A catalogue of disappointments

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A catalogue of disappointments
(Drawings from Financial Times April 1979)

Printed, designed and bound by KLD Repro
Published by Xeropolis

A catalogue of disappointments is a redrawing of Financial Times April 1979. It is an anarchival device for fictioning; a paper and graphite based ouija board. It reassembles the dead to make them speak in synchronic and diachronic voices – in tongues and backwards, in a collapsing heap of images and text; as failed automatic writings, as a compost of histories told through tabloid headlines and pulp. It is a paratext that shapes a mesh / mess of tangled heteroglossic signs and smudged remains of rumour, news, memory, here-say and heresy. The book is an upside-down arcane literary commemoration of forty years of neoliberal hex. It is a drawing document, that unfolds as a fragmentary transmission of psycho-topological spewings of images, language, associations and animosities. The book is a grotesque replica; a pack of ghosts of an abandoned set of futures.


Frothing, Foaming & Teeming
Frothing Foamning Teeming Asbjørn Skou

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Frothing, Foaming & Teeming
33 pages. 28X37,5 cm. Edition of 200
Printed, designed and bound by KLD Repro
Supported by The Danish Art Foundation

The dead ecologies of economy are haunted. Their geographies and bodies are looming over and shining out, as malign agents of a hyperobject wraith that looms over and shines out through all and everywhere.

A seething bioform is cannibalizing the Company building in which it has been grown. The very architecture of the Company is blossoming into abject life, and sprouting ghosts that haunts the occupants, as they still seek to capitalize on the infested commercial enterprise.

Three mercenaries and an alchemist roams through the headquarters of the European Central Bank, in search of a fabled magic mushroom reputed to grow within the semi-deserted building. What they find will illuminate something festering in both the building and themselves.

In a nameless container-port, a shipping company is loading a mythic cargo onto a freighter. But in the metal cubicles of the port, forgotten things have lingered and grown, and from the sea, things rise and sink and rise again.

A fragmented story of ontological disaster-sites discharged by capitalism in a climate-chaotic age, where uncanny fictions infest geography and sprout visceral monsters, and radical otherness may be a way to resist inside the catastrophe.