The Centre Cannot Hold. Co-published by Agnes Etherington Art Centre & K. Verlag
A collection of textual fragments in the style of the Jena Romantics' "Fragmente aus der Zukunft" is framed by two essays that trace the history of 20th centurary military Early Warning Systems. Dr. David Murakimi Wood, Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Surveillance & Society, writes a detailed history of British wireless telegraphy outposts from his research in the National Archives. Charles Stankievech through his fieldwork outlines the architectural shifts in Early Warning Systems starting with WWI sound paraboloids, through WWII cement bunkers, into Cold War geodesic radar domes. The bricolage of literary and theoretic fragments form a ruinous texutal landscape for the flaneur to wander through, encountering fields as various as military documents, modernist poetry, science fiction, crtiical theory and scientific papers, including: Clarice Lispector, J. G. Ballard, Ikhwan al Safa, Fernando Pessoa, Friedrich Schlegel, Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, Arthur Schopenhauer, Theodor Adorno, Gilles Deleuze, Robert Smithson, Lucy Lippard, W. G. Sebald, Ernst Jünger, Paul Virilio, Laurence Sterne, Joseph Heller, A. E. van Vogt, Fredric Jameson, Ursula K, Le Guin, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, Georges Bataille, Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault, Albert Speer, Albert Einstein, Robert Smithson, Blaise Pascal, Carl von Clausewitz, US Army, Eyal Weizman, Reza Negarestani, Ezra Pound, Marshall Mcluhan, Friedrich Kittler, Paul N. Edwards, Julian Assange and others.
The design of the publication plays with Harald Szeeman's original catalogue for the Science Fiction exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern from 1967. Printing includes a unique metallic and black overprinting on newsprint.
Broadsheet: 22 3/4" x 17" on premium newsprint
Duotone: Metallic & Black Ink
The Centre Cannot Hold is a co-publication of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University and K. Verlag | Press for the exhibition Monument as Ruin which won an OAAG Best Exhibition of the year 2015.
Publication Date: Jan 14th, 2015