THE ANTHOLOGY OF NON-EXISTENT BOOKS by Various Artists (Kiwa - editor)

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THE ANTHOLOGY OF NON-EXISTENT BOOKS by Various Artists (Kiwa - editor)

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published by paranoia

17 saddle stitched booklets - 13cm x 12cm, black and white offset printing throughout, comes in card sleeve, texts in English and Estonian edition of 2000, 2014

'The anthology is the outcome of a project aiming to map the scene of experimentalists working at non-place/terra incognito between literature and contemporary art in Estonia. Because of the rigidity of the local understanding of “art” and “literature”, and the small number of native speakers of Estonian, textual experimentation and experimental literature do not get much support from publishers and readers. Thus the scene is marginal and therefore invisible and non-existent.
 
According to literary critic Aare Pilv this scene is: “…a network of authors who have been active since the end of the 20th century, mainly (but not only) in Tartu. They can be characterised as having an experimental attitude and maintaining distance from the literary mainstream, but at the same time they do not try to be consciously polemical or innovative, because they partly repeat the techniques of the 20th century avant-garde and, what is perhaps even more important, they sidestep the dialectics of innovating or altering the literary canon.”
 
The anthology presents and carefully hand-picks for the readers a good selection of the most psychotic, hallucinating transborder dataflows and psychogeographies, immanence-crossing and irreversible deterritorialisations, textual manifestations of states of mind, texts too mystical or hermetic to exist, which are only visible through the backdoor of consciousness and senses, during its opening times.'

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