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Alys Longley: Radio Strainer




The book is part of the kinaesthetic archive project which experiments with how the mobile, textured, abstract and kinaesthetic thinking that occurs in performance research might be articulated through different kinds of writing practices. Artist books perform a series of page works. Abstract qualities that are central in practice-led research such as felt affect, physical tone, texture, space, intuitive sensing and the porousness of touch are evoked through a poetic written register that also attends to the choreography and materiality of the page. The accompanying essay discusses practice-led and critical issues that contextualised the creative process of choreographic writing. Writing has been cast as monstrous – or at least violent- in its ability to disfigure, maim and destroy the life of the live arts. This project explores writing that is coextensive with dance practice, in relation to critical theory that engages with writing as performance.

The Radio Strainer text is set in the font Avenir. Non-transparent pages are printed on 100% recycled fibre, coloured with water soluble vegetable dyes and are not bleached or de-inked.

Each book is composed individually by the author, in different experiments with sequence. Some books are organised around narrative, some chronology of when texts first emerged, some in relation to colour, some with the sense of palimpsest between transparent and standard paper. Other versions are organised around qualities of dramaturgy, text or character. This edition of Radio Strainer is printed in a limited edition of 40 copies.

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