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URGENCY READER 1 (2019)




URGENCY READER 1 (2019)
252 pages + cover
Risograph printed book with black ink on Domtar Earthchoice paper
Hand-bound with 5/8 inch staples and partial wrap-around cover adhered to back page
Edition: 110 copies

Urgency Reader is a quick assembling of texts, risograph printed in Pawtucket, RI, and bound as a book at the last minute to launch at the Odds and Ends Art Book Fair at Yale University Art Gallery on December 6, 2019. Suggested topics from the open call included ⊹urgency, ⊹craft ⊹queerness ⊹gender ⊹transformation ⊹kinship ⊹race ⊹survival ⊹post-apocalyptic practice ⊹futurity ⊹pedagogy ⊹surveillance capitalism ⊹death of capital ⊹radical publishing ⊹decolonization ⊹augmentation ⊹resistance ⊹sci-fi ⊹collective care ⊹joy

Inspired by Omnibus News #1 (1969), Assembling (1970–87), and other assembling publications, Urgency Reader is an experiment in publishing as a gesture of call and response: the quick circulation of a charged collection of texts—in some cases raw, in-progress, or sketchy—to a small but deeply engaged audience. As the poet Karl Young wrote in his foreward to Assembling #12, such publications “can be read as chance-generated collages, and as spontaneous pieces of printed performance art.”

A total of eighty contributors far and wide sent 467 pages of work in just under two weeks, signaling a need to publish urgently, but less preciously, on non-corporate platforms.

Our stapler’s maximum capacity was used to determine the page count (126 sheets + cover bound with 5/8 inch staples). The goal of the edit was to be as inclusive as possible, at times asking contributors to compact their submissions in order to free up space for others. The order of the texts as they appear in the book was determined by chance by assigning a series of random integers from random.org to the alphabetical list of contributors.

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Contributors and contents—
nicole killianA CIRCULATION ON DISTRIBUTION
Rey CarlsonPRAYER
Kenneth Reveiz—MOP, MOPE(<)
Joseph ImhauserMother Earth
Helen TaranowskiSecurity Switch
Lauren McCarthyReading List for Network Media, Fall 2019
LaTefy Dolley
Porpentine Charity HeartscapeTHE MAXIMUM SOFTNESS CAPABLE OF BEING EXERTED BY ALL MACHINERY
Ant Lobo & Anna Barlow—THIS IS A BRICK.
Zach DeocadizThe Internet Saved My Life
Chris CoteReminders
Juliana CastroInstructions on winning someone’s love
Jerome HarrisFailed attempts at busting a nut as a result of faulty communication bewteen horny strangers via text message.
Will KuriaRedacted from us to you. Now it’s just me and I am nothing.
Max EvansI am rewriting my history as a gallery
Ritu Ghiyadevious and conniving
Lukas Eigler-HardingTo interface
Genevieve FlavelleWhat’s queer in THE CLIMATE CRISIS?
Nikki JuenEXCERPT FROM CYBORG MATR
Jason Lipelesi mean this
Kirslyn Schell-SmithVirtual Reality
Sal RandolphSharawadji Mix
Anna Stein—@windowspaints
Elaine LopezMyDataDownload
Rodrigo MoreiraAABC, 2019
Darian RazdarNIGHTWALKERS
June T. SandersAll fists in a dive on the southern tear, daughter of something, FORAGIRL, IDAHO GIRL (by Abigail J. Hansel)
Rachel Atakpaa burning, GLITCH
Travess Smalley1 Number colors burn randomly: 2 The first recorded use of jade green
Eliza ChenEars, Eyes, and Blood Boiling: Notes from Electronic Music Concerts
Daedalus Lion intimate thoughts
emma rae nortoncomplication of the computer mouse
Lauren Traugott-CampbellSQUISHY PLAY
nicolas baird—LITTLE CREATURE
nènè myriam konaté—koulikoro
Bobby Joe Smith III(UN)COMMON GROUND
Luiza DaleA trip into a void
Tiger DingsunDearest Salve-maker
Mena KamelHave You Ever Seen a Whale
Elite KedanPITCHDECK
Kelsey Elder
Somnath Bhatt & Rin KimDialogue between me and Rin Kim
Vuthy Lay—REFUGEE REPAIR: KHMERICANA,
Kitt PeacockWalter Malici and the Dark Water
Leon Butler—Notes on Algorithmic Dysmorphia
Be Oakley & Noah LeBien—Failure as Future Making
Christopher ClaryFkN-JPGs-on-PAOM
Kelsey DusenkaUntitled
Kelsey SucenaTofu, or some notes on the weight of bodies
Celia Shaheen
American ArtistCOLORED TIME
Sara Kaamanwave to print
Madeline Zappalacomputer love notes
Sam M-h—the evening- by the factory and the strip club, in the small sports bar on it’s karaoke night, where old elementary school teachers hid from hometowns, men placed bets, metallic balloons crowded the back seat of a car outside
Cassandra HradilFLOWER FUTURES
Nic WilsonNotes On Drawing as Masturbation and the Pursuit of Solitary Pleasure
Olive B. Godleeseveral edits down
Marisa Fulper EstradaTHE SCARCITY OF QUEER SPACE
Emma Kemp & Matthew Altman—poem1, poem2
noa machover
Trevor Bashaw—notes on my project (un)be cum: a queer archive of the ecological self-in-relation
Zack Wilks—“QUEER ETIQUETTE”
Loizos Olympiosexcerpt from Αντί- ( *a text that prints itself)
Ramon TejadaFUKU Edited by Paul Soulellis


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