Spike Island

Artists' Book and Zine Fairwith music and performances till 9pm


Saturday 8 October 2011, 12–5pm


Free, no booking required

Event type


Again, A Time Machine ends with a bang as the galleries are taken over by purveyors of artists’ books, zines and other ephemera. Over thirty international publishers, artists’ projects and collectives working across the fields of art, design, illustration, literature, philosophy and politics descend on Bristol for this very special event.

A series of workshops, screenings, talks and impromptu reading groups punctuate the day and extend into the evening. These include The Happy Hypocrite: Miniature Essay, a series of collaborative performances co-hosted by Maria Fusco and Spike Associates. Carlisle/Bristol based record label Motive Sounds provides musical entertainment till late. Free posters, part of Jonathan Monk's A Poster Project, are available to pick up for one day only, and you can contribute your own work to the day's events: submissions of text and images are invited for publication through Steven Paige's Bibliophile project

12-5pm, Gallery 2
Book launches and projects at stalls include:
  • Jonathan Monk's A Poster Project, free artist's posters
  • THEARTISTSBOOKANEWHISTORY by Michael Hampton, Banner Repeater
  • Lemonade by David Berridge and ' ' by Julia Calver, LemonMelon
  • Wrong Way? Four Experiments by Sophie Hope, Cultural Democracy Editions
  • Steven Paige's Bibliophile, publishing and distributing submitted works
  • Plenty Projects screening station: Notes from Sensible Theatres with Mikko Canini, Annabel Frearson, Clare Gasson, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Heather Phillipson, Gail Pickering and Tai Shani
  • Åbäke screening: binders Fox and Hi (2010)
  • The Piracy Project reading area
  • XeroX Library: copies of The Xerox Book by Jack Wendler and Seth Siegelaub, 1968.
12-1.50pm, gallery perimeter
Screening of Facing Pages
by James Langdon and Stuart Whipps (2011), 16mins (looped)

1pm, Associates Space
"Notes on Theatre as Political Form" 
Pil and Galia Kollectiv in conversation with Bridget Crone

We're united in a skepticism towards the naturalisation of theatre, and as such as we don't go... but instead, we think theatre and the theatrical as a way to work through ideas of liveness, action, text, breaks and intervals.Join us for a conversation on theatricality in contemporary art practice. We will focus on the potential for theatre as a nascent political form – the arresting of bodies and text in the moment of performance.

Pil and Galia Kollectiv are London based artists, writers and curators working in collaboration.  Bridget Crone is a curator and writer.
2pm, gallery perimeter
Miniature Essay: Happy Hypocrite readings hosted by Maria Fusco and Spike Associates
A series of back to back ten minute performances by Homeland, LOW PROFILE,Samuel Hasler, Sophie Hope, Bridget Penney, Steven Paige
3-3.50pmpm, gallery perimeter 
Screening of Facing Pages
James Langdon and Stuart Whipps (2011), 16mins (looped)
3.30pm, Associates Space
"You Make Me Want to Die in the Countryside - A Meditation on Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad" 
A presentation and short screening by artist Liv Bugge presented by Torpedo Press
4pm, gallery perimeter
Miniature Essay: Happy Hypocrite readings hosted by Maria Fusco and Spike Associates
A series of back to back ten minute performances by Francesco Pedraglio, Barry Sykes, Clare Thornton, Marie Toseland, David Berridge, Julia Calver, The Piracy Project
5.30-9pm, Spike Café
Motive Sounds DJs
Featuring recorded performances by Keaton Henton and other videos
7pm, Spike Café
11 Minutes
Live reading by Toby Huddlestone