For the third time Florian Günther and Michael Dressel have teamed up to publish a book under the wings of Moloko Plus. But where Moloko’s Aus der Traum in 2017, followed by Aus dem hoch Parterre in 2019, appeared in German only, a choice of Günther’s poems from these two books – and from earlier publications by other presses – has now been translated into English. Combined with new photographs by street photographer Michael Dressel they form the bilingual edition Remnants of Life / Ein Rest von Leben that Moloko Plus published early in 2021. For English readers a first opportunity to get acquainted with the work of this streetwise duo and get real with it. Read more & order now →
New album from Slowscan:
Rod Summers (Dorset, 1943) is a conceptual artist, poet and archivist based in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Influenced by early Fluxus and Joseph Beuys in particular, Summers turned to audio experiments, mail art and performances in the 1960s and 1970s, in which the dividing line between the artist’s life and art gradually dissolved. Summers started putting together VEC Audio Exchange cassettes in the late 1970s, which became central to his mail art exchanges. Over the years the ever-expanding VEC Archives that grew from Summers’ mail art exchanges and the meticulous way that he documents his archives have now become a work of art themselves. Furthermore, the VEC archives have served as a rich source for Summers’ activities as a publisher of CDs, magazines, multiples, postcards and other editions. Over the years Summers’ extensive international network has spawned numerous colloborations with like-minded artists such as Vittore Baroni, Tom Winter and Johan Everaerts.
Mythen is a beautiful selection of recordings of performances and field recordings by Summers from 1980, 1982, 1983 and 2014, compiled on 12″ vinyl by Slowscan in 2021.
New from Slowscan:
Slowscan Vol. 53 is a double LP, of which the first is a remastered version of Kosugi’s New York, August 14, 1991 recording. This recording orginally appeared on cassette as part of the Slowscan Fluxus Anthology box set in 1994 and as a 12″ vinyl in 2019. The second LP contains Unnamed Information (I, II, III), a recording of a live improvisation by Takehisa Kosugi and Ted Szànto at Bellevue Theatre, Amsterdam on 12 June, 1979.
New from Moloko Plus:
‘Basically, nothing is okay. Not the world, not life, and certainly not us humans. I am writing about that. I am a simple person with simple thoughts and write in simple words and in simple sentences to be simply understood.’ Ron Hard doesn’t mince words when he debunks and deconstructs bourgeois values and false positiveness in his poems. Preferring authenticity over lyricism and content over form, his freeform poetry radiates rebellion and nihilism but for an undercurrent of sympathy and understanding of man in his existential struggle in a universe void of meaning. Hard’s alcohol drenched poems, inspired by and sometimes literally referring to Charles Bukowski, provoke, swear and yell at the reader but always manage to stay warm and keep a sense of humour. In that respect Michael Blümel’s illustrations in the Moloko compilation Der Schrei des Hummers (The Scream of the Lobster) form a perfect companion to Hard’s hardstoff poems, which were beautifully packaged by designers Andrea Lühr and Robert Schalinski for Moloko Plus.
German poet Ron Hard was born in 1949 and has lived in Bad Dürkheim (between Mannheim and Kaiserslautern) since 2010. After having done a string of odds jobs, such as taxi driver, singer in a rockband, salesman, barkeeper and photographer, he concentrated on writing some ten years ago. ‘After having gone bankrupt in 2008-2009 I finally gave my arse a rest and set my soul free by writing. I won’t stop until I’ve reached Nirvana’, Hard explains. Order now →
Every time I say goodbye to painting the words come back. And every time the words run dry the paint once again runs down my fingers like sweat along the spine. And every time I cry a little. But o how tender the vendor of pearls. How terrific and tough as nails and splendid like the ocean. I turn away from the brushes. Time to kick the letters around. (liner notes by Harry Hoogstraten)