WEEK TWO – CURATED BY CHRIS PETIT
The Test Centre
reopens this Thursday, with a pop-up shop and exhibition curated by writer and filmmaker Chris Petit. This will be the second of five weeks of exhibitions and events running at F
in Stoke Newington, London, between 24th October and 24th November. Week One, curated by Iain Sinclair, was a great success, marked by the memorable launch of his book-length poem RED EYE
The Test Centre during Iain Sinclair’s curation
Week Two, curated by Chris Petit, will be the first physical manifestation of his Museum of Loneliness project. The shop and exhibition will include an underground gallery of audio detritus, a 1960s stereogram playing MoL audio, a specially refurbished dolls’ house of memory, a collection of 100 numbered books from the MoL’s ‘fragments of the lost library’, executed books, stone faces, MoL pamphlets, rare DVDs, a collection of text experiments, signed first editions of Petit’s novel Robinson, and paintings by Emma Matthews.
As part of Petit’s curation, there will be two film events in the upstairs space at The Test Centre: an installation in collaboration with Mordant Music, and a screening of rare Petit films:
Chris Petit and Mordant Music installation | Saturday 2 November
Continuing the collaboration which led to the recent LP Museum of Loneliness
, in this one-off event Chris Petit’s unseen film What She Did On Her Holidays
will be projected alongside footage from his multi-screen installation Flying Down to Rio
, with a specially-arranged soundtrack remix by Mordant Music
Price: FREE, unticketed. More event details HERE. | Doors: 7.30pm
The Museum of Loneliness film night | Sunday 3 November
Notoriously difficult to find, Chris Petit’s film Chinese Boxes (1984) has at last been located for a rare screening. Presented as part of Petit’s Museum of Loneliness project, it will be shown alongside his equally unseen Dead TV (1999) and a collection of recent MoL film fragments. The films will be introduced by Petit, who will be present for a Q&A session after the screening.
Price: £6 online, £8 on the door | Doors: 6pm | BUY TICKETS
All of Test Centre’s publications with Petit will be on sale, including the vinyl LP Museum of Loneliness
, Test Centre’s magazines featuring Petit (where available), and GOOGLEmeGOD.
Also available will be a number of publications produced especially for the shop – a bootleg version of the MoL pamphlet ‘The Clock’, co-written with Iain Sinclair and previously only available in a very small edition, ‘The House of Memory’, combining the complete catalogue of Petit’s lost library along with The MoL Diaries, and a portfolio of double-text experiments. A limited special edition of ‘The House of Memory’ will also be available, containing extra rare material.
The shop and exhibition will be open from Thursday to Sunday each week, between 11am and 7pm.
NEXT WEEK AT THE TEST CENTRE
Week Three will be curated by Test Centre, and will bring together the work of a number of Test Centre associates. With sound and image the week will expand upon the history and releases of the label / publishing house so far, using spoken word records and other recordings alongside artwork from our magazine.
As part of this curation, there will be a special event to launch Iain Sinclair’s new book American Smoke:
Launch of American Smoke by Iain Sinclair + 70×70 film screening | Friday 8 November
In association with 70×70, King Mob, and Hamish Hamilton.
To celebrate the launch of Iain Sinclair’s American Smoke (Hamish Hamilton), Test Centre and F have combined forces with 70×70
, a curation of films by Sinclair on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Screenings of Patricio Guzmán’s documentary Nostalgia for the Light
(2010) and Francis Alÿs’s Tornado
(2000-2010), will accompany the publication of a book in which Sinclair engages with the memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats. The films will be introduced by Sinclair.
Price: FREE, unticketed. More event details HERE.
is located at 110 Stoke Newington Church Street, on the corner of Yoakley Road. The entrance to the shop and gallery is on Yoakley Road. VIEW MAP
GOOGLEmeGOD by Chris Petit
GOOGLEmeGOD by Chris Petit is finally available on testcentre.org.uk
From the Test Centre newsletter:
Continue reading GOOGLEmeGOD by Chris Petit now available
Iain Sinclair and Alan Moore
70 x 70: THE SORCERERS + Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore and Chris Petit in conversation.
Wednesday 17 July, 8.15.
London psycho-geographical writer Iain Sinclair celebrates his 70th birthday year with the showing of 70 films he handpicked that relate to his work. Hackney Picturehouse is delighted to present the inaugural event of the series with a screening of “The Sorcerers“, Michael Reeves’ 1967 Boris Karloff science fiction/horror classic, followed by a rare cinema screening of the first of Iain & Chris Petit‘s made for TV trilogy – 1992’s “The Cardinal & The Corpse“. “The Cardinal & The Corpse” features a cavalcade of the ‘reforgotten’ including footage of Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock & Robin Cook (aka Derek Raymond) and east end poet/writer/activist Emanuel Litvinoff.
Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore & Chris Petit will be on hand to read sections of their work and discuss the films.
Please visit Picturehouse website for booking and more information.
270 Mare Street
London E8 1HE
0871 902 5734
GOOGLEmeGOD by Chris Petit
From the Test Centre newsletter:
Filmmaker and writer Chris Petit returns to Test Centre with the new publication GOOGLEmeGOD. A development from Petit’s Museum of Loneliness pamphlets, GOOGLEmeGOD is the first printed output from that project to be generally available. The book collects writings resulting from travels in Johannesburg, Nuremberg, and the internet. Drawing from the exploded image bank, the Museum explores how ‘experience becomes its own form of curating drifted into cultural margins’. GOOGLEmeGOD engages with the meaning of the image and its relationship to text, urban space, memory and experience ‘to achieve a state between technology & dream’.
The book consists of 6 texts:
Games without frontiers; FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST CIVILISATION; GOOGLEmeGOD I & II; the open book; the museum of loneliness
The book is published in an edition of 300 stamped copies.
Also available are 15 numbered and signed copies with extra holographic material.
Pre orders can be made here
Orders will be posted on the 7th of August
Chris Petit’s Museum of Loneliness
The London Review of Books Blog has published an interesting article about the launch of Chris Petit’s The Museum of Loneliness earlier this month. It also discusses Test Center‘s anti-commercialism, an attitude which does not automatically exclude the market. You can find it here.