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the Periodical issue 18

March 31st, 2014 by gileslane
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On November 23rd 1644, 369 years ago, John Milton published his Areopagitica, a speech to the English Parliament calling for unlicensed printing and freedom of expression. Reading it now, in the light of the unfolding Snowden revelations, it is all the more poignant in the face of massive state surveillance of private communications. How far will this act to drive freedom of expression underground? How much will people begin to constrain their thoughts and feelings against an unknowable and invisible censor? Re-reading the Areopagitica now is a reminder that freedom is not a given, but something that each generation must continue to strive for.

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Soho Memoirs

March 14th, 2014 by gileslane
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I’m very excited to announce that we are collaborating with the Museum of Soho to produce a series of Soho Memoirs from materials in their archive. The three initial books are by people who grew up or worked in Soho during the first part of the twentieth century and were recorded or written during the 1980s and early 2000s. As personal remembrances and stories they are steeped in the texture and fabric of the social life of old Soho – something tenuous and precious, yet at the same time time hard and unremitting. What makes these accounts special is not a nostalgia for what has disappeared so much as the living connection they establish to how much continues even now within the community of people who live and work there or whose children attend the last remaining school there.

The three books will be distributed via the Periodical starting in May 2014 – subscribe now to get your copies as well as other treats through your letterbox each month. We will have copies too at a special event at the House of St Barnabas in May organised by MoSoho.

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the Periodical issue 17

February 27th, 2014 by gileslane
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Whisker returns with its third issue under the increasingly assured editorial helm of Hazem Tagiuri. Featuring new work by Joani Reese, FMJ Botham, Kylie Grant, Alex Howard and Hazem himself, its a rich stew that transports the reader to deftly delineated imaginary worlds built of words, impressions and feelings.

From Hazem’s introduction, “Three dots. Three issues. The one you’re reading has been a long, a long time coming. It took a while to find these voices; to find the right words. Pardon the ellipsis”

Whisker is a pocket-sized literary magazine that showcases new poetry and short fiction, often from previously unpublished contributors. It has a tactile sense of merit: instinctive, curious, unconcerned with fixed styles, rigorous entry criteria, or authors’ backstories. Just fresh, fine writing that invokes feeling; that strikes a nerve.

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Revised Short Run Printing Prices for StoryCubes

February 13th, 2014 by gileslane
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Examples of Short Run Printed Original & Medium size StoryCubes

Examples of Short Run Printed Original & Medium size StoryCubes


We are introducing a revised pricing structure for custom StoryCubes ordered via bookleteer’s Short Run printing service.

The new minimum order will be 500 StoryCubes (reduced from 1,000), which can be made up of different designs each printed in multiples of 50 copies (there is a small set-up charge for each design). We now have three price bands based on total quantity ordered : 500-550 cubes; 600 to 950 cubes; and 1000 or more. Shipping rates are indicated as approximations only (please contact us to confirm costs).

Short Run StoryCube Prices 2014

Quantity

Cost Per Cube
Original Size (A4)

Cost Per Cube
Medium Size (A3)

Set Up Per
Cube Design

500-550

£0.80

£1.25

£7.00

600-950

£0.70

£1.10

1000 or more

£0.60

£0.95

 

Shipping Costs (Approximate for 500 cubes)

 

UK

EU

North America

Rest of World

Original (A4)

£15.00

£35.00

£50.00

£70.00

Medium (A3)

£25.00

£70.00

£100.00

£140.00

please contact us to confirm estimate
VAT included where appropriate

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the Periodical issue 16

February 6th, 2014 by gileslane
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A few months ago I met accessibility and sensory design consultant, Alastair Somerville, who was in town to demonstrate using simple and cheap visualisation tools such as the 3Doodler pen. Over coffee we chatted about 3D printing, data manifestation and some of the tools and techniques we’ve each developed. Alastair showed me a material he has been using in wayfinding for people with visual impairments: Zy.chem swell paper, a specially treated material where the black ink ‘swells’ up to create a textured surface. Alastair had been using it to make simple tactile maps and for braille. We both then became excited about the possibilities of using the Zy.chem paper with bookleteer to create simple and low-cost braille and textured publications.

Very soon afterwards Alastair experimented with a wayfunding guide for a project he was working on for the University of Sussex’s new library, The Keep. He sent me a copy printed on the Zy.chem paper which confirmed for me that this was a material with hugely exciting creative potential. I then asked Alastair if he would consider making something special for the Periodical so we could demonstrate this to others. The result is this beautiful guide to Dal Riata, an ancient Scottish kingdom in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll which has some of the most extensive neolithic earthworks and structures in the UK.

Alastair’s book uses the zy.chem paper to impart the texture of some of the neolithic stone features of Dal Riata as well as some maps of significant sites. In addition to the tactile paper, one sheet is also printed on tracing paper, overlaying the bigger map of Scotland and Northern Ireland onto a tactile map of the kingdom of Dal Riata itself, and then providing a ‘mist’ overlaying a section about the disappearance of the kingdom during the Viking raids of the early Middle Ages. At once informative and poetic, it holds its own sense of magic and mystery within its very textures.

Alastair has posted a Vine video:

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the Periodical issue 15

December 20th, 2013 by gileslane
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In a playful mood for Christmas & Hogmanay we’re enclosing our own Play Guide book which accompanies the Outside the Box PlayCubes – three sets of 9 cubes each : Animal Match; Mission Improbable and StoryMaker. Each set is designed for free play and to help you improvise stories and games of your own; no rules, rewards or goals. All 27 cubes can be freely downloaded & printed out from bookleteer. Have fun this Xmas and New Year!

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the Periodical issue 14

November 28th, 2013 by gileslane
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Lost Possessions by Kevin Harris and Martin Dudley explores how, through a series of vignettes, we experience a kind of community through loss of things – gloves, scarves, hats, a bootee, a tie. Things which soon become a common feature of railings, benches and other street furniture, inviting us to speculate on how they became lost. They are temporary moments of connection to unseen and unknown others, drawing us into a consideration of other people’s lives that can never be resolved.

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the Periodical 1st Anniversary

November 12th, 2013 by gileslane
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It’s hard to believe that its been a year since we sent out the first issue of the Periodical, but here we are thirteen months later already planning our 14th issue. In that time we’ve sent out selections from 36 different publications made and shared on bookleteer to our subscribers, as well as special gifts from our own back catalogue of bookworks and other ephemera.

We’re still trying hard to reach 100 subscriptions – the break even point to cover the costs of printing and posting (the latter having risen dramatically this last year), so if you like the idea of receiving beautifully designed and printed books coming through your letterbox each month, the subscribe here.

Meanwhile here’s a little film we made to celebrate the Periodical’s first anniversary.

The Periodical: 1st Year’s Crop from Proboscis on Vimeo.

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the Periodical issue 13

November 5th, 2013 by gileslane
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October’s is the Periodical‘s first anniversary issue and we have two delights,

Projects not Programs by the Institute of Cultural Inquiry is a manifesto by the Los Angeles creative group, the Institute of Cultural Inquiry that caught my eye both for its playful aesthetic and its message of open-ended creative exploration.

The New Wizard of the West by Chauncy Montgomery M’Govern – a special anniversary treat – is an 1899 interview (sourced from fogottenfutures.com) with legendary inventor Nikola Tesla, who died 70 years ago, having transformed the world with his inventions and bequeathed us a magnificent legacy.

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Outside The Box PlayCubes

November 5th, 2013 by gileslane
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We’re now just over halfway through our kickstarter campaign for Outside The Box : a “game engine for your imagination” designed to inspire storytelling and improvise play. We’re trying to raise £4k to manufacture a 1st edition of the complete set to get it into people’s hands and see what they do with it. Its had a slow start but we’re hoping we still may pick up momentum.

Outside The Box has no rules, nothing to win or lose, it simply provides a framework for you to imagine stories and make up your own games. It’s made up of 27 cubes, 3 layers of 9 cubes, each layer being a distinct game : Animal Match, Mission Improbable and StoryMaker. Check out the whole OTB collection of cubes and books on bookleteer.

Animal Match starts out as a puzzle – match up the animal halves to complete the pattern. From there you can make it much more fun : mix the cubes up to invent strange creatures; what would you call them? What would they sound like? How might they move?

Mission Improbable is for role-playing. There are 6 characters: Adventurer, Detective, Scientist, Spy, Storyteller and Superhero, each with 9 tasks. Use them to invent your own games, record your successes in the mission log books or take it to another level by designing your own costumes and props.

StoryMaker incites the telling of fantastical tales : Roll the 3 control cubes to decide how to tell your story, what kind it should be and where to set it. Then use the word cubes as your cue to invent a story on the spot.

Outside The Box began as a side project when illustrator Mandy Tang joined Proboscis. Inspired by the Love Outdoor Play campaign to get more children playing outside, we came up with the idea of using our StoryCube format and our bookleteer self-publishing platform to make a set of cubes that would inspire playfulness. We think its a lovely thing worth getting out into the world – we hope you agree.

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the Periodical issues 11 and 12

September 28th, 2013 by gileslane
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After our holiday break in August the Periodical bounces back with issues 11 and 12. I am really proud to present two books made as part of a pilot project I took part in last year in Papua New Guinea:

I was invited by anthropologist James Leach to work with villagers from Reite and Sarangama on PNG’s Rai Coast to test our Diffusion eBook format (using waterproof paper) to devise a simple method for recording and sharing local knowledge in the rainforest. One book is a collection of scanned notebooks made by the villagers, with additional English translations; the other is an overview of the experiment in both Tok Pisin (PNG’s pidgeon lingua franca) and English. Two other books of scanned notebooks by villagers are also available online and to download in the TEK Notebooks Collection

As the overview book explains, our project is to devise a cheap and easy to use toolkit that village people can use to record and share (where desired) not just their Traditional Ecological Knowledge, but their Cultural Knowledge too. A toolkit designed to accommodate the exigencies of the jungle and the rainforest and that, as far as possible, is technology agnostic. These books demonstrate how sheets of widely available waterproof paper can be made into simple booklets that can be written or drawn on as well as having pictures or photos stuck on and can then be scanned and shared online via a platform like bookleteer. Where the hand of a local person is often lost in the recording and transcribing of traditional knowledge, these books show an alternative strategy that can be used to assist people document and share knowledge in their own style and way – not requiring complex technologies on the ground that can fail or get broken because of environment conditions.

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Treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too. We need 28 more subscribers to surpass the ‘break even goal’ of 100 subscriptions – with free copies of artists bookworks created by Proboscis for every new annual subscriber from our back catalogue of projects.

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the Periodical issue 10

July 29th, 2013 by gileslane
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Issue 10 is winging its way to subscribers across the land (and sea and air). This month I have selected another wonderful book by Gair DunlopDispersals – documenting the pathos of an RAF airbase, RAF Coltishall, in the process of its abandonment and closure. Dispersals is the latest in Gair’s ongoing exploration of the “military pastoral complex”. Like his works on Atom Town and Bletchley Park, he captures the romance of residue and impending dereliction whilst concurrently hinting at the industrial scale of human effort that populated and worked these landscapes. His images are full of longing and absence, resignation to their fate, almost as if they had just emerged from a fog of Nepenthe, bringing forgetfulness of all ills.

Browse Gair’s other bookleteer books here

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Treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too. We need 28 more subscribers to surpass the ‘break even goal’ of 100 subscriptions – with free copies of artists bookworks created by Proboscis for every new annual subscriber from our back catalogue of projects.

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the Periodical issue 9

July 2nd, 2013 by gileslane
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Issue 9 has flown the coop and should have landed on doorsteps across the country. Once again we have two new offerings for subscribers in this month’s package, both from a special activity we ran at this year’s Soho Food Feast. The Food Feast is an annual event which raises much needed funds for Soho’s only primary school, Soho Parish. “We Are All Food Critics” gets the children themselves to taste and review many of the delicious and exotic dishes on offer from the many chefs and restaurants who take part. Introduced by Fay Maschler, restaurant critic of the Evening Standard, the children are asked to consider the food through the five senses : sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. The resulting reviews are honest, funny, imaginative and often charming, and we have selected 18 of them for this year’s book (you can compare them with last year’s here)

We Are All Food Critics : A Selection of Reviews

Soho Food Feast 2013 : Food Critics Notebook

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Bob & Roberta Smith Audio CD give away!

June 11th, 2013 by gileslane
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Each month we select something special from our back catalogue of projects and publications to giveaway as a special extra for new (annual) subscribers to the Periodical. This month we have unearthed an audio CD made by Bob and Roberta Smith for our 2004 project, Navigating History – “Before the TV There Was the Piano” – 20 songs written and performed by Bob. From the back cover,

“Bob Smith sings songs upon the piano in the manner of an absurdist Victorian seaside entertainer then attends the funeral of ‘Lord Charlie Banks’. Can you do ‘The Shepway Shag’?”

We have just 24 copies to give away – on a first come, first served basis. Subscribe now and get your hands on this fabulous and rare collection of ditties.

Open Studio Days at Proboscis
On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd between 12noon-8pm we are hosting an open studio for people to visit us at Proboscis. There will be works for sale (such as drawing and artworks from various projects) as well as special offers on many of our publications, freebies (for braving our infamous stairs to the 4th floor garret) and extra special gifts for people subscribing to the Periodical on the day (complete sets of the RCA CRD Research Studio publications or complete sets of COIL journal of the moving image). Everyone is welcome (N.B. the studio is not wheelchair accessible) – please drop us a line if you would like to come and visit.

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the Periodical issue 8

June 4th, 2013 by gileslane
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Issue 8 is out! This month we have two new offerings for subscribers – our first digitised version of a Field Work sketchbook by Canadian artist Joyce Majiski, and issue two of Hazem Tagiuri’s magazine for new poetry and short fiction, Whisker.

Mexico 2013 by Joyce Majiski
Artist Joyce Majiski lives in the Yukon, Canada and made this Field Work sketchbook whilst on a trip to Mexico this year. Combining collage with drawings, notes and narrative, it is a gorgeous example of how bookleteer can transform a unique, handwritten notebook into something that can be shared online and in print.

Whisker Issue Two by Hazem Tagiuri
Issue two of Hazem’s magazine showcasing new poetry and short fiction features contributions from
James Cramphorn, Daisy Leigh, Hazem Tagiuri, Nick Taylor and Hope Whitmore.

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