Ulises Carrión’s “The New Art of Making Books”

February’s Reading: Ulises Carrion’s “The New Art of Making Books”
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West)

Facilitated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan and cheyanne turions

Ulises Carrión’s “The New Art of Making Books” is a utopian proposal for the possibilities of what can constitute a book. Through a series of wild speculations and aphorisms, Carrión challenges book makers, authors, typographers and readers alike to consider the book itself as a performance where form contributes at least as much­ to meaning–if not more–than content.

Ulises Carrión was born in San Andres Tuxtla, Veracruz, Mexico in 1941 and died in Amsterdam in 1989. Carrión’s practice emerged from literary and concrete poetry circles in Mexico before he moved to Europe in the mid-1960s, where he also became associated with Fluxus. He promoted a transnational dialogue with his mail art projects and initiatives such as Other Books and So, active as a bookshop in Amsterdam (1975-1978) and subsequently as an archive.

This reading has been programmed to coincide with the exhibition Out of Print on view at Mercer Union to February 26.

Co-presented with The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Mercer Union.


Selections from the short stories and parables of Franz Kafka

February’s Reading: Selections from the short stories and parables of Franz Kafka
Wednesday February 16 2011 7pm Salon Free
Facilitated by Alex Muir

For February, nestled within the Imminent Future events and the Urban Subjects residency, No Reading will take a fictive turn. You are invited to join us to read selections from the short stories and parables of Franz Kafka. Whilst many of these works are incredibly brief, perplexing and seemingly inscrutable, they have held something of the influence of a neutron star on the ideas of Walter Benjamin, and others engaged with messianic history. The works voice fragments of a world that seems to conflate the mist-enveloped yesteryear of the fable with a subtle dystopic (often prophetic) vision of contemporary times. Situated at (or as) a point of recognition of a turn in social history, they have much to say about the psychology and affect of urban space. This world of mythical deadpan legalese is also, at times, wickedly funny.

Reading this material will likely produce a different engagement amongst participants than that which has thusfar been called for in the interpretations of the non-fictional works presented. We are curious as to how this difference will play out. It is our sincere hope that they might resonate with some of the other goings on of the centre during this month.