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V/A - Speaking And Listening

"Speaking And Listening is a book conceived by the artists Yann SérandourFélicia AtkinsonJulien Bismuth, and the curator Sophie Kaplan, revolving around questions of narrative, listening and improvisation. It is the last episode in the cycle While I was also listening [...], developed in 2017 and 2018 at La Criée contemporary art center in Rennes, which included in-house and off-site events in the form of exhibitions, events, and residencies. At the art center, five group and solo exhibitions with their associated events succeeded and dialogued with one another, providing both specific and general perspectives onto different forms of narration. The cycle was accompanied by an extra muros program that unfolded at different times and in different locations: concomitant residencies in Bretagne and the US, a project of research/action at the Kandinsky Library of the Musée national d'art Moderne in Paris, a period of research at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and a series of events in Los Angeles and New York (Human Resources, County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Artist's Institute and Emily Harvey Foundation, New York). In the continuum of these experiences, the book has been designed to be a distinct voice, generating new contents appropriate to the medium. The book is centered around a long unpublished transcript of a talk poem by the American poet and performance artist David Antin, entitled framing and being framed. Adding to the corpus of Antin's works, this typically autobiographical text reveals Antin's eloquent use of quotidian events to philosophical ends. The contributions that respond to Antin's text are themselves innovative, composed by poets, thinkers and artists from different generations and nationalities, linked by their common interest in investigating questions of orality, listening, narrative, transmission, improvisation, translation, utterance and enunciation. speaking and listening thus defines the contours of a transatlantic and intergenerational scene, for whom the work of art -- in dialogue with its viewers, readers, and listeners -- is an object to be redefined, retold and replayed again and again. Features: David Antin, François J. BonnetDavid Horvitz, Julien Bismuth, Yann Sérandour, Hanne LippardChristian Xatrec, Félicia Atkinson, Christine Sun KimCharles Bernstein, and Sophie Kaplan. 240 pp. thread-sewn softcover with flaps; Size: 170x227mm; Language(s): English." - Shelter Press.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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