All Books (Special Edition)
Author: Liam Gillick
Publisher: Book Works
Size: 23.4 x 15.5 cm
Collected here for the first time are Liam Gillick’s major fictional texts: ‘McNamara Papers’, ‘Ibuka’, ‘Discussion Island/Big Conference Centre’, ‘The Winter School’, with Erasmus is Late and Literally No Place. Within each history, and the utopias and alternative visions of society envisioned by writers, filmmakers, philosophers, and scientists are presented and speculated on, often through the fictionalised voices of secondary historical characters. Traversing genres of fiction and critical discourse, ideas are explored in a nonlinear, open-ended discursive format, in which the textual structure mirrors the structuring of the presented ideas. In each text Gillick’s concern is to explore complex, paradoxical historical moments and the ideologies that shaped them, reflecting on how the redundant utopian elements of the past continue to structure contemporary society and remain impulses within speculations of our post-utopian future.
A special hardback edition, printed offset, b/w with spot colour, and letter-press printed dust-jacket, presented in a yellow and white perspex slipcase, produced by Book Works Studio. Dust jacket image by M/M (Paris), hand-coloured by the artist. 248pp, 215 x 140 mm. Designed by Liam Gillick. Published in a limited edition of 30, signed and numbered by the artist.