A party for ten years of Siglio + the new Dick Higgins book!

Events

November 21st, 2018

 

Join us to celebrate ten years of Siglio Press and the release of

 

Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins, edited by Steve Clay and Ken Friedman

 

at the newly opened (and exquisitely curated) The Brother in Elysium Books

 

Saturday, December 15, 5-8 p.m.

The Brother in Elysium Books |  48 Broadway, Tivoli, NY  |  p: 845-757-1155

 

There are few art-world figures as influential—and as little known—as Dick Higgins (1938-1998), co-founder of Fluxus, “polyartist,” poet, scholar, theorist, composer, performer and, not least, the publisher of the Something Else Press. In 1965 he restored the term “intermedia” to the English language, giving it new dimension to recognize the dissolution of boundaries, the expansion of liminal spaces between traditional modes of art making, and the open field for new forms that cannot be compartmentalized. His own contributions to intermedia are many—as a participant and instigator of Happenings, as writer and composer straddling traditional and vanguard forms, among others—but it was the Something Else Press (1963-1974) that redefined how “the book” could inhabit that energized, in-between space.

Something Else Press was as much a critical statement and radical experiment as it was a collection of books by some of the most luminary artists and writers of the twentieth century: Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Ray Johnson, Dieter Roth, Bern Porter, Emmett Williams, Robert Filliou, George Brecht, among many others. Along with his Great Bear pamphlet series and the Something Else Press newsletter, Higgins exploited and subverted conventional book production and marketing strategies to get unconventional and avant-garde works into the hands of new and often unsuspecting readers.

Since its inception, Siglio has been deeply influenced by Dick Higgins, his concept of “intermedia” and the Something Else Press. To mark the anniversaries of Higgins’s birth (1938) and death (1998), Siglio is publishing this long overdue compendium of Higgins’s essays, theoretical writings and narrative prose—Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins—judiciously edited by Granary Book publisher Steve Clay and Fluxus artist and scholar Ken Friedman. Clay and Friedman have chosen works that illuminate his voracious intellectual appetite, encyclopedic body of knowledge, and playful yet rigorous experimentation in a selection that includes many writings long out-of-print or difficult to find.

Located in the center of New York’s Hudson Valley, The Brother In Elysium Books is a bookstore with a focus in poetry, literature, art, design, photography and film. They specialize in used and out of print books, and also carry a tight selection of new books. The space is also home to The Brother In Elysium publishing imprint and letterpress studio, and hosts film screenings, poetry readings, and art events.

Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins along with a selection of Siglio titles will be available at the party.

PDF invite here. (RSVP appreciated, but not required: lisa (at) sigliopress (dot) com)

 

 

 

 

 

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