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Invitation Only…

Invitation Only… brings together a series of book works, pamphlets, readers, scores – that operate at the level of the
invitational, instructional or propositional, as potential provocations or departure points prompting future action or enquiry.
For the Sideshow Book Fair these works remain invitations only: they ask to be perused, used and engaged with as part of the live
event itself. Certain items may be purchased after the event: an exchange of goods is made possible only through the conditions
set by an initial exchange of conversation. Invitation Only… is a platform for presenting and engaging discussion around
a body of work produced and curated by artists and writers including David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker and
Marit Münzberg.

David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker and Marit Münzberg have worked together on a number of projects
exploring the relationship between writing, exhibition and publication. Invitation Only… focuses explicitly on the
invitational or propositional imperative within their recent practices in order to develop future dialogue around this shared area
of concern. Invitation Only… will be followed by an event and panel discussion entitled R.S.V.P where a number of
invited speakers address ideas relating to invitational, instructional or propositional forms of writing, text and language through
the specificity of their own practices.

For its contribution to Invitation Only… VerySmallKitchen presents WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS KEEPING IT
MOVING, a one day exhibition curated by David Berridge in response to a proposition within an artists book fair within an arts
festival in Nottingham within unfolding networks of new, ongoing and potential collaborations and exchanges. Featuring:
Jonathan Jones/ The Sticky Pages Press, thwart; Pippa Koszerek, Top 100 and Spoiler (Glossary); C S Leigh, Syntax (London,
New York and Tokyo versions); Achim Lengerer, SCRIPTINGS; Jill Magi, SMALL TALK SMALL BOOKS; Tamarin Norwood,
Homologue and DO SOMETHING; Onomatopee, A Task for Poetry 1-3; seekers of lice, LOUSE FACTORY, QUOT, dumb
show, Red Fox Press C'est Mon Dada and Franticham's Fluxus Assembling. In relation to the notion of invitation,
VerySmallKitchen has seen the context of Invitation Only… as a chance to showcase and develop ongoing collaborations
and exchanges; to bring together areas of its work previously separate; and to instigate new dialogues and exchanges through the
particular context of SIDESHOW. As part of this process, the time span of WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS KEEPING IT
MOVING will also see the completion and launch of THE COMPLETE BULLETINS of THE DEPARTMENT OF
MICRO-POETICS SEP-OCT 2010, whose contributors include, amongst others, all the co-authors of Invitation
Only… (Emma Cocker, Rachel Lois Clapham and Marit Münzberg). WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS KEEPING IT MOVING
is followed by R.S.V.P, a talk/ event with a first performance of Achim Lengerer’s MODELS FOR REHEARSING THE

Achim Lengerer's work deals with the performativity of language and speech as well as the transformation of language into
spatial constellations within an exhibition context. He interweaves strategies of performance, display and curating.
SCRIPTINGS functions as a discursive platform parallel and additional to Achim Lengerer's solo-projects. Artists, writers,
graphic-designers, performers as well as publishers are invited – all of which are working with the formats of “script” and “text”
within their processes of production. The use of "script" or "text" does not necessarily head towards the final production of
printed matters, but might result in the production of a movie, performance or object generated through processes of reading,
writing or verbal utterance. The presentations consist of live events (talk, discussion, reading, display, performance) as well as
the instant publishing of the magazine SCRIPTINGS, which contains textual and visual materials provided by the participants.

Based in London, VerySmallKitchen explores connections of language, writing and art practice, through publication,
conversation and event, in print and online, exhibition and performance. Recent projects include DEPARTMENT OF
MICRO-POETICS (AC Institute, New York) and WRITING/ EXHIBITION/ PUBLICATION (The Pigeon Wing, London).
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Rachel Lois Clapham: (W)reading Performance Writing No.2 (Sideshow Book Fair)
At the invitation of Emma Cocker, Rachel Lois Clapham re-makes a special one-off hard copy of (W)reading
Performance Writing according to instructions by Marit Münzberg. Assembling together twenty practitioners from
diverse fields of poetry, theatre, visual art and performance on the topic of Performance Writing, (W)reading
Performance Writing is a unique guide that comprises of syllabuses, manifestos, scores, personal testimonies and
practical exercises. It also includes a detailed subject area index. (W)reading Performance Writing is highly
speculative and encourages an active read. A note on its particular invitation can be found in the section Invitation to (W)read.
Contributors Charles Bernstein, Caroline Bergvall, David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker, Mark Caffrey, Alex
Eisenberg, John Hall, Claire Hind, Richard Kostelanetz, Johanna Linsley, Claire MacDonald, Rebecca May Marston, Marit
Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood, Mary Paterson, Joshua Sofaer, Danae Theodoridou, Peter Walsh and Simon Zimmerman.
Design by Marit Münzberg. (W)reading Performance Writing No.1 was commissioned by the Live Art
Development Agency in 2010. It is available as a specially designed downloadable PDF at

Previously Editor of Live Art UK’s Writing From Live Art (2006-2008), Rachel Lois Clapham is Co-Director of Open Dialogues
(; a UK collaboration that produces critical writing on and as performance. She also curates radical
writing with the Arts Council partnership In a word.... Her writing on performance is published in the UK and internationally.
As Open Dialogues, she has produced Writing Live with Performa Biennial New York (EMMA), Overspill with Spill Festival of
Performance London (DAVID) and Question Time at COP15 (DAVID). Recent collaborative work includes RITE an anthology of
new work (EMMA, DAVID), (W)reading Performance Writing (MARIT, MARIT, DAVID, EMMA) and Re-, a live reading at PSL
Gallery and Norwich Arts Centre (EMMA, MARIT).

Emma Cocker – Field Proposals and Re–Reader

Field Proposals are an ongoing attempt to map or give shape to the conceptual landscape of a practice, where the
identification of specific coordinates fails to provide any coherent or definitive structure, instead only revealing further zones of
indeterminacy. The work exists as a pairing of two proposals. The first uses the titles from existing work in an attempt to plot
the coordinates of or establish the cartography of a practice, where intersecting lines suggest as-yet-unnamed possibilities that
for now remain indiscernible. The second is largely blank, in further anticipation of this still to be navigated territory. The
process of mapping does not lead to knowledge or understanding, but instead creates further uncertainty, drawing attention to
areas (of the map) that are currently unknown, unexplored or unaccounted for. Field Proposals have recently been
developed for a site-responsive proposal for Barrow-in-Furness as part of the project Urban Retreat.

Re–Reader (Rachel Lois Clapham and Emma Cocker. Designed by Marit Münzberg) is a performance document that extends
from the collaborative performance reading, Re–. Re– is an iterative performance that responds to and is reworked against the
specificity of each invitation to perform; it presses on two writers – and two writing practices – coming together to explore
process, product and performance (of text). Re– is a conceptual framework for collaboratively exploring the tension between
improvised/rehearsed; performance/document; live/recording; writing/written, the visible/invisible states of not knowing
within the performed act of writing, through the collision of spoken, textual and gestural languages.

Operating under the title Not Yet There, Emma Cocker’s writing and text-works (often developed through conversations
with other artists) interrogate the critical and creative potential within experiences or conditions such as failure, doubt, deferral,
uncertainty, boredom, hesitation, indecision, immobility and inconsistency, by exploring models of practice - and subjectivity -
which resist or refuse the pressure of a single or stable position by remaining willfully unresolved. She is currently developing
ideas for a publication called Stray: The Art of Wandering. See for details.


Marit Münzberg ( has been working as a freelance graphic designer / typographer since 2002. Her practice
takes content, research and collaboration as its foundation to develop each project. She frequently works with galleries,
publishers and artists such as The Haunch of Venison, The Drawing Room, Artangel, Ridinghouse, Blackdog Publishers, Oreet
Ashery, David Austin, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker, Anya Gallaccio, Hayley Tompkins, etc .... Her own research,
currently undertaken in the framework of the PHD Art / Art Writing at Goldsmiths College, circulates around notions of
hesitation in writing and art practice. She recently set up LemonMelon ( as an experimental platform
exploring questions around the book, collaboration, assembling and publishing. For the occasion of Invitation Only…
Marit's practice is represented through her collaborations with other contributors.


R.S.V.P (Répondez, S'il Vous Plaît)

Presentation/Discussion. 6.30 pm, One Thoresby Street
Commissioned by The Book Mobile Project, a YH485 Press project for Sideshow

This event extends the ideas proposed within Invitation Only… by bringing together a number of invited speakers to
address ideas relating to invitational, instructional or propositional forms of writing, text and language through the specificity of
their own practices. Speakers include Emma Cocker, David Berridge and Achim Lengerer. R.S.V.P is presented in conjunction
with a performance of Lengerer’s MODELS FOR REHEARSING THE SCRIPT curated by David Berridge.