Siglio Advocate 2021

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This year’s Siglio Advocate subscription is four books—The Hotel by Sophie Calle and Rock of Eye by Troy Montes-Michie which ship now, along with a backlist* title of your choice. The last, Call and Response by Christian Marclay and Steve Beresford, will go out as soon it arrives, later this month or early January.

Why subscribe? Not only do Advocates get benefits — free shipping and a substantial discount for this year’s books, 30% off purchases of backlist titles* and 20% off limited edition orders of $250 — Advocates make a direct contribution to the health and longevity of the press, particularly in the face of the unprecedented challenges of the last two years. A subscription is a vote of confidence. A subscription says: Yes! To readers who are drawn to books that are deeply resistant to algorithms, easy categorization, and seven-word tag lines. Yes! To books by artists and writers that are truly risk-taking and worth taking the risk for.

Since its inception over thirteen years ago, Siglio has seen publishing itself as an act of resistance to the literal, the authoritarian and the facile (see the Siglio manifesto “On the Small and Contrary”). Siglio Advocates are essential to our ability to continue this mission, so thank you for subscribing.

Lisa Pearson, publisher

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A little about Call and Response by Christian Marclay and Steve Beresford

Due to supply chain issues, this book will now be released in Spring 2022, but 2021 Advocates will get their copy of this book in December.

Known for his ability to locate music and sound in the most unexpected contexts, artist Christian Marclay began photographing the emptied London streets when the world shut down in the spring of 2020. He found the quiet—the absence of all the city sounds—both haunting and peaceful. On his daily walks, he began to imagine that there might be music in the landscape. He snapped a photo of an iron gate adorned with decorative white balls as it reminded him of a musical score. He sent it to his friend, the composer Steve Beresford, and asked: “How would this sound on the piano?” Steve responded a few hours later with a recording. He took more photographs which inspired more music. This volume, reminiscent in shape and material to a music composition book, presents twenty calls (photographs) and twenty responses (scores). In his introduction, Marclay writes, “I realized that all my pictures were of enclosures: gates, fences, windows, closed stores. A view of the world behind barriers.” Their dialogue in image and sound breaks through those barriers, connecting across a locked-down city, reflecting the world at-large and the imagination within.