selected reading and writing
ninetyone to ninetysix
“During the first half of 1996 I edited and published a relatively extensive work, comprising nearly six hundred texts, ordered alphabetically. This work is a broad selection from the publications and their workings made during the period of the previous five or six years, along with unpublished texts and direct references or ‘readings’ that I felt informed my work. The texts are alphabetical: this is probably the most random form, all proximities are made and determined by spelling alone. While most entries consist of a single word or two, the texts vary in extent from a single two-letter word to passages of up to a hundred words; the accumulation and equality of structure and typography propose or imply a reading best described by drawing a parallel with the continual use, while listening, of the fast-forward and rewind buttons of a tape machine. The overall ‘meaning’ or subject of rereader is its entirety: the intention of its editing and format is to provide via the detail of the single part, and the relationship of each single part to the whole, some critical overview of the project of my work during the period.”
Published in Books by Artists, Bristol 1999.
a space… with moving.
William Caxton, from the
prologue to his translation
did it… / this is why…
Gertrude Stein After at Once.
if you… / to find…
John Aubrey The Naturall
Historie of Wiltshire.
Febvre & Martin The Coming
of the Book, from the section
on ‘The Chinese Precedent’.
it is almost…
W. H. Hudson British Birds.
Le Mans 24-hour race, live
commentary Simon Taylor.
Paul Feyerabend Against
S. W. Wooldridge and
G. E. Hutchings London’s
‘…’ toy …
S. Vere Benson Birds.
the gate, …
William James Principles
a book a.
a concordance in which what good lies in accordance with the composition of the particular words.
a space of time that is filled always filled with moving.
a space of time that is filled always filled with stopping and starting.
abandoned arterial road.
adopting a small concentrated position on the page.
after dyuerse werkes made translated and achieued, hauing noo werke in hande, i, sittyng in my studye
where as laye many dyuerse paunflettis and bookys … and whan i had aduysed me in this sayd boke,
i delybered and concluded to translate it in to englysshe, and forthwyth toke a penne and ynke, and wrote a
leefe or tweyne whyche i ouersawe agayn to corecte it … i haue reduced and translated this sayd booke in to
our englysshe, not ouer rude ne curyous, but in suche termes as shall be vnderstanden, accordynge to my
after william caxton.
ahead momentum that unarrested went.
air above car park, electrical transmission direction over.
air between train track bridge over river water; water flow, train direction, air between.
an ian allan book consisting of four sewn sections, totalling sixty four pages of text and thirty two pages of
plates; the sequence is section one sixteen pages text, section two from the centre comprises eight pages
plates, sixteen pages text, eight pages plates, section three is as section two and section four as section one.
are moments single or double sided.
artificial j cloth page.
bellringers former local number of telephone the the.
between the formats and structures of broadcasting and publication.
blind emboss bell.
book of errors.
book of hours.
book of the year.
book of twenty four hours.
both, punctuated and unpunctuated transcipts.
broadcast of a recording.
by a or by b.
carrying power of sound in downland air.
correction tape typewriting.
definition of noise level.
deletion of tape recording.
deletion of temporary typewriting.
did it seem a surprise the first time and the second time did it seem a surprise a second time and did it seem
a surprise a second time and did it seem a surprise the first time and the second time.
directional implication of page numbers.
dividing page eighty eight from page eighty nine; the small birds from the large birds, all the rest.
double sided single moment.
driving small birds.
each day that trains run has a coloured background: no colour, no trains; no trains, no colour.
each individual moment or location is not fixed or balanced in a symmetrical equilibrium, but is constantly
fluctuating between a frontwards or backwards movement.
ear defenders, percussion resisters, plugs, protectors and stops.
ear lye ngl ish tex tso cie ty.
effect of light.
effect on paper.
ends of broadcast.
ends of publication.
equator, red line.
estimated position after beginning.
estimated position before centre.
estimated position before end.
f for forgery.
faded centre of page.
first one hundred words.
flowing over an eroded dotted line at the junction of two lanes after heavy rain.
folding map; printed blue water.
folding out thing.
following the line of least resistance, they naturally chose the shortest and easiest way from one place to the
next; they were used not made.
for some time i had in my mind a hypothetical image of a toyota pick-up. driving in the country between
brecon and merthyr tydfil on an overcast may afternoon, we followed a red example south for five or six
miles on a rising and falling road—through woods and across open moorland, along the wooded slopes of a
reservoir and through the village of pontsticill in the parish of vaynor. the undulating line of six white letters
became a reference for both our relative distance and orientation.
found site homing drive.
from the overall motorway to the detail of number plates to the overall motorway.
geographical frequency, makeshift landscape.
grid positions at start, ending at pole; finishing positions at line, ending at winner.
ground for all spreads, printed back to back as base for text.
half different half identical.
half pulling half pushing.
here comes another one, there goes another one.
heterogeneous or homogeneous observation.
historical frequency, makeshift landscape.
hour of books.
i know you want us to hear something of the piece rota versatilis.
i spy the wheel.
if you let fall a stone into the water immediately it makes a little circle, then another bigger without that, and
so forth, till it touches the bank, and then it recoiles in a little circle, which generates other bigger circles; so
sounds move by sphaeres, in the same manner, which though obvious enough, i doe not remember to have
seen in any booke.
imitation j cloth page.
in a live commentary the listener is the interpreter of an improvised narrative.
index as content.
index of probabilities.
instead of being separate, the leaves are joined together along the outer edges, making an oblong which
opens like an accordian and which they called a whirling book; describing the rapidity with which the pages
could be turned backward and forward.
invisible line of air.
is this where we came in.
it is almost possible to believe that the melody from this one species, actually equals in amount that from
all the other songbirds together.
it was so good i didnt have to print it twice.
it was so good i had to print it twice.
j and l.
jack … jack.
jy at sr or nr dr jy fy mh al my je.
jy fy mh al my je jy at sr or nr dr.
la ter eng lis hte xts oci ety.
landscape drawing with foreground scale.
lengths of broken text.
like notes running.
line in both directions.
linear nature of sound.
lines of various lengths drawn by pierro manzoni, piano rolls of various durations punched by conlon nancarrow.
locations between two locations.
looking at bells ringing.
looking upstream with the carriers full of water, the drains at a lower level taking off the surplus.
misprinted: read misread.
misspoken: hear mishear.
mister and missus sprat, would eat no fat or lean.
neither beat nor metre.
neither early nor late.
nineteen twentyfour and ninetyfive.
nonsequential redeployment of the complete narrative.
not as yet misprinted variant.
occuring once only.
on the circuit i can now see the headlights away to my right and here comes the queue of twenty nine cars
and the pace car has pulled off and the nineteen ninety two le mans twenty four hour race is on … and now
they are accelerating even on this final lap up to about a hundred and seventy miles an hour and now i look
down away to the finish line and as the time passes four o clock the race comes to an end.
one hundred mile per hour line.
one minute loop.
orange alternating yellow.
orange sugar paper.
paper dimensions and edges.
part carry part drag.
part song setting.
pencil, typewriter; voice, kazoo.
printed alike throughout.
printed: read misread.
radio picture library.
re ra rd rp ea ed ep ad ap dp.
read only memory.
rebounding from a flat surface over which it is passing.
recorded music society.
recording of a broadcast.
replacement papers for levelling staff.
research programmes disappear not because they get killed in argument but because their defenders get
killed in the struggle for survival.
reversal of density.
reversal of migratory cycle.
reverse of radio.
reversed, as well as forward chronology.
ridge and valley book.
saturation of flat colour.
scroll, rolled strip.
scroll, unrolled strip.
sequential redeployment of the complete index.
shot to illegibility by repeated copying.
small birds all flying up from.
small hill model.
some form, some form of woodland.
spiral from or to centre.
spiral from or to edge.
spoken alike throughout.
spoken: hear mishear.
strip of text, tethered to each end of scroll.
succession is the intrinsic development whereby communities of increasing bulk and complexity, occupy
the site in gradual sequence, tending towards the ultimate establishment of a more or less stable community
known as the climax, which is dominated by the largest and particularly the tallest, and when these become
dominant the climax is some form of woodland.
suspension of centrally strung texts.
swifts the the corridor flying in line of railway.
'…' toy toy '…' nuthatch; a clear whistle, '…', and other ringing notes.
t xt nt.
talk about but not mention.
the asymmetry that leads from the beginning to the end of each word, sentence, paragraph and so on, simply
provides the formal direction.
the book as a reading system.
the transparent screen,
the division that does not divide.
the locatable present as a symmetrical centre, from which the past precedes and the future projects.
the practically cognized present is no knife edge, but a saddle back, with a certain breadth of its own on
which we sit perched, and from which we look in two directions into time. the unit of composition of our
perception of time is a duration, with a bow and a stern, as it were—a rearward and a forward looking end.
it is only as parts of this duration block that the relation of succession of one end to the other is perceived.
we do not first feel one end and then feel the other after it, and from the perception of the succession infer
an interval of time between, but we seem to feel the interval of time as a whole, with its two ends embedded
there goes another one, here comes another one.
there is usually three or four in a clutch, and often two or three clutches in the year. there is a variation in
the ground, from dirty white to buff. the markings vary a little more, consisting of black or pale pinkish-
brown lines or scribbles.
this is where we came in.
this is why backwards and forwards is preferable to forwards and backwards and why backwards and
forwards if preferable. this is why backwards and forwards regularly forwards and backwards this is why
forwards and backwards regularly and backwards and forwards regularly. introduced into it by introducing
into it by introducing it into it by introducing into it by introducing backwards into it and forwards into it,
by introducing backwards and forwards into it by introducing into it by introducing backwards into it by
introducing forwards into it by introducing backwards and forwards into it.
threadless machine sewn increments.
to find the proportion of the downes of this countrey to the vales, i did divide speeds mappe of wiltshire with
a paire of cizars, according to the respective hundreds of downes and vale; and i weighed them in a curious
ballance of a goldsmith.
toi: to roof, welsh; to unroof: iot.
tolcis, trill: as if a detail from a local gazetteer; as such, both fragment and extent.
top from the.
translation from english to englysshe.
two locations between two locations.
two song settings constructed from their concordance.
typewritten strip, the two ends the same distance from the centre.
tzara read aloud a newspaper article while an electric bell kept ringing so that no one could hear what was said.
unarrested momentum that went ahead.
unrecorded music society.
unrecorded oscillating movement.
vanished translated novel title, arp and schwitters’ ‘franz müller’s wirespringtime’.
water on paper.
white sugar paper.
writing lark, scribbling lark or scribe.
y of toyota as both symmetrical and asymmetrical pivot.
yellow alternating orange.
yellow sugar paper.
yellowing of paper.
z path z.