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Very soon we’ll be celebrating our latest release, a print by a Canadian Artist, Michael James Jones. Everyone is welcome to come along and take a look at the work with us at the Foundry, and this will also be a chance to see some of our previous titles.

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Two things happened during the making of ‘the 20th Century’ that seemed appropriate. Firstly the paper we chose was discontinued, we got the last 100 sheets in London, and secondly the original artwork destroyed itself during the printing process; there will only ever be 100 prints in ‘the 20th Century’. Michael’s print attracts this feeling of obsolescence like a magnet; like a prop from a silent movie set.

It is a silkscreen print on what looks like a vinyl record sleeve, under a layer of shrinkwrap that is a constituent part of the work. We weren’t sure whether to call it a print, a multiple, or a sculpture. We don’t know what it means for it if someone unwraps it. This is probably because artists like Michael aren’t here to solve problems, but to create more of them.

Michael was a fellow student of mine at the Slade Master’s programme, graduated in 2006, where he usually worked in film. His superb idiosyncratic style made him the perfect artist to choose to make the first solo work at our Press {i.e. we’d just screw it up if we intervened}. We asked him to come up with an idea for a ‘thing’ that we would facilitate. We are proud to present ‘the 20th Century’.

Ping* on Sebald at Universettee

March 28th, 2008 | Posted by David in Live Shows - (0 Comments)

Ping* will be giving a lecture very soon called:

“Hunchbacks, Lunatics and Biopolitics in the work of W.G. Sebald”

The lecture will give a history of what is behind the many physically and mentally malformed characters in W.G. Sebald’s books. The lecture will touch upon all his works, concentrating the most on chapter 5 of The Rings of Saturn. This chapter is worth reading before you come to the lecture, but hopefully it will make sense even if you have never read any Sebald before. He Is A Great Writer.

RSVP to book a space at www.shytstem.biz/universettee

Date: Monday 31 March 2008
Speaker: Ping Henningham
Venue: Hackney
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start
*there’s no link to the Bauhaus, Ping just looks cute in this picture.

You can now see footage of the night at Rational Rec on youtube, thanks to lots of help from Matt Shlomowitz:

Rational Rec launches the Spitalfields Festival 2008
Crispin Place in the new Spitalfields Market
London, E1 6DW
(opposite Leon and Scarlett Restaurants)
Tuesday 18 March 2008, 7-9pm
Its FREE!
www.rationalrec.org.uk

In a special, one-off, free event, Rational Rec decamps to Spitalfields Market to help Spitalfields Festival launch their 2008 programme.

With special performances by Benny the Clown, pianist Mark Knoop performing Michael Finnissy’s Gershwin Arrangements, Knoop/Shlomowitz performing Tom Johnson‘s Counting Duos and Spitalfields Festival artists Full Fathom Five

Market research consultant Felicity Mukherjee and her team of assistants will examine attitudes towards culture and classical music

Infiltrating the market location, performance, visual and sound artists will take over market stalls, including: Henningham Family Press, Laughing Bear presented by the Research Institute for Urban Bear Behaviour and Strange Attractor

In June 2008, Rational Rec will be co-promoting our usual night at Wilton’s Music Hall as a part of Spitalfields Festival

For more information on Spitalfields Festival: www.spitalfieldsfestival.org.uk

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RATIONAL REC is organised by Russell Martin, Cecilia Wee and Matthew Shlomowitz.
First Tuesday of every month at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
www.rationalrec.org.uk
Rational Rec’s season 3 is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts & the PRS Foundation.
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Last Tuesday at Rational Rec was a blast. Thank you to everyone who came and took part, you all really threw yourselves into the tasks and really made the evening work, what an amazing enthusiastic crowd!

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We began the evening with a print run where we went from table to table like a screenprint serenade. Where there had been a blank sheet on the table, we left behind us a spread of pages for a book. These pages contained tasks that related to the music sets in the evening. Before the second Act we flipped the pages and printed the second side, working right to left and then out the fire exit. Before the third Act we slipped the pages away and started binding the book at speed. One of the last acts was cancelled and so Murray helped me carry in the table as far as it would go into the room and we carried on binding furiously. A volunteer sitting on a board served as a finishing press, but soon we got urged over to the middle of the dance floor to do the casing in. The event had got a bit carnivalesque by this point and some DJs were playing and people were dancing around us as we worked. We got it cased in and I looked up, for the first time in quite a few minutes, to see a crowd around us applauding. Matt Cresswell sat on the book as a nipping press until it was time to present it to Emily from Chelsea Library at the front. People continued leafing through the book, even though people were dancing right next to them until closing time.

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It was wonderful to work more closely with Matt Shlomowitz and David Helbich and get an insight on how composers work. We love the way their work doesn’t take itself too seriously. Matt’s piece especially is one of my favourite things I’ve seen. A dancer and a musician, in this case Shila and Tomma the phd recorder player, come up with a series of actions and sounds that tell a story following Matt’s score. It is really simple, perfect and complex. Shila is an amazing dancer with an awe inspiring memory and the ingenious Tomma had a recorder about seven feet tall. When we first saw it in the room nobody could work out what it was for. I thought it was a telescope.

Our thanks to Ana and Renee and Murray who stepped in when things went haywire, and to Matt Russell and Cecilia for planning a fantastic event, and Emily with her video camera and special collection.