistance from Stephenpperry.

On Innovative Performance(s) : Three Decades of Recollections on Alternative Theater Richard Kostelanetz, Hardback by McFarland & Company 1994

Rachel Lois Clapham produces writing on and as performance as part of UK collaboration Open Dialogues and curates radical writing with the Arts Council partnership In a word…. Her own practice points..., punctuates movement and presses on physical gestures as text. Work includes Re- (PSL Gallery, Norwich Arts Centre and John Latham Archive), WORK TRY HARD (Kaleid Editions), (W)reading Performance Writing : A Guide (Live Art Development Agency) and WRITING the SPACE (Wild Pansy Press).  In 2012 she is publishing with The Other Room, Lemonmelon, Knives, Forks and Spoons Press and VerySmallKitchen @rachellois1

So anyway is a magazine project by Derek Horton and Lisa Stansbie. There’s a thousand sides to everything – not just heroes and villains. So anyway…so anyway…so anyway…’Soanyway’ ought to be one word. Like a place or a river…Soanyway river

Before or Since Soanyway contributors include David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Robert Clarke, Jax Deluca, Emma Dexter, Alex Dipple, Henry Gwiazda, Derek Horton, Seekers of Lice, Christina Mitrentse, Neil Needleman, Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, Aymee Smith, Lynne Williams, Paul Wright.

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