Performance Publishing

Pseudodoxia Epidemica

February 23rd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We’ve got another book on the way. This time collaborative. Family favourites Wade Bradshaw, David Barnes, and Tack (Anthony Tackling) amongst others are helping me with poetry and prose fiction initiated by the chapter headings of Sir Thomas Brownes Pseudodoxia Epidemica, a 16th Century refutation of common errors. We have a guest editor lined up for poetry, one of my favourite poets nonetheless. When he returns from India we’ll get the red pencil out. This book wil be a single hardback volume, probably inkjet printed. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get some double sided inkjet Somerset enhanced paper. (Oh man, I’m becoming one of those people who knows all about papers. I think I’ll keep this new talent to myself.)  

Parideza (royal hunting park>paradise)

February 22nd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We are working hard on the moment printing our next release, ‘Parideza’ (David Henningham). The pages are printed, and the slipcases are well underway, but binding is going to take a while because each edition is a two-volume A5 hardback set with an extra pamphlet. It opens like a triptych. I hope there will be etchings in the pamphlet but at the moment the rest is silkscreened. We’ve opted for some really bright colours, the slipcase is flourescent and there is an ominous glow in the studio over by the drying racks.

There is going to be a first edition of 13 copies. It is basically a roving essay, including imaginary symposia, Bosch, Marco Polo and other Medieval explorers, and Charles Darwin along its meandering route. It is partially about our perception of the world and its failings in any given era. The pages are adorned with horns, teeth, and the first volume is populated by prehistoric mammals who enforce punctuation. It is a practice opus.


welcome to the press!

February 22nd, 2006 | Posted by David in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Our inaugural edition of books is almost ready and will be released soon. There are thirteen copies in total. It is called ‘Nonconformist’ and it is a series of silkscreened prints bound japanese style (single sheets without a flexible spine), paperback, about A5 size (by David Henningham).

The work is an extension of some wall drawings done last year with an added dimension exploring the theme of orthodoxy and nonconformism. It is a book as an exhibition space, with texts written in a kind of liturgical style, an attempt at modern religious iconography featuring heavy metal lions and animal skulls. A Pagan appearance with a Christian skeleton underneath. for more details.