HERE TO HELP! (within reason) Soft Book Launch (for Real Heads) JBSB Classroom, CalArts May 12 / 5PM / JBSB Classroom.
CalArts People, the first event heralding the coming of John P. Hogan's book Here to Help! (within reason) is arriving at your shores next week....
John P. Hogan (aka John Hogan, the Studio & Gallery Manager) will be doing a lecture with selected readings from his forthcoming book HERE TO HELP! (Within Reason). The book is a collection of 16 years' worth of Studio & Gallery Management flyers produced in the service of CalArts, created in collaboration with Dameon Waggoner and published by Insert Press, featuring essays by yours truly, Michael Ned Holte and Molly Jo Shea. Come walk down memory lane with your favorite campus crank, and while you're there, buy a copy of his book!
We have been sifting thru the archives over the past months and archiving some our early chapbook publications as well as preparing special selections of material from our early days, especially for you!
We've discounted a number of vintage publications and are offering some of them for sale here for the first time!
still fromNotAMuse (Unknown Artist, vol. 2) (5:35), Julie Orser, 2020-2021.
Text a Love a Muse
2220 Arts + Archives Friday 19 November, 8:00 PM PST Tickets Free at the door orRSVP Online
A portion of the program may be viewed online at the links below.
Grunts and groans, nonsensical chanting and para-language, or simple words read off a teleprompter directly to camera—we give meaning to the text and the text gives meaning to us. We breath in and exhale the joyful noise of ongoing production, the fiddling and tweaking of an ephemeral presence that is intimated yet eludes resolution. All or nothing—words in the mouth of another. What once was, is no longer—tragic… but good! In the meantime, we’ll play our little game. Now, what is within our grasp!?
This screening is curated by Mathew Timmons of Insert Blanc Press. Timmons is honored to premiere Love Prose (video edition), 2021, edited by Dan Delboy. The program will also feature a selection of short films by filmmakers and artists, many working in a DIY context, borrowing techniques from contemporary film, and, when needed, enlisting the help of professionals from the film industry.
DJ Kind will be playing sets for the opening, intermission, and for the reception to follow the screening.
Featuring films by Jay Erker, Ben Rodkin, Erica Ryan Stallones, Asher Hartman, Daniel Newman, Julie Orser and Mathew Timmons. Opening and Intermission bumpers, rolling stock and snipes curated from FT Depot collection.
Walk It Out (1:03) Jay Erker, 2013. Originally for Leg Room at Projector Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Joyful Noise (3:35) Mathew Timmons with Joshua Callaghan and Corey Fogel, 2012. Videography, editing, and analog degradation by Ben Rodkin.
Warning: Safe Space (9:41) Erica Ryan Stallones, 2019. A video documenting twelve intimate performances with accompanying interviews commissioned for the exhibition "Code Word Safe" at Fellows of Contemporary Art.
Alfred (26:14) Featuring Michael Bonnabel from The Dope Elf project Asher Hartman and Gawdafful National Theater, 2021.
We welcome you to hollabrate the closing of Familiar Laundry by Jeremy Kennedy at General Projects. Final views for the collection, plus a session of Philosophy Coaching presented by Andrew Choate and Jeremy Kennedy to scrape highlighters over the evening agenda. Kubb, convo, and regular fare are all on deck. Join us for one last baton twirl!
Andrew Choate (voice) / Jeremy Kennedy (musical instruments)
Music is falsely ethereal and proud of it. This performance uses the relationship between coaching and action to coax out an experience of musical activity as relatable, manipulable and unimaginable. Keep your eye on the ball. Actually, just keep the ball. Advice translated.
Familiar Laundry by Jeremy Kennedy:
The exhibition includes a Series of 7 Original Works on Paper and a Limited Edition of hand prepared Archival Inkjet Prints, plus a collection of additional works on paper, sculptural pieces and documents from the artist’s studio, Table Blue.
There will also be a customized kubb (King Tackle) pitch set up in the adjacent Outside Gallery for anyone interested in a match of one of the artist's favorite non-athletic games.
The series of originals and limited edition hand prepared works are available for sale onsite and atinsertblancpress.net.
The installation of Familiar Laundry at General Projects evokes an experience of the artist’s studio, the warmth and welcoming environment as well as the biting humor and caustic wit often found in his extensive collection of works from over the past decade. Kennedy’s multi-disciplinary catalog draws heavily from a core of uniquely designed humor and word-play. Kennedy continually builds, and maintains a heavy focus on the power of collaboration and the importance of relatable conceptual references.
Since the late 1990’s, Jeremy Kennedy (b. 01.01.1980) has been creating and exhibiting art and ideas in both community and academic settings. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2009, the largely self-taught artist spent over a decade living and working in Bloomington, Indiana. His pieces and projects have been featured in publications and journals internationally, and in galleries, streets, backyards, and basements across the U.S. Kennedy is an active sound maker, co-founder and playwright with P/Sicho Street Theatre Company, and he is a founding editor of Rebel Hands Press.
Poetry for Corporationsis a selection of copy written for notable brands between 2000 - 2015, repurposed and arranged in sections on content, form, and correspondence. Stock photography curated by writer Kylie King; design by creative director Wendy Belt. Conceptual, confessional, or constraint-based, there is a place for parroting one’s livelihood toward a content doom in 2018, to remember when humans were encouraged to write like machines, as machines are now asked to have humanity.
Poetry for Corporationsmarks a vanishing era, back when there was no faux #taxbreak. Raw copy deck forms document a moment before AI transitions a livelihood--a time when we became ghosts for corporations, cobbling together taxonomies, disclaimers, word counts based on calculated attention spans, top 10 benign adjectives in some combination that conveyed the essence of a brand.
Most poetry about corporations looks at the phenomena through the lens of disaster capitalism (or more recently, accelerationism).Poetry for Corporationsis the lightly placed disaster (or potential) itself.
“Familiar and ice-cold,Poetry for Corporationsmarks the spot where the second person singular collapses under the volume of false address now aimed its way. ‘Whoops! You failed to make a selection.’ Put this book in a time capsule. Let it document how the post-human world sounded.” —Rae Armantrout
“World building, powered by Bruna Mori, advances the study of immersive and collaborative storytelling as it intersects with emergent technologies. It’s a powerful new narrative process destined to impact the future of entertainment as the richly detailed world becomes a container for countless stories.” —McKenzie Wark
“As should be clear to everyone by now, the original artificial intelligence is that creature called ‘Corporation.’ It speaks to us, at us, through us, and for us, slurping up the training data known as human language.Poetry for Corporations flips the script, parses the source, and minds the gap between advertising copy and what advertising can never copy.” —Julieta Aranda
Insert Blanc Press is currently seeking an assistant editor. Please post and share this widely and be in touch insertpress at gmail dot com
Insert Blanc Press offers you a glimpse into the secret insides of small press art and literary publishing from various different perspectives. As an assistant editor at Insert Blanc you will be at the center of the day-to-day workings of a small press, assisting with editorial decisions, book design and production, copy-editing and proof-reading. You will gain the experience of ushering work from initial idea to fully realized, beautifully produced and finalized project. You will also have the opportunity to assist in event planning for readings and special events. You will gain a holistic perspective of the arts and literary landscape in Los Angeles as well as nationally and further abroad while working on publicity & marketing to promote Insert Blanc Press' various books, art series and other media projects. You will assist in developing print projects through press releases, tracking and logging reviews and you will work with and help to develop the press' media assets to create social media content, web updates and newsletters while building out various networking platforms. You will gain a broad understanding of the publishing world while submitting books and publications for awards and working to increase book sales through developing partnerships with art and literary bookstores worldwide and locally while reaching out to larger institutions to encourage them to support the press and become subscribing members.
Please be in touch thru insertpress at gmail dot com and in a few short paragraphs explain why you want to be an assistant editor for Insert Blanc Press. Interest in contemporary art and literature is a must and so are excellent writing and communication skills. Knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator andor Photoshop and some familiarity with audio/video editing is a big plus. Those with adept abilities in the social media sphere are also sought after.
This position does not require the ability to meet face-to-face, tho it would be nice periodically to do so. Working remotely works for Insert Blanc.
For slightly more detail, here are the three main areas we're looking for assistance with at Insert Blanc Press:
1. Social Media, Marketing and Sales
2. Book reviews, for literary and art books, developing contacts and reviewers.
3. Developing the New Amusements section of Insert Blanc into an online journal.
4. Day to day editing duties - including working thru submissions - substantive editing on accepted manuscripts - and the ever needed editing of projects as they step thru all the steps in the process
Compensation: We would send you all the books - and t-shirts and totes and coffee mugs and etc - also as we work with artists we always reserve some work for the press from each artist and any Assistant Editor would get various Artist Prints and various editions.
We'd be happy to have you join us at Insert Blanc Press
plays by Chelsea Rector and Jeremy Kennedy (DBA: P/Sicho Street Theatre Company)
General Projects Friday December 7th at 7:30pm
An evening of short plays written and directed by Chelsea Rector and Jeremy Kennedy, presented salon style, with special appearances by Rebecca Ramirez, JAM, and Roomba.
As part of General Projects and Outside Gallery's current exhibition Familiar Laundry by Jeremy Kennedy, [We Brought Our Coffee] extends Kennedy's sense of word-play and wit into a collaborative sphere embodied in a collection of short plays co-written with Chelsea Rector.
Insert Blanc Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Guidebookby Astri Swendsrud & Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg. The full color book accompanies the exhibition What Can The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Do For You? at General Projects and Outside Gallery from September 7 to November 4, 2018 and launches on Friday November 2, 2018. The book is now available for Pre-Sale and will begin shipping in early November!
The Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Guidebook, brings together images, texts, excerpts of performance scripts, and printed ephemera from the Semi-Tropic Spiritualist’s previous exhibitions. The book is organized as both a record of the project’s Test Sites from 2012-2018, and as an idiosyncratic guidebook to California’s spiritual history and geography.
The Semi-Tropic Spiritualists have exhibited their installations and performance works at Richard Telles Fine Art, Klowden Mann, The Vincent Price Museum, and Chime & Co. in Los Angeles; Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, CA; and Llano del Rio, CA among other locations. Their work will also be part of the upcoming exhibition Totenpass at Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles, in October 2018. Both artists received their MFAs from CalArts in 2008.