Actual Grammar is a new bimestrial radio show hosted by myself and Paul Emery for Lyl Radio, Paris. Featuring a mix of early electronic and computer music alongside contemporary experimental sound art. The first two shows are available to stream: http://lyl.live/show/actual-grammar/. The next show is 13 December at 11 pm (French time).
New book: C, published by Catalogue Library. The third in a series of self-initiated, alphabet-titled books which investigate design systems and the form of the book. 12 pp., 210 × 180 mm, two colour risograph print on Munken stock, £8 + p+p.
In the 1990s a group of like-minded friends ran a music collective called Vector. We organised live electronic music events in various small venues in Leeds and DJ’d at numerous events and festivals around the UK such as Lovebytes (Sheffield), Sightsonic (York) and Ultrasound (Huddersfield). This exhibition at Village Books in Leeds features photographs by Lee Snoding and some of my early graphic design in there form of photocopied fliers and posters. 28 September – 10 October 2018. PV Thursday 27 September.
The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting
The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting considers and celebrates the work of forty artists whose practices have been defining Britain’s contribution to current painting on the national and international stage. The anthology documents solo exhibitions in public museums and galleries, as well as in commercial, independent and artist-led spaces, both in Britain and abroad, during 2017. The publication presents around 160 images, including installation views from many of these exhibitions.
Featured artists and exhibitions include: Tom Anholt at Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen; Gillian Carnegie at Cabinet, London; Peter Doig at Michael Werner, London; Kaye Donachie at Le Plateau, Frac Ile-de-France, Paris; Nick Goss at Josh Lilley, London; Lubaina Himid at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Ryan Mosley at Eigen + Art, Leipzig; Chris Ofili at Victoria Miro Venice; George Shaw at Maruani Mercier, Brussels; Raqib Shaw at The Whitworth, Manchester; Clare Woods at DCA, Dundee; Rose Wylie at Serpentine Galleries, London; and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the New Museum, New York. http://www.anomie-publishing.com
The Architecture Schools Database
Mark Fell: Intra
Record sleeve design for Mark Fell’s LP ‘Intra’. Released by Boomkat Editions, ‘Intra’ is a rhythmic suite of pieces performed with Drumming Grupo De Percussão on the Sixxen metallophone system – a set of six microtonally tuned instruments originally conceived by Iannis Xenakis in 1976. The cover is printed with a copper metallic spot colour and the first 300 copies are limited edition clear vinyl.
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AIGA Eye on Design
British Book Design and Production Awards 2017
My book design for Daphne Oram: An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics, by Anomie Academic was highly commended at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2017.
Some of my record sleeve designs for Pre–Echo Press are featured in the group exhibition ‘Constellations’ at Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, curated by Fergus Feehily. The exhibition includes work by Anonymous, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Ann-Sofie Claesson, Matt Connors/Pre-Echo Press, Annie-May Demozay, Koen Delaere and Bas van den Hurk, Erno Enkenberg, Far from the Tree, Lasse Juuti, Hannele Kumpulainen, Emelie Luostarinen, Mauno Markkula, Inga Meldere, Brendan Moran, Petri Ala-Maunus, Night Table, nynnyt, Peter Ojstersek, Yuki Okumura, Alex Olson, Nils Titus Östbrant and Ignat Burdo, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Sebastian Reis, Astrid Strömberg, Päivi Takala, Inari Sami garment, Harry Smith’s Folk Anthology and Tuukka Tammisaari. 25.10.–12.11.2017. http://www.exhibitionlaboratory.fi
Record sleeve designs I recently designed for Koen Holtkamp’s Beast project, published by Pre-Echo.
The First Cut
The first of two publications for artist Filippa Dobson.
Encyclopaedia of Human Relationships
Group exhibition at Galeria dos Prazeres in Madeira, Portugal, curated by Mark Fell and featuring work by Bella Carreras, Briggita Kerbel, Erkka Nissinen, Jan Hendrickse, Paul Modler, Olivia Salvadori, Rebecca Salvadori, Sandro Mussada, Joe Gilmore, Rhiannon Silver Gilmore, Karl D’Silva, Rian Treanor, Robert William Harris and Tal Hendrickse. 27.7–1.10.17. www.galeriadosprazeres.pt
Scald Rougish LP
I am pleased to announce that my new book, Sigla Addendum, has just been co-published by Catalogue Library and Village Books. The book is an addendum / postscript to my previous book Sigla, published by Jordskred. The book further investigates James Joyce’s set of glyphs which he used extensively in his notebooks and the published version of Finnegans Wake. 28 pp., two colour risograph, singer sewn, edition of 50. Please contact me if you would like to purchase a copy (£12 +pp).
Two of my books will be available at Offprint London 2017. Sigla will be available from the Dutch Independent Art Book Publishers stand and my new book Sigla Addendum will be available from Catalogue / Village Books. Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 19-21 May. http://offprint.org
Sigla at Village Books
An exhibition of prints from Sigla are currently on show at Village Books in Leeds. Sigla seeks to examine written language, meaning and ambiguity through a set of typographic glyphs which the Irish author James Joyce devised for his novel Finnegans Wake. Risograph printed in two colours by Knust in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Hand-sewn using green and blue thread (25 copies in green, 25 in blue). Published by Jordskred. The exhibition closes on 14 May, 2017.
Christophe Charles + Kozo Inada: i[ ]
New work: record sleeve design for Christophe Charles + Kozo Inada’s LP i, released by Ge-stell. Comprising tones and field recordings, i is the soundtrack to accompany Ishikawa Fukurow’s Noh-insired dance piece Kafka. I heard Kozo Inada perform at the Music Research Centre at the University of York in 2008 and then had the pleasure of performing live alongside Christophe Charles at an event called ‘Why is there something instead of nothing?’ at snd studios in Sheffield in March 2009. Mark Fell and I also commissioned a piece of music by Christophe for our Radio Web MACBA series Composing with Process. You can listen and download this piece here, alongside another commissioned work by Yasunao Tone.
Gay Areas Telephone Directory
New work: slip-case design for Pre–Echo’s facsimile edition of the Gay Areas Telephone Directory — originally published by Gay International Inc. in 1983.
New book, Sigla published by Jordskred. Riso printed in two colours by Knust in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Hand-sewn using green and blue thread (25 copies in green, 25 in blue).
Sigla seeks to examine written language, meaning and ambiguity through the set of typographic glyphs which the Irish author James Joyce devised for his last novel Finnegans Wake.
Come Play With Me Split 7″ Series
New work: the latest in a series of split 7″ singles for Come Play With Me.
I will be exhibiting some of my books and prints at Print Stuff – an independent print and publishing fair which takes place 1 April at The De Grey Rooms, St Leonards Place, York, YO1 7HD. Doors are open from 10am – 5pm. http://print-stuff.co.uk
Geometry of Now
Identity and website design for Geometry of Now, a festival of sound presented by V–A–C Foundation. Curated by Mark Fell, the festival takes place at GES-2, the site of Moscow’s former power station. You can view the website here.
Kim Fisher: A Little Bit of But
I am pleased to announce that Daphne Oram – An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics has just been co-published by The Daphne Oram Trust in Anomie Academic. Originally published in 1972, An Individual Note is Oram’s only published work and offers an insight into her thoughts about electronic music, sound and electronics. As someone whose own practice has been deeply rooted in electronic music, I am especially honoured to have been involved with the design of this book. View project.
Alive: Art Between Life and Science
New work: exhibition catalogue for Alive: Art Between Life and Science. Commissioned by CCDD, University of York.
I am currently working on a book for the artist Kim Fisher to accompany her show ‘A Little Bit of But’ at LAXART, which is open from 12 November – 7 January 2017. The photo above is from her 2014 exhibition ‘Dirty Kitchen’ at The Modern Institute, Aird’s Lane, Glasgow.
Eddie Martinez: Sculptures
New work: artist monograph of sculptures by the American artist Eddie Martinez, commissioned by Timothy Taylor gallery, edited by Matt Price and printed at EBS in Verona.
Void() 2 — 28pp, 2 colour risograph with screen printed cover. Edition of 70, published by Catalogue Library. ISBN: 978-94-91783-09-8. If you would like to purchase a copy for £12 +pp please drop me an email.
rkss – Cutoff
Two personal book projects: Sigla, published by Jordskred and a second in the series of Void() books (pictured), published by Catalogue Library. Sigla will be exhibited as part of the 7.45 Books exhibition at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Library in Amsterdam, 1-30 September. Void() will be launched at the New York Art Book Fair, 16-18 September at MoMA PS1, preview on 15th.
Business card design for Badfaith.
Jefre Cantu Ledesma
Matt Connors’ dog, Judy and the two sleeves I designed for the Pre–Echo LP reissues of Jefre Cantu Ledesma’s Songs of Forgiveness and Songs of Remembrance.
Mark Leckey: This Kolossal Kat, that Massive MOG
Art Monthly magazine advert for Mark Leckey’s exhibition at The Grundy Art Gallery which opens on 14 May.
Recent work: Sequence (Issue 4), New Artists’ Film and Video for the not for profit artist run organisation no.w.here. Featuring amongst others, articles, statements and artist’s pages by James Holcombe, Rosalind Fowler, Malcolm Le Grice, Andrew Vallance and Simon Payne. The publication also features stills from a film I have been working on the soundtrack for with filmmaker Dan Brackenbury. The film and publication will be launched at the Contact Festival of experimental film and video in London on 6-8 May, 2016. http://www.contactscreenings.co.uk
Ge-stell is a San Francisco-based record label run by Cameron Shafii. I was asked to re-design the label’s aesthetic with a new logo and a graphic identity for a series of 12″ EPs. The first EP, ‘Mophoc Rez’ by Tom Knapp has just been released and this will be followed by releases by CoH and Sote. ‘Ge-stell’ (literally ‘framing’) is the German word used by Martin Heidegger to describe what lies behind or beneath modern technology. More
Recent work: an A3, two colour risograph print for the Makers Print Fair at University of Leeds. Printed on 130 gsm Munken by Chris at Textbook Studio.
Hayley Tompkins: Lifelike
New publication for Hayley Tompkins, commissioned by The Modern Institute. The book is thread sewn and printed full colour throughout with an additional spot colour on the cover. Printed by Pressision, Leeds.
Daphne Oram – An Individual Note
I am working with the Daphne Oram Trust, Goldsmiths, Adapt for Arts and Anomie Publishing to produce a new edition of Oram’s classic 1972 book An Individual Note of Music, Sound and Electronics. More soon…
A few years ago I was asked to contribute a music playlist to Studio Music, a project initiated by illustrator Rose Blake (Rose is the daughter of artist Peter Blake). The project provides an insight into the creative process of visual practitioners, through the music that they listen to whilst working. You can listen to my playlist below and read my comments here.
I am currently working on a publication which documents the ‘Sensory Systems’ exhibition which took place at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool last September. The exhibition brought together a collection of works using light by artists Angela Bulloch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anthony McCall and Conrad Shawcross.
British Art Show 8
In 2014 I was commissioned by The Block to design a publication for Charlotte Prodger’s ‘Markets’ exhibition at Chelsea Space, London. The main piece in this show, the installation Northern Dancer, is currently included in British Art Show 8 at Leeds City Art Gallery. The exhibition features work by 42 exceptional contemporary artists including (amongst others): Abäke, Andrea Büttner, Ryan Gander, Will Holder, Goshka Macuga, Laure Prouvost and Hayley Tompkins. The show is open until 10 January 2016. You can view the Markets publication here.
More work in progress… a large-format publication for the 2009 Turner Prize winner Richard Wright. Commissioned by The Modern Institute, the book will feature Wright’s untitled light installation which was exhibited at the gallery’s Aird’s Lane space in Glasgow in 2014. For this project Wright made four leaded glass skylights with the assistance of York Glaziers Trust — Britain’s oldest stained glass conservation studio, who have a special connection to the medieval windows at York Minster. The textured glass interferes with natural light to create a play on perspective through the use of light, shadow and reflection.
I am currently designing a book for British artist Hayley Tompkins. ‘Lifelike’ documents a series of small abstract paintings which are included in her exhibition ‘Electric Magnetic Installation’ — currently on show at The Modern Institute, Glasgow.
I have been commissioned to design a book for Belgian artist Gauthier Oushoorn. The project will bring together a body of Oushoorn’s work, some of which draws on Nader Ardalan’s book ‘The Sense of Unity’ — a study of the conceptual and symbolic importance of Islamic architecture. The book will be published by Lyre Press in November 2015.