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Ulysses by Jacqueline Valencia.

Published in a limited edition of 50 copies (only 25 of which are for sale), Ulysses is available for $3.50 including domestic postage (+ $1 non-Canadian postage). To order please email derek beaulieu.

On Dec 9, 2013 Jacqueline Valencia started handwriting – with spontaneous illustrations – the entirety of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The results are posted daily on gettinginsidejamesjoyceshead.blogspot.ca. Gathering the first 4 pages of Valencia’s obsessive practice, this edition of Ulysses claims the manuscript as Valencia’s.

Toronto-based poet, writer, and film critic Jacqueline Valencia earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto (Literature major, Cinema Studies minor). Jacqueline is currently a freelancer, Assistant Editor at Beyond Borderlands, founding editor of These Girls On Film, and a film journalist and senior staff film critic at Next Projection.

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Daisy Knell by Ken Hunt

Published in a limited edition of 40 copies (only 20 of which are for sale), Daisy Knell is available for $2.00 including domestic postage (+ $1 non-Canadian postage). To order please email derek beaulieu.

This poem isolates letters from page 98 of NASA’s voice transcription of the Apollo 11 moon mission, uncovering (in sequential order) the musical notes of two chorus lines from Harry Dacre’s “Daisy Bell” (“A Bicycle Built for Two”). These chorus lines famously appear as the death knell of the computer HAL in Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Ken Hunt is the author of Space Administration (89+/LUMA Foundation, 2014). For three years, Ken served as editor of NōD Magazine, the University of Calgary English department’s publication of undergraduate prose, poetry, and visual art. In 2010, Ken co-founded The Scribe and Muse, a University of Calgary club that promotes writing and literacy, offering a free peer-editing service to students across all faculties. Ken lives in Calgary.

Speechless magazine – the journal of concrete poetry i edited and published from 2009 (and is now readily available on UBUweb as downloadable PDFs) was recently re-issued in a pirated edition by Kristen Mueller as poet-in-residence at the LUMA foundation in Zurich. I’m thrilled to hear that my work is being pirated and bootlegged, what could be cooler than that?

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9301-5No Press is proud to announce the publication of

Documentary Poetry by Heimrad Bäcker

with “Afterword: A Past Charged with Now-Time” by Sabine Zelger

In a Bilingual edition, translated by Jacquelyn Deal and Patrick Greaney.

Published in a hand-bound edition of 80 copies (only 40 of which are for sale), Documentary Poetry is available for $12+postage ($15 total). To order please email derek beaulieu.

“Documentary literature cuts through the skeins of imagination, paralyzes the literary impulses of the will, makes secondary reflection into an unnecessary addition, and negates remembrance ceremonies’ formulaic horror; documentary literature suffers no reduction in efficacy by repeated usage, makes visible that which is hidden by public and private mediocrity and its schematizing tendencies.”

Documentary Poetry presents the principles that guided Bäcker’s writing practice. It is one of the longest texts in poetics that he published during his lifetime.

Heimrad Bäcker (1925–2003) was an artist, poet, and influential editor of the Austrian avant-garde. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including transcript (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010) and Seascape (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013). He published major works by Austrian artists and experimental writers in his journal neue texte (1968–1991) and under the imprint of Edition Neue Texte (1976–1992), the publishing house that he ran along with his wife Margret Bäcker. Most of his literary works draw on the methods of concrete and visual poetry to present documentary material about the Shoah. These books were historical and literary, and they were also part of a critical autobiography, an examination of Bäcker’s enthusiastic participation in the Hitler Youth and the Nazi Party.

Heimrad Bäcker’s “Dokumentarische Dichtung” was first published in the Vienna literary journal Protokolle, 29.2 (1992). This reprint and translation have been authorized by Thomas Eder, Bäcker’s literary executor. The translation was supported by a grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Art, and Culture.

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ch4 16 FLAT Reading Remove copyNo Press is proud to announce the publication of Kristen Mueller’s “Partially Removing the Remove of Literature”

 

Produced in a limited edition of 50 hand-bound copies.

 

Partially Removing the Remove of Literature is a reading of Nick Thurston’s book Reading the Remove of Literature, which is itself a reading of Maurice Blanchot’s book L’Espace littéraire (The Space of Literature). In Thurston’s appropriation, he has assiduously erased every page of Blanchot’s seminal work, while preserving his own marginalia, through a processual transposition of hand-writing into formal typography. In Mueller’s reading of Thurston, she has partially erased every page of his book, leaving only Thurston’s (extra-textual(?)) markings—the underlinings and arrows, parentheses and exclamation marks—intact. By layering these remains, chapter for chapter, she presents portraits of Thurston’s reading of Blanchot, collapsed and condensed, proffering the gift of theft.

 

Kristen Mueller is the author of Language to Cover a Page (Motto Books, 2014). A longer version of Partially Removing the Remove of Literature will be published by her small press, & So, in 2014. 

 

“Partially Removing the Remove of Literature” is now available for $5ea.

 

To order please email derek beaulieu

 

The exhibition The Nabokov Paper – An experiment in novel-reading (accompanied by the book of the same name, For more details contact – thenabokovpaper@gmail.com) opened on October 26th at Shandy Hall …

In April 2012, ten artists, eight writers, six university professors, three translators, two architects, a librarian, a curator, a graphic designer, an illustrator and a computer engineer each selected a question on one of seven course texts: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Charles Dickens’s Bleak House, Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. The responses they turned in take the form of writing, drawing, painting, film, graphs, indexes, lists, maps, newly designed editions, objects, scale-models, a lecture and a reading game. This work, together with an introduction to the aims of the project, is presented in The Nabokov Paper – a publication that acts both as a record of the experiment and an invitation to undertake it again.

Contributors: Graham Allen, James Arnett, Abraham Asfaw, Anne Attali, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Derek Beaulieu, Paul Becker, Christian Bök, Shanna Bosley, Stephen Bury, Chloe Briggs, Kate Briggs, Maurice Carlin, Jennifer Carr, Guillaume Constantin, Jamie Crewe, Véronique Devoldère, Lucia della Paolera, Craig Dworkin, Zenon Fajfer, Helen Frank, Céline Guyot, John Hamilton, Sharon Kivland, Gianni Lavacchini, Anna-Louise Milne, Forbes Morlock, Simon Morris, Amy Pettifer, Lucrezia Russo, Olivia Sautreuil, Nick Thurston, Jane Topping, Madeleine Walton, Patrick Wildgust, Robert Williams and Jack Aylward-Williams, Sarah Wood, Gillian Wylde.

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img276-lrgThe Nabokov Paper – An experiment in novel-reading

26th October 13 – 22nd November 13

Project by
Kate Briggs and Lucrezia Russo

Published by
information as material

With work by
Graham Allen, James Arnett, Abraham Asfaw, Anne Attali, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Derek Beaulieu, Paul Becker, Christian Bok, Shanna Bosley,
Stephen Bury, Chloe Briggs, Kate Briggs, Maurice Carlin, Jennifer Carr, Guillaume Constantin, Jamie Crewe, Veronique Devoldere,
Lucia della Paolera, Craig Dworkin, Zenon Fajfer, Celine Guyot, John Hamilton, Sharon Kivland, Gianni Lavacchini, Anna-Louise Milne,
Forbes Morlock, Simon Morris, Amy Pettifer, Lucrezia Russo, Olivia Sautreuil, Nick Thurston, Jane Topping, Madeleine Walton, Patrick Wildgust,
Robert Williams and Jack Aylward-Williams, Sarah Wood, Gillian Wylde.

Opening and book launch
Saturday, October 26, 2013 / 3pm

For more details contact – thenabokovpaper@gmail.com

jordheimCecile Bjørgås Jordheim has a new performance of her “First of All There is Blue” which was inspired by my novel Local Colour: Ghosts, variations:

Konsert–performance
Torsdag 19. september kl. 21.00
Kunstnernes Hus, Foajé
Gratis inngang

Cecile Bjørgås Jordheim, Stine Janvin Motland (vokal) og Jo Fougner Skaansar (kontrabass)

The project is based on the first paragraph in Paul Auster’s novella Ghosts. The composition consists of 3 short movements. The first movement is the original text straight from the book, the two following movements are versions of the paragraph that has been trough Google Translate so many times that the text is altered into strange sentences and meanings. The composition was done by isolating the letters C, D, E, F, G, A, B in the text and using them in a notational system to indicate pitch. The absence of the characters in between the chosen letters indicate the durations/note values.

More information, and a recording of a previous iteration of the performance, can be found here.

The project was initiated by Canadian poet Derek Beaulieu and In Edit Mode Press in Malmö, Sweden and is entitled Local Colour: Ghosts, variations. The collection takes as its point of departure Paul Auster’s novella Ghosts, and Beaulieu’s reworking of Auster’s text, Local Colour. It invites a number of writers, poets, musicians and artists to contribute with further reworkings, intermedial translations and editing projects exploring various intersections between Auster’s text and Beaulieu’s graphic interpretation. The resulting volume consists of four bound volumes, a series of pamphlets and prints, an audio-CD and a piece of computer software.

LCLOCAL COLOUR; GHOSTS, VARIATIONS

Ola Ståhl, Carl Lindh & Derek Beaulieu
Malmö: Publication Studio Malmö / In Edit Mode Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-91-977853-4-1
Set including a series of perfect bound, paperback volumes, a book of photographs, a CD and a piece of software. First edition: 200 copies.
Release date: Dec 20, 2012
Retail price: €58

“Local Colour; ghosts, variations” takes as its point of departure, Paul Auster’s novella “Ghosts,” and, in particular, Derek Beaulieu’s reworking of Auster’s text, “Local Colour,” in which the entirety of Auster’s text has been removed, leaving only the chromatic words spread across the otherwise blank pages as coloured rectangles. “Local Colour; Ghosts, variations” picks up on the way in which Beaulieu’s piece seems to split Auster’s narrative text open by rendering it purely graphical, freeing it up, by the same gesture, to an excess and a bifurcation of meaning. Seeking to extend and amplify this ambition, the collection invites other writers, poets, musicians, and artists to implement procedures and process that allow them to do Beaulieu what Beaulieu did to Auster; that is, to split his colour rectangles open and see can be done with what is revealed. Contributors include Derek Beaulieu, Steve Giasson, Cia Rinne, Peder Alexis Olsson, Jörgen Gassilewski, Craig Dworkin, Elisabeth Tonnard, Martin Glaz Serup, Eric Zboya, Ola Ståhl, Pär Thörn, Carl Lindh, Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Ola Lindefelt, Andreas Kurtsson, Helen White, Gary Barwin, Magda Tyzlik-Carver and Andy Prior.

LC-posterCOLOUR’S GRAVITY

Ola Ståhl
Malmö: Publication Studio Malmö / In Edit Mode Press, 2013
No ISBN
First edition: 200 copies
Release date: Dec 2, 2012
Retail price: €7

Double-sided poster by Ola Ståhl presenting all the colours rectangles in Derek Beaulieu’s graphical reworking of Paul Auster’s novella “Ghosts” in the order in which they appear but printed as long, slim strips on glossy paper. On one side of the poster, the nuances are those that appear in Beaulieu’s manuscript. For the opposite side of the poster, however, a cipher, the key to which was found in an hollowed out coin in Brooklyn in the 1950s, was used to create an alternate set of numeric sequences from the CMYK numbers of the colours used in Beaulieu’s piece. From these numeric sequences a different set of CMYK numbers, and thus a different set of colours, was generated. Treated the same way as the original colour series, these are the colours presented on the other side of the poster.

LC-speldosaAPPARITION

Carl Lindh & Ola Ståhl
Malmö: Publication Studio Malmö / In Edit Mode Press, 2013
No ISBN
Music box and scroll. Limited and numbered edition of 10 copies.
Release date: Dec 2, 2012
Retail price: €115

Replicating Derek Beaulieu’s “Local Colour” – a graphical reworking of Paul Auster’s novella “Ghosts” – as a scroll and cutting out each coloured rectangle, leaving only a series of tiny perforations, Ola Ståhl & Carl Lindh’s “Apparition” extends the translation process initiated in Beaulieu’s rendering graphical of Auster’s text, only here the graphical manuscript is translated into a sequence of absences – holes, punctures – reemerging spectrally as sound as the scroll is fed through the music box. Each numbered copy is fully functional and contains both music box and scroll.

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