News from Test Centre

Big news from Test Centre: a new website, a new novel (by Stewart Home) and more.

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Test Centre Four Magazine launch with Iain Sinclair

Test Centre Four launch
Saturday 16th November at 7:30 pm

With performances by Thurston Moore, Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth and Iain Sinclair.

Test Centre Four magazine, which will be freshly printed and stapled for this launch event, will contain a unique range of poets from England and the USA, featuring important American influences on Test Centre such as Ed Sanders, Tom Clark, and Ron Padgett, local associates including Chris Petit and Stewart Home, and younger writers such as Sam Riviere. This eagerly-anticipated night’s line-up is certain to launch the issue memorably.

Tickets £8 via  F – 110 Stoke Newington Church St. N16 0JX




MoL film night – tickets still available

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.


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.
For information about events coming up at The Test Centre, please visit our website. More information is also available on Eventbrite, where you can book for all ticketed events: . The venue’s capacity is limited, so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!
F 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


RED EYE launch event

RED EYE launch
RED EYE will be launched at a special event on 25 October 2013 at The Test Centre, in Stoke Newington. The event will be the first reunion in a decade of writers published by Sinclair’s Albion Village Press, with Chris Torrance and Brian Catling reading alongside Sinclair.

For more info see here

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Iain Sinclair shop/exhibition part of the The Test Centre pop-up store

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Iain’s own shop/exhibition during the first week of the Test Centre pop-up store at F in Stoke Newington, from 24th October onward.

From Test Centre announcement:

Week 1, curated by Iain Sinclair, will include a shop and exhibition of items recently excavated, with posters, framed photographs, new editions of old and recent books, limited edition cassette tapes, a collection of books from Sinclair’s own library, and an accompanying catalogue. The curation recalls Sinclair’s many years as a bookdealer.

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