Necessary Questions Adrian Piper

Published by Unbidden Tongues / Publication Studio, Rotterdam, 2021, 44 pages (b/w ill.), 20 × 23.5 cm, English

Price: €9

Consisting of an internal report written by conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper in 1998, Necessary Questions takes Wellesley College, Massachusetts—where she was then on staff—as a case study in institutional racism and neglect. As such, the report could be read simply as an administrative document, though one drenched in meticulously clear advice that could still be, despite being written twenty-three years ago, taken up on a glaringly universal level. Yet the role it went on to play in Piper’s life proves it’s not just a context-specific document, but an all-too-real example of exactly what it stood against: the ways in which the langue of protocol and the false façade of civility are utilised as tactics to ensure that one stays in their place.

It is the third title from Unbidden Tongues, a series edited by Isabelle Sully that focuses on previously produced yet relatively uncirculated work by cultural practitioners busy with questions surrounding civility and civic life—particularly so in relation to language.

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Ginger&Piss #5: Audience

Published by Kunstverein Publishing, Amsterdam, 2020, 20 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 19 × 20 cm, English

Price: €15

Kunstverein’s in-house magazine is a cross between an academic journal and a darts club newsletter. Each issue contains a limited amount of contributions that vary in length according to the subject matter at hand. The remit of ‘Ginger&Piss’​ is simple: to provide a platform for candid critique but at the same time allow the author to stay hidden. Therefore, each contributor writes under a pseudonym. This issue takes the topic of ‘audience’ as its starting point and seeks to serve two aims: on the one hand it provides unfabricated answers to questions about who Kunstverein’s audience really is (or is not, yet!) via an online survey developed by the editors, Reinier Klok and Isabelle Sully, and on the other it attempts to bring to the surface the many factors that can complicate statistical reasoning in the first place.

#2020 #ginger&piss #isabellesully #kunstvereinamsterdam #kunstvereinpublishing #marchollenstein #reinierklok
GINGER&PISS #5: AUDIENCE – Launch token

Published by Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2020, card, 5 × 7 cm, English

Price: €1

Produced on the occasion of the launch of the Ginger&Piss #5: Audience.

Kunstverein’s in-house magazine is a cross between an academic journal and a darts club newsletter. Each issue contains a limited amount of contributions that vary in length according to the subject matter at hand. The remit of ‘Ginger&Piss’​ is simple: to provide a platform for candid critique but at the same time allow the author to stay hidden. Therefore, each contributor writes under a pseudonym.

#2020 #ephemera #ginger&piss #isabellesully #kunstvereinamsterdam #marchollenstein #reinierklok
INDEX Andrew Long

Published by Andrew Long, Melbourne, 2015, 8 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €8

Produced on the occasion of Sway by Andrew Long held at TCB art inc., Melbourne, 15 April – 2 May, 2015. Text by Isabelle Sully and Andrew Long, with photographs by Andrew Read. Designed by Robert Milne.

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Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking and Censorship Karen Brodine

Published by Unbidden Tongues / Publication Studio, Rotterdam, 2020, 32 pages (b/w ill.), 14 × 22.5 cm, English

Price: €8

Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking and Censorship is a two-part collection of poems by typesetter, activist and poet Karen Brodine. First published posthumously in 1990 as a reflection on her life as a typesetter, union organiser and lesbian, this series of ‘work poems’ chronicles labour struggles, both personal and collective, and draws on her experience growing up surrounded by socialist feminists immediately following the wrath of McCarthyism.

It is the second title from Unbidden Tongues, a series edited by Isabelle Sully that focuses on previously produced yet relatively uncirculated work by cultural practitioners busy with questions surrounding civility and civic life—particularly so in relation to language.

#2020 #isabellesully #karenbrodine #poetry #publicationstudio #unbiddentongues
Introverse Arrangements Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

Published by Unbidden Tongues / Publication Studio, Rotterdam, 2020, 28 pages (b/w ill.), 11 × 18.5 cm, English

Price: €6

Introverse Arrangements is centred on the work of German artist Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt who, despite only recently garnering attention for her work, is most known for a period of geometric and poetic typewriter drawings produced between the 1970s and 1990 while employed as an administrator for the German Democratic Republic.

Unbidden Tongues is a series edited by Isabelle Sully that focuses on previously produced yet relatively uncirculated work by cultural practitioners busy with questions of civility and civic life—particularly so in relation to language.

#2020 #concretepoetry #isabellesully #publicationstudio #ruthwolfrehfeldt #unbiddentongues