THE ART OF BOOKS & SMALL PRINT PUBLICATIONS

This is a blog on artist books, artist notebooks, magazines, poetry editions and other small print publications. Like FRIOUR is the Icelandic word for peace, BOKLIST are the Icelandic words for book (bok) and art (list). This is also a group blog in which those who are invited can upload their own books and/or comments.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

LUNA-PARK MAGAZINE

Oh yeah, don't get overexcited because Luna-Park was just another historical Vispo zine and produced in my home town, Brussels.

This is the second issue of April 1976 and it was a present from Robert Varlez, one of my friends in Liège, remarkable artist and editor and printer of the M25 magazine during a decade.

The list of names that collaborated to the zine dazzles me. Anyway I scanned the back cover, so you can see for yourself.

Size: 18 X 24 cm

Pages: 146

Cover by Arthur Spilliaert

Vispo by Jacques Calonne, Belgium.

Calonne was also part of Cobra and advocated himself as an "anti-expert" (my kind of guy).

For him musical scores, litterary writing and graphics were different perspectives OF THE SAME TIME FRAME, just aspects of the same poetic project.

Time became dense and more and more vertical!

Slow down spontaneaous creations to achieve a continuous joy or cry for life, like musical notations dancing on a sheet.

Contribution by Christian Dotremont, Belgium

Founded the Cobra movement, together with Asger Jorn the "ideological leaders" of the group.

The Logogrammes of CD always started from real sentences.

He transposed these in a free writing style on paper with astonishing results.

He explains in a Manifesto in issue 7 of the Cobra zine how he starts looking on writing in a different way almost by accident (this Manifesto has been translated and published in Xtant 4, see another entry on this blog).

Phrase from where CD started was: "on a tort d'être le gardien de but de ses moyens"

(we are wrong to be the goalkeeper of our own means)

9 Comments:

  • At 12:54 AM, Blogger juanluisburke said…

    Hello Guido,

    This issue of Luna PArk you are posting about, is, coincidentally, the axis of a short story by an author named Roberto Bolaño. A Chilean author who has become quite famous during the last couple of years. In this short story, entitled "Roaming in France and Belgium", (from a book entitled "Killer Whores" or "Putas Asesinas" in Spanish), the main character, who is presumably Bolaño himself, but in the story is called just B, buys 3 issues of Luna Park in an antique shop in Paris, but issue no. 2 is the one he pays most attention to. He becomes, in turn, obssesed with the graphics that one Henri Lefebvre draws in this issue, and becomes obssesed with this man´s life, to the point that he travels to his hometown in Belgium looking for the house he grew up in. Anyway, it was really cool to see this issue and read the story at the same time for me.
    Cheers!

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger Editor, Luna Park said…

    This issue was also, through my knowledge of it in the aforementioned Roberto Bolano story, one of the impetuses for my wife and I to begin a literary magazine review--and to title it Luna Park, of course. (If interested, it's blog can be found here: lunaparkreview.blogspot.com, and the first issue will appear on January 31st 2008 here: lunaparkreview.com.

    Anyhow, thanks for these fantastic images and your devotion to print culture.

    Cheers,
    Travis Kurowski

     
  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger Winkhorst said…

    I actually came here after reading that Bolaño story Guido mentions.

    But as a matter of fact the first time I came across the Luna Park thing was when I got this amazing CD with original recordings by artaud, duchamp, tzara, gysin, guyotat and some others. LUNA PARK 010. Edited by the Subrosa label y Brussels.

    http://bit.ly/cHwOrM

     
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  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Verónica Gerber said…

    Please Guido, put more images!!!
    What did Lefebvre published in the issue?
    Its possible for you to send me more images?
    I'm writing about this an its really important to me.
    vgbicecci@yahoo.com
    Verónica

     
  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger Verónica Gerber said…

    Please Guido, put more images!!!
    What did Lefebvre published in the issue?
    Its possible for you to send me more images?
    I'm writing about this an its really important to me.
    vgbicecci@yahoo.com
    Verónica

     
  • At 6:18 AM, Blogger Alain Ayers said…

    Can I get to look at this copy - in Brussels?
    Please mail me. Babes in Brussels
    Thanks

     
  • At 6:18 AM, Blogger Alain Ayers said…

    Based in Brussels! That should say.

     

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