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07/10/17: Artists Against Overdevelopment

Bowater House, Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y 0RJ. View from Fann Street, EC1.
October 5 – December 10.

Spectres of Modernism is an installation of protest art banners emblazoned with slogans dreamt up by leading artists and writers including Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller and Elizabeth Price and Booker Prize nominated author Tom McCarthy. The banners will hang from the balconies of flats in Bowater House directly opposite The Denizen, Taylor Wimpey’s planned luxury apartment block on the corner of Golden Lane and Fann Street, close to London’s financial centre. Slogans such as ‘Zombie Investors Take Stock’, ‘Homes for Heroes’, ‘children need sunlight to grow’ and ‘parasites will starve in this carcass of culture’, oppose the new development and draw attention to the failure of neo-liberal economics in Britain’s cities; its legacies of social cleansing, housing crisis, and damage to modernist architectural heritage, as well as the art-washing of urban devastation. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair when the international super-rich descend on London to invest in the capital’s cultural products.

The Denizen has planning permission from the City of London council and will overshadow local homes, the adjacent Jewin Welsh Chapel, Fortune Street Park, Richard Cloudesley and Prior Weston Schools and the Golden Lane Children’s Centre. Sunlight is being stolen from children, residents and local workers to create ghost homes for investors who won’t live in them. The community in Bowater House who will lose up to 70 percent of the light coming into their flats have collaborated on the exhibition. The entire installation has been designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio to appear as a colourful, high impact collage of architecture and text. The exhibition is curated by Clare Carolin.

Bowater House is part of Golden Lane Estate, an ensemble of grade II listed social housing designed in the 1950s and occupying a former World War II bombsite. Taylor Wimpey’s development entails the demolition of Bernard Morgan House, a classic example of civic modernist architecture completed in 1960 to accommodate 110 key workers; the new building has no social housing provision to replace any of what will be lost from this stock inside City of London boundaries. The Taylor Wimpey development is massively over scaled and completely out of keeping with world-renowned architecture it will be situated between, the Golden Lane Estate to the north and the Barbican complex to the south. Both these internationally recognised modernist icons were designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

Artists: Mark Aerial Waller, Fiona Banner, Deborah Curtis, Adam Dant, Jeremy Deller, Arnaud Desjardin, Margarita Gluzberg, Patrick Goddard, Pippa Henslowe, Stewart Home, Siu Lan Ko, Tom McCarthy, Fraser Muggeridge, Katrina Palmer, Cornelia Parker, Esther Planas, Elizabeth Price, Anjalika Sagar – The Otolith Group, Iain Sinclair, Gavin Turk, Eleanor Vonne Brown.

Local art context: The northwest corner of the City of London — including Golden Lane and Fann Street — was recently rebranded Culture Mile by this local authority. Two Banksy murals appeared at the southern end of Golden Lane on the Barbican complex on 17 September 2017; this is 2 minutes walk from Bowater House. 5 minutes walk to the north on Norman Street, Burnhill House is flying hand painted protest banners against the Finsbury redevelopment plan; these were produced by local artists Riah Niaf and Liz Rever working with St Luke’s Community Collective.

Spectres of Modernism Part 2: is a second stage of the project in which artists are invited to document the banner installation on Bowater House. Together with the banners their work will be auctioned to fund the exhibition and the Save Golden Lane Campaign. Artists included in Part 2 are: Anthony Auerbach, Zoe Brown, Justin Coombes, Rut Blees Luxembourg, Sarah Dobai, Chris Dorley-Brown, Eva Stenram, Nina Wakeford and Students from the MA Visual Sociology, Goldsmiths. Auction: December 10, Kunstraum, 21 Roscoe Street, EC1 8PT.

Fraser Muggeridge Studio: (Fraser Muggeridge, Luke Hall, Jules Estèves, Rachel Treliving, Joe Nava and Elena Papassissa) is a graphic design company based in London. Throughout a wide range of formats, from artists’ books and exhibition catalogues to posters, marketing material, exhibitions and websites, the studio prioritises artists’ and writers’ content over the imposition of a signature style.

Clare Carolin: is an internationally active freelance curator from London. Previously she was Exhibition Curator at the Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre, London, Senior Curator at Modern Art Oxford and Deputy Director and Senior Research Tutor in the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art. She has lived in Bowater House for 20 years. Spectres of Modernism reflects her specialist interests in modern architecture and the aesthetics of protest.

More information HERE.

01/10/17: Reader offer: The Digital Critic

Publisher O/R Books is offering 3:AM readers a discount on pre-orders of The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online, edited by Houman Barekat, Robert Barry and 3:AM co-editor in chief David Winters. The book, which will be published in December 2017, is a collection of seventeen essays exploring the impact of the digital revolution on many aspects of literary life, from criticism to fiction-writing, from translation to book distribution and PR. Contributors include Joanna Walsh, Scott Esposito, Jonathon Sturgeon and Lauren Elkin.

The book is available to pre-order via the O/R Books website. 3:AM readers can obtain a 20% discount by keying in the code ‘Online’ at purchase.

02/09/17: Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night

Punk is Dead: Modernity Killed Every Night, the book I’ve co-edited and co-written, is published by Zero Books on 27th October.

It is composed of three elements, all mixed up:
— A (slightly) more theoretical approach than you’ll usually find in this kind of book (there’s an interview with philosopher Simon Critchley, for instance, or a piece on proto Dadaist Arthur Cravan).
— A series of personal recollections from musicians and fanzine writers highlighting the way punk was actually experienced at the time (Judy Nylon, Andy Blade of Eater, Paul Gorman, Tony D of Ripped & Torn/Kill Your Pet Puppy, Tom Vague…).
— Historical documents (Jonh Ingham’s first piece on the Patti Smith Band, for instance, or Penny Rimbaud’s “Banned from the Roxy” rant-manifesto, republished in book form for the very first time).

Here is a full list of contributors: Andy Blade, Neal Brown, Richard Cabut, Simon Critchley, Tony Drayton (Tony D), Mark Fisher, Andrew Gallix, Paul Gorman, Barney Hoskins, Jonh Ingham, Judy Nylon, Dorothy Max Prior, Ted Polhemus, Simon Reynolds, Penny Rimbaud, Nicholas Rombes, Jon Savage, Bob Short, Tom Vague, David Wilkinson, David and Stuart Wise.

21/08/17: Staff changes + Calls for submissions

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Tristan Foster

Tristan Foster will join 3:AM founder Andrew Gallix and David Winters as a Co-editor in chief. He will continue to accept your reviews and nonfiction submissions.


Isabella Streffen

Welcome to Isabella Streffen who joins the team as a Contributing editor. She is now accepting reviews and nonfiction submissions with a focus on art, tactical media, institutional critique, objects and agents, writing art and visual culture. Submit here + follow her on twitter: @minxmarple


Steven J. Fowler

Poetry editor Steven J. Fowler has re-opened poetry submissions but only for the Duos and Poem Brut series. No other submissions will be read.

Duos: collaborative poems written / made by two poets. There is no criteria for the poems or process. Please send a single bio and single photo for both authors.

Poem Brut: poems exploring handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, visual poetry and material process, colour, scribbling, scrawlings, crossings out, ink, forgotten notes, found text, interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, geometric poems, inarticulate poems, minimalism, collage, toilet wall writing. No works produced on a computer.


See the Contacts page for full editor contact information.

19/08/17: In Conversation: Iosi Havilio & Adelle Stripe

Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester & And Other Stories are delighted to welcome Iosi Havillo to celebrate the publication of his new book, Petite Fleur.

On Monday 21st August, Iosi will be chatting with Adelle Stripe, author of Black Teeth and A Brilliant Smile, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books.

Iosi Havilio became a cult author in Argentina after his debut novel Open Door was highly praised by the outspoken and influential writer Rodolfo Fogwill and by influential Argentine critic, Beatriz Sarlo. Petite Fleur is his fifth novel.

Adelle Stripe is the recipient of the K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction and the author of three chapbook collections of poetry, the most recent, Dark Corners of the Land, was 3:AM’s Poetry Book of the Year. Her writing has featured in publications including The Guardian, Stool Pigeon, Caught by the River and Chiron Review. Her poem, ‘The Humber Star’, was performed at John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux at Hull 2017 and was described by the FT as a work of ‘fantastic depth and poignancy.’


15/08/17: Paul Tickell presents Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry

Tickets Available
13 October 2017 at 7 p.m.

London Review Bookshop

Join the London Review Bookshop for a screening of Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry, presented by director Paul Tickell.

Adapted from the angry novel by experimental novelist BS Johnson, this is an ambitious attempt to capture on film a particularly English strain of frustration, resentment and despair. A strong cast and score (from The Auteurs’ Luke Haines, pictured above with Tickell at our 2002 inaugural event) underpin a powerful, politically committed tale of credit and debit, as trainee accountant Christie sets out to balance the books with society, moving from minor transgressions to major urban unrest.

The evening will be hosted by Gareth Evans, film curator at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Running time 94 mins

14/08/17: David Hayden & Joanna Walsh

7 September 2017 at 7 p.m.
London Review Bookshop

David Hayden and 3:AM’s Joanna Walsh will be at the London Review Bookshop to talk about their new short story collections. Walsh’s Worlds from the Word’s End is published by And Other Stories, Hayden’s Darker With the Lights On by Little Island Press. Dubravka Ugrešić has described Walsh’s collection as ‘unconventional writing that is going to enchant unconventional readers’; something equally applicable to Hayden’s book, and the prospect of this whole lively evening. The event will be chaired by Chris Power — tickets are available from the LRB website.

04/08/17: Revenge of the Spoken: A Celebration of Gordon Lish

To celebrate the publication of Gordon Lish’s White Plains (Little Island Press, 2017), Hotel, Little Island Press, and Locomotrix are pleased to co-host an evening of readings of and around Lish’s work.

Chaired by 3:AM‘s David Winters, the program will include readings from Claire-Louise Bennett, David Hayden, Will Eaves and a pre-recorded lecturette from Lish himself, aired exclusively on this occasion.

Copies of White Plains will be available on the night at a discounted price and copies of Hotel #2 & #3 will also be for sale. Hotel #3 includes a sequence of works from White Plains and a hitherto unreleased story by Lish, ‘Bamford or Bust!’

24 August, 7pm
Housmans Radical Booksellers, 5 Caledonian Road, London


01/08/17: The Digital Critic

A new book about online literary culture, co-edited by 3:AM’s David Winters.

What do we think of when we think of literary critics? Enlightenment snobs in powdered wigs? Professional experts? Cloistered academics? Through the end of the 20th century, book review columns and literary magazines held onto an evolving but stable critical paradigm, premised on expertise, objectivity, and carefully measured response. And then the Internet happened.

From the editors of Review 31 and 3:AM MagazineThe Digital Critic brings together a diverse group of perspectives—early-adopters, Internet skeptics, bloggers, novelists, editors, and others—to address the future of literature and scholarship in a world of Facebook likes, Twitter wars, and Amazon book reviews. It takes stock of the so-called Literary Internet up to the present moment, and considers the future of criticism: its promise, its threats of decline, and its mutation, perhaps, into something else entirely.

With contributions from Robert Barry, Russell Bennetts, Michael Bhaskar, Louis Bury, Lauren Elkin, Scott Esposito, Marc Farrant, Orit Gat, Thea Hawlin, Ellen Jones, Anna Kiernan, Luke Neima, Will Self, Jonathon Sturgeon, Sara Veale, Laura Waddell, and Joanna Walsh.

Forthcoming from O/R Books: pre-order here.

29/07/17: Enemies of the People

Adam Biles, Eloise Millar and Sam Jordison at Shakespeare and Company on Thursday. Sam read from his hilarious, angry new book, Enemies of the People.