Monday, 18 October 2010

Invitation Only

by Rachel Lois.

At the invitation of Emma Cocker, I will be contributing this to Invitation Only at the British Art Show's Sideshow Book Fair:

(W)reading Performance Writing No.2 (Sideshow Book Fair)
Edition of 1.
Price – 200GBP

For Sideshow Book Fair, I have re-made a special one-off hard copy of (W)reading Performance Writing based on instructions by Marit Münzberg.

Assembling together twenty practitioners from diverse fields of poetry, theatre, visual art and performance on the topic of Performance Writing, (W)reading Performance Writing is a unique guide that comprises of syllabuses, manifestos, scores, personal testimonies and practical exercises. It also includes a detailed subject area index. (W)reading Performance Writing is highly speculative and encourages an active read. A note on its particular invitation can be found in the section Invitation to (W)read.

This special edition for Sideshow contains a variety of bindings and textured papers, a pencil (for scribbling), several carefully retained printing errors and some previously unseen material.

Contributors Charles Bernstein, Caroline Bergvall, David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker, Mark Caffrey, Alex Eisenberg, John Hall, Claire Hind, Richard Kostelanetz, Johanna Linsley, Claire MacDonald, Rebecca May Marston, Marit Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood, Mary Paterson, Joshua Sofaer, Danae Theodoridou, Peter Walsh and Simon Zimmerman. Design by Marit Münzberg.

(W)reading Performance Writing No.1 was commissioned by the Live Art Development Agency in 2010. It is also available as a specially designed downloadable PDF at


'Invitation Only brings together a series of book works, pamphlets, readers, scores … that operate at the level of the invitational, instructional or propositional, as potential provocations or departure points prompting future action or enquiry. For the Sideshow Book Fair these works are invitations they ask be to be pursued, used and engaged with as part of the live event itself.Invitation Only is a platform for presenting and engaging discussion around a body of work produced and curated by artists and writers including David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker and Marit Münzberg.

David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker and Marit Münzberg have worked together on a number of projects exploring the relationship between writing, exhibition and publication.Invitation Only focuses explicitly on the invitational or propositional imperative within their recent practices in order to develop future dialogue around this shared area of concern.Invitation Only will be followed by an event and panel discussion entitled R.S.V.P where a number of invited speakers address ideas relating to invitational, instructional or propositional forms of writing, text and language through the specificity of their own practices.'


For more...

Sideshow Book Fair
David Berridge
Emma Cocker
Marit Münzberg

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