Warewolff! launch and performance
31 August @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us to be ambushed by Gary J Shipley’s Warewolff!: a lyric, sick-humoured and immoral morass of a novel told through reportage from the least-illuminated corners of the human condition.
Extracts of the book will performed in the style of a tribute to the early Dadaist readings of a century ago. Three performers will embody the texts against an improvised accompaniment on self-constructed long-stringed instruments alongside oscillators and filter banks, rendering Warewolff! in a fitting mode – a true howl into the night of the twenty-first century.
In the spirit of those pioneering Cabaret Voltaire soirées there will be beer and sausages.
Warewolff! is a lexicon-in-pieces; a novel blasted into fragments. Amalgamating nuclear warfare, Paris Vogue, and ‘lavish deformities’, it merges a bold experimentation with a literary sensibility and a pitch black, plague-bearing playfulness. Taken as a whole, the fragments of the novel gradually congeal to form an image of a hidden, numinous ‘other’ that lies behind the facade of the text – too terrifying to comprehend but in its facets: a being that learns to talk by shaping the stories of its victims. Warewolff! is at once the summary of those encounters, their metamorphosis, and the corrupted, depraved imago that it forces them to be.
‘JG Ballard on crack’ — Stuart Home, author of 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess and Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie.
‘Beyond horror or the fictional… these convulsions and reassignments called up from dark time can be thought of as 21st century probabilities, those current realities of public dreaming that we accept as our present conditions’ — David Toop, author of Ocean of Sound: Aether Talk, Ambient Sound and Imaginary Worlds.
GARY J SHIPLEY’S most recent book is You With Your Memory Are Dead, one of Dennis Cooper’s favourite five books of 2016. He has published in Vice, The Quietus, Fanzine, Sleepingfish, The Black Herald, Action Yes and many others. He has also contributed to numerous anthologies and academic journals. He is the founding and managing editor of Schism Press.