Announcing Our New Titles

We are delighted to have launched two new titles at this months Small Publishers Fair at the Conway Hall, Bloomsbury London: Brian Lewis’ sequence East Wind, and the long awaited MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall pamphlets. These strictly limited and hand made editions are now available to buy online.

MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall

MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall
MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall
MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall
MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall

MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall is a collaborative research project by artists Emma Bolland and Tom Rodgers and curator Judit Bodor exploring the relationship between place, memory and mourning. Visiting sites that have witnessed trauma and death they gathered material to create a co-authored body of work which seeks to integrate visual practice, curatorial intervention, research, documentation, fictional, and theoretical writing. These visual and textual outcomes are now being released through a series of handmade limited edition pamphlets. To find out more and buy these editions please click here.

 

East Wind

East Wind by Brian Lewis
East Wind by Brian Lewis
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East Wind by Brian Lewis

East Wind is a limited edition set of three handmade pamphlets containing a sequence of lyrical essays and haiku that narrate the author’s 24 hour walk from Hull to Withernsea over the 10th and 11th May 2014. Each set comes with a extra enveloped haiku unique to that copy. To find out more and buy this edition please click here.

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Gordian Projects at the Small Publishers Fair

lectolalia (a romance)
Bespoke production in progress at the Gordian Projects workshop

We are very proud to have been accepted to exhibit at the 2015 Small Publishers’ Fair at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th November. Small Publishers is an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, writers, composers, book designers, and their publishers. The Fair is independent, self-funding and not-for-profit. This year over 60 participants will include: Ambeck Design (Denmark), AMBruno (London), Black and Blue (Manchester), Boekie Woekie (Amsterdam), Coracle (Ireland), Corbel Stone Press (Cumbria), Equus Press (Czech Republic), Gordian Projects (Sheffield), Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet (Sweden), Impact Press (Bristol), Litteraria Pragensia (Czech Republic) Longbarrow Press (Sheffield), Mark Pawson / Disinfotainment (London), New Arcadian Press (Leeds), The Saison Poetry Library (London), Tom Paine Printing Press (East Sussex), Uniformbooks (Devon), Writing Maps (London), Yasushi Cho / Laughter (Tokyo)
For the complete list click here.

This year’s featured exhibition at the fair is: NANCY CAMPBELL: BOOKS AND PRINTED MATTER. Nancy Campbell is a British artist and writer whose work explores polar and marine environments. In 2010 she was Artist in Residence at the most northerly museum in the world, on the remote island of Upernavik in Greenland.

This year’s programme of talks and readings, running across both days of the fair is curated by writer and librarian Pascal O’Loughlin. We are delighted that Emma Bolland will be reading from a selection of our publications, including her own art-writing text LECTOLALIA, the PLACE AND MEMORY book, and our new editions which we are launching at the Fair, EAST WIND from Brian Lewis, (an excerpt of which is featured on this month’s Caught By The River), and the first of the long awaited MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall pamphletsYou can see Emma reading from her texts and screening their related films at a recent performance at BALTIC in the window below.

Lectolalia and Place&Memory – Limited period special offer.

For a limited period only we are offering Lectolalia (usual price £10 + £1.25 UK pp) and Place&Memory (usual price £5 + UK pp) together for just £12 + £1.50 UK pp: a saving of £4.00. This offer ends Sunday 10th August

UK orders (£12 + £1.50 postage)

Europe orders (£12 + £3.75 postage)

Rest of World orders (£12 + £5 postage)

lectolalia (a romance)
lectolalia (a romance)
LECTOLALIA (a romance), an experiment in art-writing that responds to the material sensuality of texts, along with an accompanying short film of the same name, was created by Emma Bolland for the Leeds College of Art & Design ‘Library Interventions’ residencies, and has recently been performed by Bolland as part of a screening/reading at Artists Book Market at the Baltic in Gateshead. You can view the performance here.

 

lectolalia (a romance)
lectolalia (a romance)
This bespoke, signed, and hand-numbered first edition of 150 copies is published by Gordian Projects in association with Leeds College of Art & Design. Typeset in Perpetua and Perpetua Titling, and printed on pearl grey paper, the edition is hand-stitched, and issued with hand-printed covers and contrasting dust jackets created by the author in multiple colour combinations.

Place & Memory
Place & Memory
Place & Memory is the culmination of a year-long psychogeographcal collaboration by artists and writers Amanda Burton, Donna Coleman, Sarah Deakin, Charys Ellmer, Sandy Holden, Lorna Johnstone, Morticia and Nigel Stone. A handsome 64-page paperback, designed to reflect the spirit of collaboration and discovery that developed during the artists’ journey, Place & Memory is a text and image exploration of a city and its emotions. “This transient sense of journey within environment is beautifully resolved through word and image. Word has been used as narrative, document, question and aesthetic. Each artist has constructed a world in which the viewer is being asked to enter and explore an anatomy of a different part of the city, offering an invitation to listen to the rhythms being played.” Dominique Cameron

Lectolalia (a romance)

Gordian Projects is pleased to announce the publication of Lectolalia (a romance) by artist and writer Emma Bolland.

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LECTOLALIA (a romance), with an accompanying short film of the same name, was created by Emma Bolland for the Leeds College of Art & Design ‘Library Interventions’ residencies; you can view the film at the link at the bottom of the page. For the Interventions, artists are invited to respond to the library and its collections. Bolland’s response deals with a passion for and seduction by words and texts, and she undertook a free-associative drift through the stacks, selecting books intuitively by heft, texture and appearance. Fragments of phrases taken from the books she encountered are incorporated into the work. In a performance of the draft text she invited the audience to annotate the manuscript, and these annotations are included in the publication as endnotes, as is a bibliography of the books pulled from the shelves.

This bespoke, signed, and hand-numbered first edition of 150 copies is published by Gordian Projects in association with Leeds College of Art & Design and is priced at £10.00 plus post and packaging. Typeset in Perpetua and Perpetua Titling, and printed on pearl grey paper, the edition is hand-stitched, and issued with hand-printed covers and contrasting dust jackets created by the author in multiple colour combinations. Please note that the press cannot accept requests for specific colours, but when ordering your copy you are invited to choose one word from each of the three following pairs and type these into the ‘additional information for seller’ option on the PayPal form:

bright / neutral
warm / cool
dark / pale

The artist will use your word choices as the starting point for the colour combinations used for your copy. Alternatively, you can leave this selection blank and the artist will choose for you.

UK orders (£10 + £1.25 postage)

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View the publication’s companion short film here:

Dominique Cameron reviews Place & Memory

How do we experience place for ourselves? What does it mean to us? Do our own memories become part of the collective consciousness accreted in the layers of storytelling laid down in a city’s foundations?

These are some of the questions posed by the group of eight artists brought together by four mentors to explore various locations in Leeds. Through individual and collaborative research and methodologies, a body of work has emerged that seeks to find new ways of interpreting the notions of place and self.

pandm1The artists have produced work ranging from the documentary and the poetic to personal stories and memories of place. The resultant book, Place & Memory, feels like an archive, a repository for self analysis, not just the observed. This is no visitors guide book to Leeds, and yet, never having been to Leeds I have an imprint in my head of these personal reflections which might act as a map. The artists have given me their own guide to this complicated and fragile space.

This transient sense of journey within environment is beautifully resolved through word and image. Word has been used as narrative, document, question and aesthetic. Each artist has constructed a world in which the viewer is being asked to enter and explore an anatomy of a different part of the city, offering an invitation to listen to the rhythms being played.

pandm2The imagery likewise leaves one with a sense of the sounds of place too. The photographs and film/video stills hover within the space between fact and fiction, that blurring of worlds where the edge to things can be found, a place where one can hear the chord structure. This is a place where the remembered is a record of those that have gone before, including ourselves and a thoughtful notation to describe who we might be now.

I feel honoured as always to be allowed access to people’s stories. By sharing our stories we allow for new provocations, alternative paradigms to exist. As the artist and writer Suzanne Lacy says in her book Leaving Art: “…getting people to talk with each other, and as a result think or act differently, is a critical role for artists…” The stories shared here are never slight. They all share that willingness to engage with a discourse of transformation. As one of the artist writes: “I explored my place, only to find it was no longer the same. Then I realised it didn’t matter – I was changing what this area means to me.” I think it is this idea of change that underpins the project for me. That through looking at place we can find new ways of talking about ourselves and our experiences, and the sharing of these narratives broadens all our lives in ways to suggest we are not alone.

Dominique Cameron is an artist and writer based in Dundee; click here to visit her website.

The Place & Memory book is still available at just £5 (inc P&P). To purchase a copy, click on the relevant PayPal button below:

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Place & Memory: The Book

Place and Memory booksWhen is a book not a book? Take eight artists, leave them in a field, a street, a wood, hospital, graveyard, or an abandoned industrial folly. Leave them to explore…

We are delighted to announce that the Place & Memory book is now available from Gordian Projects. The culmination of a year’s exploration and examination of the city of Leeds, the book features images and texts by artists Amanda Burton, Donna Coleman, Sarah Deakin, Charys Ellmer, Sandy Holden, Lorna Johnstone, Morticia and Nigel Stone, and has been designed and edited by project mentors Judit Bodor, Emma Bolland and Tom Rodgers. A handsome 64-page paperback, designed to reflect the spirit of collaboration and discovery that developed during the artists’ journey, Place & Memory highlights the poetry and beauty to be found in the overlooked corners of the city.

Place & Memory can be purchased direct from us with secure Paypal ordering (please click on the relevant button below) for just £5 (plus postage)

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Find out more about the Place & Memory project here.