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Call and Response by Christian Marclay & Steve Beresford
Beresford’s scores both embody and serve as counterpoint to Marclay’s haunted images of an emptied London … these magical, sometimes even playful, pairings are one answer to the question of how to connect in a world of dislocation and isolation.

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✼ events:

Hooray! Siglio will be returning to Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair (October 13-16) for the 11th time (12th if you count the virtual fair in 2021—which we don’t, but we do).

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excerpts

MEMORy — by Bernadette Mayer: July 15, 1971: “what century & in what city do you see & do you see a faster way, find a faster way to get to the line that goes in all directions flame no continuing space a space to live in flame

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the improbable

No. 1 Time Indefinite Ann Lauterbach: “I want to ask our imaginations to allow for a generative leap across boundaries and borders, so that we begin to escape from the singularity of our identities…”

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✼ plaudit:

“Innovative and kaleidoscopic … This wondrous work does justice to a boundless artist.” Starred review at Publishers Weekly of WHAT IS NOW KNOWN WAS ONCE ONLY IMAGINED, An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle by Nicole Rudick.

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Rock of Eye by Troy Montes-Michie  |  Rooted in opacity and seek[ing] to evade a kind of visual capture—the need for Black men to be pinned down or stripped bare … it revels in contradiction, ambivalence, beauty, queerness, time, and place. —Alta Journal

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THE HOTEL by Sophie Calle  |  You do not read The Hotel: you step into it, lie down, feel and smell the personal items of the unwitting guests Calle, posing as a maid … documented with her camera and daily writing. —Frieze

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Cover of The Hotel by Sophie Calle, Siglio.

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What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle by Nicole Rudick  |  Saint Phalle wrote nothing for this book, and yet this book is written by her. Embracing that contradiction, Rudick enables the artist to speak for herself. —Bookforum

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THE SADDEST THING IS THAT I HAVE HAD TO USE WORDS: A Madeline Gins Reader, edited by Lucy Ives  |  For anyone who wants to experience directly the uncharted regions of inner and outer space in which language, perception, thought, and image play freely… —Adrian Piper

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✼ affinities:

“I can not understand how you … would publish such filth. The book cost $39.95. This was not works of art.”

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reviews

From the archives  |  Ray Johnson Reviews + Ray Johnson Reviewed: “The Paper Snake is copyrighted, I don’t know why—that seems excessive caution.”

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reviews

The Millions  |  BOUGH DOWN by Karen Green: It resists naming her dead husband, the author, or his texts — making him, instead, her own shadow figure” —Suzanne Scanlon

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✼ natalie’s upstate weather report:

Relentlessly stormy with brief bouts of sunshine as the melancholy of fall sets in. We’re all about the dummies here (and proofs), preparing to send off HC’s I Will Keep My Soul to press. Meanwhile, our publisher LP (who will not be bullied) is continuing testimony on zoom at a court in Lithuania (wish her luck!). And like a rocket with a countdown, we’ve launched this website! Thank you, TG & JG of ES!

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