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.