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Film Text and ‘Total State Machine’ Test Dept book extract for Mark Fisher Memorial lecture audience Friday 29th January 2021

Here are two documents for download  for the audience of the Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture at Goldsmiths College, Friday 29th January 2021. To download just right click on the document link below.

The film text is the text of the narrations by Paul Jamrozy and Alexei Monroe for the film that goes with the event titled ‘Test Dept: Notes from the Underground’.

The extract of the book is a taster of the 386 page Test Dept book ‘Total State Machine’. The full book is available from the PC-Press shop.

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TD BOOK EXTRACT FOR GOLDSMITHS ‘Notes from the Underground’ Mark Fisher Memorial talk.

Test Dept, Alexei Monroe and Peter Webb at Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture Friday 29th January 2021 @ Goldsmiths College 6 – 8pm

 

 

We are very proud to be taking part in this year’s event.
A tribute to a truly great cultural and political thinker and a very lovely person

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND
The Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture 2021 with Test Dept, Alexei Monroe and Peter Webb

Fri, January 29, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM GMT

Free Online Event
Register: https://tinyurl.com/y6rf7svz

Mark Fisher, also known under his blogging alias k-punk, was a British writer, critic, cultural theorist, philosopher and teacher based in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was noted for his writing on radical politics, music and popular culture, and was probably best known for the success of his book ‘Capitalist Realism’ and for his K-Punk blog.

The Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture 2021 with Test Dept
by Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London

This year’s event titled ‘Notes From The Underground’ features the collective Test Dept with cultural critics Alexei Monroe and Peter Webb.

“There is something very timely about the return of Test Dept … [they] have arrived just in time for the deep crisis of neoliberalism in the UK”
Mark Fisher, 2015.

When he visited Test Dept’s DS30 installation in Newcastle, Mark Fisher found much to inspire him and met with the group. In a subsequent article he described their work as an example of radical ‘popular modernism’ which could still be highly relevant in the present day. Inspired by this, the group have worked with Alexei Monroe and Peter Webb to explore their legacy and its relevance to now.

Fisher described the documentation of their work in the book Total State Machine (2015) as an ‘invaluable archive, an inventory of strategies, gestures and techniques’.

This two-part event will feature a new film work exploring Test Dept’s archive with a commentary by Alexei Monroe and Paul Jamrozy exploring their legacy through the lens of some of Fisher’s key concepts. This will be followed by conversation and Q&A facilitated by Peter Webb.

Test Dept worked intensively in and around Goldsmiths and the local area in the 1980s. The film and the conversation that follows will explore a series of key themes and questions, relating Test Dept’s history and current work to the multiple political, social and cultural challenges of 2021.

Can popular modernism still have an effect in the 21st Century, as Fisher believed it could? What lessons are there for today in the way that Test Dept operated in harsh environmental, economic and political conditions? How did Test Dept create its artistic “fuel to fight” from ruinous conditions and spaces and is it possible to imagine something like this in our own increasingly ruinous political and economic conditions?

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TOTAL STATE MORATORIUM – Reflections on Test Dept, the book ‘Total State Machine’ and the current state of things by Alexei Monroe and Pete Webb

 

 

 

Continuing the celebrations around the 5 year anniversary of the publication of #Totalstatemachine: the book on the history and continuing work of Test Dept, Alexei Monroe and myself, as the editors of the project and contributors to the book, felt we needed to reflect on the work and the current state of things so have written a piece each collectively titled: TOTAL STATE MORATORIUM.

They are attached below as PDF’s. Alexei’s piece is titled: Proven Inaction.

Pete’s piece is titled: ‘Speak Truth to Power’ OR ‘Stick to the Script’

PC-PRESS May 2020

Proven Inaction

Speak Truth to Power

TEST DEPT – Total State Machine book – 5 years Anniversary Price and Bundle

Dear All, We have decided to mark the 5 year anniversary of the publication of the Test Dept book ‘Total State Machine’ by offering a bundle of the book and a Test Dept T-shirt featuring the Cog, Hammer and Book design on the left breast. Available in S,M,l and XL. Book and T bundle will be £35 and book on its own will be £30 . Reduced for the anniversary period from May to July for lockdown reading. This book is the definitive book on Test Dept history and development. 386 pages and printed in Full colour:

‘Total State Machine’ is published by PC-Press and is a unique historical document and visual representation of Test Dept, one of the UK’s truly investigative agitators, authentic industrialists, utilisers and recyclers of society’s debris.

“As well as manifestoes, excerpts from tour diaries and many previously unknown stories and documents, the book also contains extensive interviews conducted in which they speak openly about their history.

Printed on high quality art paper, the book contains chapters and reflections from Paul Jamrozy, Graham Cunnington, Angus Farquhar, Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire), Robin Rimbaud (Scanner), Marek Kohn, Malcolm Pointer, Ivan Novak (Laibach), Alan Sutcliffe (Kent Miners) and many more with an introduction by Alexei Monroe and Peter Webb. The book also contains original artwork, photography and documentary images of the group from all periods of their work.

With hundreds of artwork and event photos from the group’s archives and others, it is a highly visual book, illustrating the spectacular scale and impact of Test Dept’s work.”

NEW FOR 2019 – MASSIVE ATTACK by Melissa Chemam & Book Signing

PC-Press in association with Tandem Books are publishing a new book on 04/03/19:

‘Massive Attack: Out of the Comfort Zone, by Melissa Chemam

Author Melissa Chemam and Queen Bee will be in-store at Rough Trade Bristol for a very special ‘Massive Attack: Out Of The Comfort Zone’ Book Launch.

In association with Bristol Festival of Ideas, the afternoon will begin with a Massive Attack inspired DJ set, followed by an in-conversation with the author and Annie McGann, and a book signing, celebrating the release of ‘Massive Attack: Out Of The Comfort Zone’, published 4th March.

For more information visit our event page

Massive Attack Out of the Comfort Zone cover

UPDATE re Twilight of the Mortals Book

Real time update! The printer ran into an issue last week with the eco-friendly vegetable inks that we are using, not coping with the rich and dense black colour on several pages of the book. They have played around with a few different eco-friendly inks, and have eventually found a solution that provides a beautifully dense and rich black for those parts of the book where photos either have those colours or are framed by them. This has set the print run back by at least a week unfortunately, but otherwise, all is running beautifully as planned. I attach some images of completed pages and stacks of them in the print shop to show you the progress that has been made. This issue will shift the shipping dates back a bit – but as soon as we hear the exact finish date then I can update you with revised shipping times. Almost there now – and those pages that are printed look AMAZING! PW.
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Twilight of the Mortals: Softback, Hardback, and Deluxe COLLECTORS Ltd Edition with vinyl now available for shipping

Now available for shipping


‘Twilight of the Mortals’ is the new publication from PC-Press. The book is a collection of the incredible work of photographer, confidant, and former post-punk DJ Mont Sherar and the result of his 36-years of love for the band; Killing Joke.

The photography of Mont Sherar is beautiful, sometimes raw and gritty, atmospheric, unique, elegantly composed, and completely captures the essence of Killing Joke.

The band can be seen through profiles of each individual member, the band live, in the studio, in rehearsal and writing rooms, relaxing and in discussion with one another and in other seldom seen, creative settings.

This is a truly rare and unique view and representation of a band, who even in their twilight years are at the top of their creative powers, having produced a trilogy of albums that ended with the best ever selling Killing Joke record ‘Pylon’. Sherar has created a series of stunning images that we at PC-Press are delighted and honoured to be turning into a beautiful document of the band. With commentary and analytical text from some leading and insightful writers; John Robb (The Membranes and Louder Than War), Rahman Baloch, Fletcher Stewart, Big Paul Ferguson, Youth, Jaz,  Mont Sherar himself and PC-Press’s Pete Webb, The book is scheduled for publication Q4 of 2017 (regular updates on our official Facebook page).

Photo from the book “Twilight of the Mortals” by Mont Sherar

Jaz Coleman Photo from the book, “Twilight of the Mortals” by Mont Sherar

 

Photos from the book “Twilight of the Mortals” by Mont Sherar

Introducing Mont Sherar

mont-portraitMont Sherar, photographer, DJ and all round creative polymath is the author and photographer of the forthcoming PC-Press publication Twilight of the Mortals.

His relationship and passion for Killing Joke goes back to hearing ‘Are You Receiving’ being played in a club in Vancouver by then DJ and fellow Canadian Steven R. Gilmore shortly after its debut release in 1979. Gilmore went on to become one of the most influential sleeve designers and graphic artists in the industrial and post-industrial dance music scene. Sherar then brought the post-punk sounds that he heard Gilmore playing to a new audience in Miami, helping to set up influential dance clubs such as Fire & Ice and the infamous Kitchen Club as resident DJ and promoter.

Ever since then he has been hooked into the world of the Killing Joke; playing their music as one of the original post-punk DJs, organising some of their first US gigs, introducing them to other US musicians like Skinny Puppy, and in 2008 becoming a regular photographer documenting their journey as a reformed band who set out on a path of producing three of their most affecting albums ever.

We are pleased and honoured to welcome Mont to the PC-Press family.
Read Mont’s biography >>