THE BOOK OF RAFT
***Preorder, ships in November***
The book of Raft is an artist book- a fairytale, a logbook and an archive at once.
It pertains to “Raft”, an engaged and polymorphic multimedia project that includes a feature length film, a monthly radio show and a month-long exhibition and festival at London’s cult venue The Horse Hospital, building a localised human network and a living archive of countercultural poetic interventions within the heart of London, and featuring, amongst many, the voices and works of Gareth Evans, Marina Warner, Brian Catling, Andrea Luka Zimmermann, Shaun Caton, Gavin Bryars, and Sukhdev Sandhu.
Raft is a project of great human ambition, exploring the shape of devotion in a secular city, and the role of art as a catalyst and lifeline. What has been achieved in real space, on the airwaves and inside the frame, is now gathered in a book to be shared with an entire new audience, translated to a medium- paper- that is the most subversive, resilient and pervasive of them all.
The book of Raft tells the story of a city as seen from the side of the human (in the tradition of books such as Rebecca Solnit’s City Atlases), illuminating all the eccentric, marginal, idiosyncratic details that can enchant a place, imbue it with mystery and hope, and make its soil fertile again, and that only become visible when we reframe our attention and subvert our understanding of what is central and what marginal.
In this book, psychogeography alternates with prose poems, printmaking, photography and transcribed interviews with contemporary artists, thinkers and cultural advocates, to present a version of the city, one that quivers with ambition, of humanity, tenderness and a deeply universal resonance- the book as a commons!