NYC curator and promoter launches new publication following its first year of operations
Curator and promoter Blank Forms has announced a new print publication surveying avant garde and underground figures inspired by their current events programme. Magazine is the first edition of the journal of the New York organisation, founded in 2016 by former ISSUE Project Room Artistic Director Lawrence Kumpf, with pieces on and by musicians including Joe McPhee, Bruce Russell, Éliane Radigue and François Bonnet (aka Kassel Jaeger).
"It's called a magazine but it's more of a book in its actual format," says Kumpf. "The idea of Magazine is appealing because it can have a looser more propositional structure for grouping things together." The first issue, which is over two hundred pages long, includes four sections exploring the influential work of late sound artist Maryanne Amacher, plus unpublished interviews, transcriptions of talks from live events, poetry and stories, and more. Also featured are translations from Bonnet's book The Infra-World, discussion of the visual poetry of Ralston Farina, and Bruce Russell of The Dead C on the notion of 'mis-competence' in New Zealand music. Many of the documents, interviews and writings emerged or evolved out of the first year of programming at Blank Forms – "because often there isn't much information on the topic out there," Kumpf reports.
"For the next issue we wouldn't necessarily stick to this format," he says, "or the structure (referring to our past programming) – but will keep it as an open format and platform for interesting ideas and documents that we come across in our work."
Magazine is edited by Lawrence Kumpf and Joe Bucciero, and is available from the Blank Forms website.