A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing

An image-text pairing from my Excerpts series appears as a part of VerySmallKitchen’s contribution to the exhibition A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing at Five Years in London, UK.

The nostalgic gesture of intentionally translating an up to date medium into its low-fi predecessor is the starting point for this exhibition: why use letraset when you can pick up any font off a drop down menu? Why publish books in the age of WordPress? A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing invites you to step into the world of a bustling “press room” devoid of wi-fi: a scene created specifically for this show.

For this exhibition The Ladies of the Press* invites Annexe Magazine, Pigeon Magazine, and VerySmallKitchen to probe their practice as alternative publishers in a gallery context, collectively working towards multifarious outlets including a gallery exhibition, a publication, talk, and eventually a web based dispersal.

Photo by David Berridge.

David Berridge of VerySmallKitchen writes, in an open letter, on the inclusion of my piece from Excerpts:

I think one starting point for this project was the small card you sent me of one of the image-text pieces from your residency on the VerySmallKitchen blog. I was interested in the equal emphasis on both sides of this card (the image on one side/text the other), and how – unlike the blog post’s downward scroll – to read the card required turning over, one side concealing the other in order to be comprehended.

A Pigeon, A Kitchen and an Annexe: Sites of Alternative Publishing is on view till March 4, 2012 at Five Years. The gallery is open Saturday-Sunday, 1-6pm and is located at Unit 66, 6th Floor, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, UK, E8 4QN.

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