Join us for the launch of BASE BASE, the first book-length collection of texts by Jesper List Thomsen, including a reading by the artist.
Edited by artists Tania Córdova and Francesco Pedraglio, and published in bilingual edition (English and Spanish) by the Mexico-based editorial project Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing, BASE BASE is the third title in the artist-led, independent publishing project's editorial activity.
BASE BASE brings together the works #LOVEOFGOD; 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 and Blackbirds. Arranged non-chronologically, the three pieces span a seven year period with Blackbirds written specifically for the publication. Each text, by way of its own method, positions List Thomsen’s body in relation to an event; a hotel room in LA, the avenues of Manhattan, the political reality of the present. He moves through, collects, but rarely interprets these varied topographies.
Jesper List Thomsen is a Danish artist and writer based in London and Athens. Recent performances and exhibitions include Hollis and Money, ICA, London/ Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart; Speak Through You, Hot Wheels Projects, Athens; A Social Body Event, Serpentine Gallery, London; Micro-Composition, Rozenstraat, Amsterdam; The body, the body, the tongue, Reading International; Hand and Mind, Grand Union, Birmingham; The boys the girls and the political, Lisson Gallery, London; One Hour Exhibition, South London Gallery, London. He is also a part of the artist collective Am Nuden Da.
A collaboration between Tania Pérez Córdova and Francesco Pedraglio, Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing is a Mexico City/London-based, artist-led, independent publisher interested in commissioning, republishing, translating and distributing works of fiction and poetry by writers and artists. Previous books include Flores para los muertos / Flowers for the dead by Luis Felipe Fabre (2016) and Choreography / Coreografía by Paul Becker (2017).
With bilingual editions and a specific focus on translation, Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing explores the line separating literary works and the experimental writings put forward by visual artists, publishing authors that imagine new and ambiguous spaces for fiction and that test the limits of narrative and poetic writings.