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The Errands group, Adhocracy Exhibition

In Athens, Errands re-stages impro­vised and processed-based design sce­nar­ios first encoun­tered in Greece. Sum­mer Lad­ders reflects an annual prac­tice in Epi­dau­rus: local res­i­dents install metal alad­ders to reach the rocky coast­line in sum­mer; in win­ter, these lad­ders are dis­man­tled, laid on the ground, and cov­ered with plas­tic sheet­ing, like hiber­nat­ing urban fur­ni­ture. Mean­while, Local Dis­putes exam­ines an unusu­ally nar­row house in the Mani penin­sula, which arose in 1998 out of a dis­pute between two neigh­bours about their adja­cent land plots. The house was sub­se­quently demol­ished fol­low­ing a series of legal actions in 2009. Errands brings the pro­tag­o­nists of these phys­i­cal phe­nom­ena to life through images, videos and recon­struc­tions.


Gilbert Hernandez in Greek

The third in Gilbert Her­nan­dez’s line of orig­i­nal hard­cov­ers fea­tur­ing Love and Rock­ets’ “Fritz” in her guise as a Z-movie actress is a trippy thriller that stars Fritz in no fewer than three roles. A beau­ti­ful wait­ress (Fritz, of course) and her hos­pi­tal nurse brother (also Fritz) visit their estranged father, a once suc­cess­ful but now retired writer (amaz­ingly enough, also Fritz), in order to find out the true rea­son why their mother com­mit­ted sui­cide. When dad’s health fails, the sib­lings are then more con­cerned with the money he might leave them.
Ink­press Books hap­pily announces the trans­la­tion in Greek of Gilbert Hernandez’s Love from the Shad­ows.


Artist talk at New School of Parsons

I will be pre­sent­ing my work in the New School of Par­sons invited by Ben Katchor. The NY Comics and Pic­ture-story Sym­po­sium is a weekly sym­po­sium for artist/writers work­ing in var­i­ous text-image forms and facil­i­tated by a rotat­ing group of prac­ti­tion­ers and guest speak­ers. The sym­po­sium offers an ongo­ing place to learn and think about the tra­di­tions and future of text-image work.



Comics and Disability”, MOCCA, New York

The rise of dis­abil­ity stud­ies has prompted a non-hier­ar­chi­cal recon­sid­er­a­tion of dis­abil­ity. In par­al­lel, the emer­gence of “out­sider art” has enlarged aes­thetic pos­si­bil­i­ties within art, but not with­out intro­duc­ing new cat­e­gory prob­lems. This panel traces emerg­ing points of engage­ment between these issues and comics. Ilan Manouach will dis­cuss the Shapereader, his inno­v­a­tive tac­tile lan­guage for blind read­ers. Anne-Françoise Rouche is the direc­tor of La “S” Grand Ate­lier in Viel­salm, Bel­gium, an arts cen­ter for per­sons with men­tal dis­abil­i­ties that orga­nizes col­lab­o­ra­tions with con­tem­po­rary artists. Frémok artist Dou­ble­Bob, who has par­tic­i­pated in this project, will join the dis­cus­sion. Mod­er­ated by Bill Kar­talopou­los.


Plagiarism as Practice”, MOCCA, New York

Avant-garde poet and ubuweb founder Ken­neth Gold­smith teaches Uncre­ative Writ­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. He will dis­cuss pla­gia­rism as prac­tice with comics artists Ilan Manouach, whose Katz re-pre­sented Maus with all of the heads redrawn and sparked a legal action in France; Blaise Larmee, who has tested the lim­its of appro­pri­a­tion and imper­son­ation online; and R. Siko­ryak, whose Mas­ter­piece Comics appro­pri­ate canon­i­cal lit­er­a­ture and clas­sic comics. Mod­er­ated by Bill Kar­talopou­los. Draw­ing by Jason Das. 


Donna Haraway in Greek

Topovoros Books (the trans­la­tion of the neol­o­gism ‘loca­vore’ describ­ing a group of per­sons that only con­sumes locally pro­duced food) is an non-profit hyper­local ini­tia­tive con­sist­ing of a lim­ited print run book cat­a­logue with a main inter­est in pol­i­tics, urban space and rad­i­cal move­ments. Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Man­i­festo is now avail­able in Greek.


Shapereader on 50 watts

Bill Kar­talopou­los guest edited a review of Shapereader for 50 watts, the rich­est source of book-related design and illus­tra­tion in the inter­net.



Primate Arena, Tel Aviv

Pri­mate Arena is a nomadic freeform hap­pen­ing for exper­i­men­tal & out muzak events, ded­i­cated to Psych, Noise, Speech/Sonic/Concrete Poetry, Avant Rock, Improv, post mil­len­nial obscu­ri­ties, pre mil­len­nial obscu­ri­ties, the his­tory of 20th cen­tury exper­i­men­tal music & other adven­tur­ous ven­tures. The events take place in Tel Aviv and else­where, and include an intern­tional fes­ti­val and a radio pro­gram on, hosted by Alex Drool & Eran Sachs. I per­formed live with Alex Drool, Eran Sachs and David Opp.


Balkan tour with Jonas Kocher

The duo will present the release of its CD Skele­ton Drafts, dur­ing the brief balkan tour:
(21.02) Bucharest, (22.02) Sub­ot­ica, (23.02) Budapest, (24.02) Novi Sad, (25.02) Bel­grade, (26.02) Skopje, (27.02) Thes­sa­loniki, (28.02) Athens

Glacial’s Entropy EP is out!

Glacial’s lat­est offer­ing is their Entropy EP, released on the new­born label six d.o.g.s. On side A we are greeted by the epic fif­teen-minute-long dub techno mon­ster of “Entropy”. Don’t let that sweet jazzy intro mis­guide you, as the track builds and builds to reach mon­strous heights of energy, full of sub-basses and scream­ing horns, ideal for both peak-time or after-hours action. “Stoya” on Side B is deeper, moody and min­i­mal with a great groovy loop. Jazzy ele­ments all over set the tone and when the break comes, ilan’s sax­o­phone shines through like a blis­ter in the sun. “Stoya” was recently included in Mary Ann Hobb’s playlist for BBC Radio. 


The Shapereader in Kunsthalle Mulhouse

Presque la Même Chose is an exhi­bi­tion curated by San­drine Wymann that focuses on the lim­its of trans­lata­bil­ity. I quote the text writ­ten by the cura­tor: the prin­ci­ple is not to col­lect a body of works related to the sub­ject but to pur­sue the reflec­tion based on tex­tual and for­mal research that can help us under­stand how dif­fi­cult it is to tell the same thing. The show will be up till May 10th.


One week residency w/ Federica Porello

In the beau­ti­ful dance stu­dio of L’Animal a l’Esquena located, in the mid­dle of a meadow in Celrà, Girona, Fed­er­ica Porello and Ilan Manouach will con­tinue a col­lab­o­ra­tion that started in 2006. The aim is to find a com­mon lan­guage between sound and move­ment through impro­vi­sa­tion, while at the same time deal­ing with ques­tions of auton­omy and coex­is­tence. When not impro­vis­ing, they will be lis­ten­ing to the lec­tures deliv­ered by Roland Barthes at the Col­lege de France in 1977, enti­tled Vivre Ensem­ble.