Sea Urchin is a small and independent publishing house that focuses on visionary, hallucinatory, and countercultural literature and art. Sea Urchin publishes both Dutch and English works and is run by Dutch artist Ben Schot.
BOOK BEAT BOOKS
Artist and musician Cary Loren is one of the founding members of the influential artists’ band Destroy All Monsters, and as such worked with artists and musicians like Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Niagara and Ron Asheton. Later projects include The Nightcrawlerz (with Barry Roth) and Monster Island. Cary runs the Book Beat, an independent book store in Michigan, and publishes books and CDs that are firmly rooted in Detroit’s radical and psychedelic counterculture.
INS & OUTS PRESS
Amsterdam-based Ins & Outs Press sprang into being in 1980 as a natural extension of Ins & Outs magazine, the first three issues of which were edited by Eddie Woods and Jane Harvey in 1978. Through their numerous international contacts, Ins & Outs developed into a hotbed of poetry and radical cultural activity in the heart of a town that at the time was going through a rowdy and violent phase in its legendary anti-authoritarian history.
COLD TURKEY PRESS
From 1970 to 1976 visual artist Gerard Bellaart ran his countercultural Cold Turkey Press from Rotterdam. Almost immediately Bellaart managed to win national and international acclaim with Dutch translations of a.o. Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, and English editions of a.o. Sinclair Beiles, Ira Cohen, and Ezra Pound. Bellaart’s Cold Turkey Press has been active again in the past few years.
Mick Farren is known as singer of the legendary British proto-punk band The (Social) Deviants (1967-70), editor of International Times, activist, writer, journalist, and occasional songtext writer for Motörhead, Hawkwind, and Wayne Kramer. In 1970 Farren organised the Phun City Festival which featured a.o. The MC5 and William Burroughs. For his solo album “Mona, the Carnivorous Circus” (1970) Farren was awarded an “approval patch” by the Hell’s Angels.
Artist, writer, curator, theorist, and activist Jean-Jacques Lebel (Paris, 1936) has been a spearhead of the avant-garde and counterculture since the 1950s. Lebel introduced Happenings to Europe, was one of the creative forces behind the May 68 revolt, organised the Festival de la libre Expression (which evolved into the Polyphonix festivals), provided first French translations of works by Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William Burroughs, a.o., and has curated large exhibitions on Francis Picabia, Antonin Artaud, Henri Michaux a.o.
JOHN SINCLAIR BOOKS
John Sinclair and his wife Leni founded the multimedia Detroit Artists’ Workshop in 1964. The anarchist and psychedelic collective radicalised after continuous police harrassment and merged into the White Panther Party after the Detroit riots of 1967. The White Panther Party grew into one of the most radical exponents of the counterculture. In 1969 Sinclair was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for having sold two joints to an undercover FBI agent, but was released two years later after the John Sinclair Freedom Rally (with Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, a/o).
Dämmer Magazine appears at irregular intervals. The radical digital zine is produced in Mulhouse, France and spread by Sea Urchin through email. Subscriptions to the digital zine are free.
Artist Cameron Jamie (1969) has received wide acclaim as a draughtsman, filmmaker, installation artist, and musician. Throughout his work Jamie explores ritualized and sublimated violence. Jamie’s films, drawings, installations, music, and editions form a coherent body of work that taps into the subconscious layers of our societies and combines violence and rawness with elegance and vulnerability.