Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society
Tom McCarthy & Simon Critchley
On August 7, 1999, Tom McCarthy founded the International Necronautical Society (INS) with a public presentation of the “Founding Manifesto,” a touchstone that would inform the organization’s proceedings for years to come. Composed of official committee members and illicit “agents,” the INS harks back to early 20th-century avant-gardes, producing declarations, reports, public hearings, broadcasts, and research documents. It also orchestrates more covert media infiltrations, all governed by the objective, set out in the manifesto, of mapping, entering, and occupying the space of death through literature, philosophy, culture, and technology. The Mattering of Matter is a collection of INS documents produced between 1999 and 2010.
5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches/ 280 pp/ 6 b&w
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Anthology Volume 3
Doug Harvey (Ed.)
On the brink between paranoid conspiracy theory and avant-garde literature, the LA-based critic, curator, and artist Doug Harvey defies logic and redefines art historical thinking in these collected texts and images. ‘patacritical Interrogation Techniques is the implementation of French playwright Alfred Jarry’s science of “‘pataphysics,” in which texts are subject to extreme stress in order to display their true significance. Key documents in ‘patacritical research are reprinted in the text and original artifacts generated from new research are published for the first time. Content and contributors include the transcript of Craig Blegvad’s experimental documentation, Tribulation 99 and excerpts from artist/musician Steve Roden’s work, fallen/spoken, as well as writings from Clayton Eshleman, Peter Frank, Doug Harvey, John Higham, and many more.
410 pp/ 123 b&w
Retail Price: $16.00