SEA URCHIN NEWS
04.11.2022

Sèrge Charchoune - Foule immobileNew in our Moloko Print catalogue:

Sèrge Charchoune – Foule immobile

Visual artist and author Serge Charchoune (Sergey Scharshun) was born in Russia in 1888 but lived most of his life in France, where he died in 1975. Charchoune fled to Paris when he deserted from the Russian army in 1912. After initially having become involved in Cubism in Paris, his attention turned to Dadaism when he got in touch with André Breton, Max Ernst, Tristan Tzara and Francis Picabia after his return from Barcelona, where he had sought refuge from World War I. The foundation of his own Dada faction in Paris failed miserably, however, and Charchoune’s most important contribution to Dada remains his poem Foule immobile, translated from Russian into French with the help of Philippe Soupault. Foule immobile is a dadaist anthem in 9 rounds for 25 voices. According to Felix Philipp Ingold’s introduction the polyphonic piece resembles early surrealist cadavre exquis experiments. Illustrated by Charchoune himself, the piece appeared in print in 1921 but, despite the fact that it was meant to be sung, was never performed. In 1922 Charchoune travelled to Berlin with the intention to return to Russia. In the German capital he founded his own Dada cell, had an exposition at Herwarth Walden’s Der Sturm gallery, met fellow-artists Theo van Doesburg and El Lissitzky but does not appear to have been in touch with the radical Berlin dadaists of the period. Repelled by stories of the horrors of the Russian Revolution, he decided to return to Paris in 1923. There he followed his own artistic path, inspired by Dadaism, Surrealism and Constructivism and published some forty books between 1924 and 1975, the year of his death.

Foule immobile has now been published facsimile by Moloko Plus with an additional first German translation and a translation of Charcoune’s essay Dadaism, written and published in 1922 during his stay in Berlin to inspire the large number of Russian ex-pats living there at the time. Together they make another fine Moloko Plus edition, now also available via Sea Urchin. “Sing ye brothers and end this miserable thing”, as the late Captain Beefheart would recommend. Order now


 

04.11.2022

Acidic Male - Rat-Spirited DwellerNew cassette by Acidic Male:

Acidic Male – Rat-Spirited Dweller

Puck Schot (1994) was trained as a visual artist at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Apart from her work as an artist, filmmaker, performer and poet she has explored electronic music under the moniker Acidic Male since 2019. In her music and performances she manages to combine personal and intimate themes with industrial noise, heavy beats and violent poetry, while at the same time exploring shifts in standard gender roles. Together with fellow-artist RJM Vanderheyden she also forms the duo Vot’ress, who in their music combine field recordings, noise and Shakespearean texts. Acidic Male regularly performs as a DJ as well.

According to Dead Channel Records Acidic Male’s album Rat-Spirited Dweller “delivers five tracks that relentlessly drag you through the dust, grease and glister, through the speed of ritual and violent meditation. Twisting distorted voices with industrial sounds, this caustic EP lays bare Acidic Male’s self-embodiment of dirt.” Sea Urchin distributes the very last available copies of this fine release.
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29.10.2022

A Hornbook for Witches (Stories & Poems for Halloween)New in our Collectible catalogue:

A Hornbook for Witches – Stories & Poems for Halloween read by Vincent Price

A Hornbook for Witches: Poems of Fantasy is a collection of poems by Leah Bodine Drake. It was published by Arkham House in 1950 in an edition of 553 copies only. An audiobook by the same name was released in 1976, read by American actor Vincent Price (1911-1993). It contains four poems by Drake (A Hornbook for Witches, Witches on the Heath, All Saints Eve, and The Ballad of the Jabberwock) as well as other material. The audio was originally released as both LP and on cassette by Caedmon. Caedmon Records was a pioneer in the audiobook business, it was the first company to sell spoken-word recordings to the public and has been called the seed of the audiobook industry. Caedmon was founded in New York in 1952 by college graduates Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney. The label’s first release was a collection of poems by Dylan Thomas as read by the author. The company went on to record other notable writers reading their own works, such as W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and many more. The label expanded further to encompass other types of spoken-word recordings, including children’s stories, speeches, plus English- and foreign-language classics. Raytheon, which also owned D. C. Heath and Company, bought Caedmon in 1971. Harper & Row (now HarperCollins) purchased the label in 1987. Order now


 

12.10.2022

herman de vries - to be all ways to beNew in our Collectible catalogue:

herman de vries – to be all ways to be

Herman de Vries (1931), who prefers to have his name spelled ‘herman de vries’ to avoid hierarchy in capital and lower case letters, was trained as a gardener in the early 1950s. After a spell as an agricultural worker in France, De Vries worked in Wageningen at the Institute for Research Plant Diseases from 1952 to 1956. During that period he started his long and fertile practice as an artist. The monochrome and informal paintings from that initial period herald his later works, which ban all personal connotations and embrace chance as a formative principle. During a later spell at the Institute for Applied Biological Research in Nature, Arnhem (1961-68), De Vries became affiliated with the Dutch zero (nul) group, took part in the nul exhibition at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and co-founded the magazine nul=0. The focus of his work slightly shifted from zero to the relationship between man and nature in the 1980s. Always trying to achieve total objectivity, De Vries brings forward nature as truth and natural processes as beauty. Reduced to their essence, De Vries’s art, installations and serial works form lucid statements. The artist, currently living in Germany, represented The Netherlands at The Venice Biennale in 2015.

to be all ways to be was published on the occasion of the artist’s presentation at the Dutch Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, 2015. The main body of the book is formed by a richly illustrated dialogue between the artist and Jean-Hubert Martin about the show at the Dutch Pavilion. With an introduction by Birgit Donker, at the time director of the Mondriaan Fund, an essay by art historians Cees de Boer and Colin Huizing and an extensive biography, this edition gives a comprehensive overview of de vries’s work and underlying concepts. The condition of this copy is excellent and clean: as new. Order now


 

09.10.2022

Joglars Volume 1, Number 2New zine in our Collectible catalogue:

Joglars Volume 1, Number 2 (1964)

“The first push towards Joglars came in the summer of 1963 at Vancouver in Warren Tallman’s kitchen. Charles Olson was telling a bunch of young poets how we ought to start a magazine to publish poets’ correspondence, specifically that between Charles and Bob Creeley. So Fred Wah, Michael Palmer, and I began discussing a possible three-way editorship. But when we all got home the plan broke in two, Fred starting Sum in New Mexico and Michael and I Joglars from Cambridge (MP) and Providence (CC). We did the first two issues together and then I did the third one myself when Michael went to Europe. The title came from Michael, and his interest in the Troubadours. Like most starting poets I think we wanted primarily to find and show more of the work we were fascinated with (it was such a rich period, compared to now) plus get in touch with the poets who were writing it. Issue 3 shows my increasing interest in the younger New York School poets, and a brief brush with the Concrete movement. And now it strikes me as odd that we didn’t publish Olson in the magazine. Or Creeley. A life of its own.” (Editor Clark Coolidge in 1997)

Joglars Volume 1, Number 2 was published by Clark Coolidge and Michael Palmer in the Winter of 1964. Among the 16 contributors to this short-lived literary magazine are Stan Brakhage, Fielding Dawson, Piero Heliczer, Gary Snyder and Michael Palmer himself. The artwork was provided by Nicholas Dean, Fielding Dawson and Betsy Garrett Bang. The cover of this copy has some sticker damage and shelf wear but otherwise it’s in very good condition. Order now