Proteus Gowanus » proteotypes An interdisciplinary gallery and reading room Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Proteotypes Launches New Book, ‘Painting at Dora’ Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:48:29 +0000
Friday, June 27, 6-8pm
Please join us as we launch the latest Libellula from Proteotypes, the publishing arm of Proteus Gowanus. Painting at Dora was written by François Le Lionnais in 1945, months after his escape from the forced labor camp at Dora-Nordlingen. The memoir movingly describes the game (or spiritual practice) he played with a comrade, in order to keep from despair in brutal circumstances. In 1960, Le Lionnais went on to found, with Raymond Queneau, the OuLiPo — the French association of writers and mathematicians dedicated to producing constraints for literary and other sorts of composition, constraints currently practiced and imitated at Proteus Gowanus in the Writhing Society‘s weekly salons.
Painting at Dora has been translated by another member of OuLiPo, Daniel Levin Becker, who will be on hand on the 27th to sign books and chat. Levin Becker is also the author of Many Subtle Channels (Harvard), a portrait of the OuLiPo, and the translator of Georges Perec’s dream-book La Boutique Obscure (Melville House).
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Launch party for Proteotypes latest Libellula: Martin Nakell’s A Subset of Chance Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:28 +0000 Friday, April 25, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Proteotypes’ Libellulæ series brings creaturely new texts to life, and we are very proud to have A Subset of Chance as our latest and fifth. A far-flung, full-frenzy poem, A Subset of Chance dips a web woven of geography and philosophy into the polychromic vat of language. In it Martin Nakell obeys two constraints you might think hard to combine. The first, derived from Chaos Theory, posits that “any arbitrarily small perturbation of the current trajectory will lead to significantly different future composition.” The second is the rigorous Kabbalistic procedure of gematria, whereby letters are given their numerical value. Martin will read, explain, and sign copies.

Please join us this Friday evening to meet Martin and send this new Libellula whirring out into the world! There will be wine and snacks.

Martin Nakell is an award-winning poet and novelist who believes that the experience of art is energy – in literary art an energy achieved by discovering a language new to each work, a discovery which can be achieved by submitting the language to a turbulence. His books includeThe Library of Thomas Rivka (Sun &Moon), The Myth of Creation (Parentheses Writing Series), Ramon (Jawbone Press), Two Fields that Face & Mirror Each Other (Green Integer), Goings (Margin-to-Margin Press), Form, Settlement, and Tautological Eye (all Spuyten Duyvil). He is married to the writer Rebecca Goodman and lives in Orange, CA.


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Secret Wars: Readings Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:41:56 +0000 Sunday, March 24, 5pm

The battles fought at night between white and black witches. The battle fought at bedtime between a newly married royal couple. The battle fought in subway stations with poisoned chewing gum. The battle fought with children in a dream. The culture war fought as an emergent species struggles for recognition as a civilized kind. The key battles of such “secret wars” will be the matter read aloud from translations of Czech, Japanese, American, Italian, and Old Irish crypto-military histories. Organized by Wendy Walker, editor of Proteotypes, the publishing arm of Proteus Gowanus.


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Learn Diplomacy the Easy Way with Tom LaFarge Sat, 01 Dec 2012 01:41:48 +0000 Sunday, December 2, 2pm

Proteotypes editor Tom LaFarge will conduct an instructional Diplomacy workshop in the Proteus Gowanus War Games Room. Diplomacy is a board game set in Europe just before WW1 requiring both negotiation and strategy in order to win. This workshop is intended for those who would like to learn the basic rules of play. When you’ve learned the basics, you can play the game in our War Games Room, Saturdays and Sunday, 12-6pm. Class fee: $7

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A Party for Cryptozoo, a new Proteotypes Book Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:02:39 +0000 Saturday, September 22, 7pm

Join us for wine and conversation to launch Proteotypes’ new publication, Cryptozoo. In this handsome feuilleton twelve writers have undertaken to respond to twelve images from Erik Schurink’s “Cryptozoo” portfolio. With his mind on paradise, theme of a Proteus Gowanus show he was co-curating, he started to notice animals coming out of hiding as if summoned. They emerged from sidewalks, walls, and streets, from bits of industrial scrap, from wire window-grates, from rust stains and scuffings in dust, and posed briefly for his camera.

When Proteotypes editor Tom LaFarge saw them, he knew these animals wanted to inhabit a book, so they invited writers to answer one particular image, chosen for them by lot. Come to the reception to view the charming results and stay for a glass of wine or two.

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Party for New Proteotypes Book by James Walsh Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:21:30 +0000 Friday, April 20, 7pm

James Walsh, a longtime friend of Proteus Gowanus as well as a founder/collaborator of Observatory, has just brought out his latest book, There was Something in the Weather, in the Libellulæ series published by Proteotypes, our print arm.

There was Something in the Weather consists of extracts from the early journals of John Ruskin, the most influential art critic of 19th century Britain. These entries, however, were written when Ruskin was sixteen and making his first journey to Switzerland and Italy, shortly after having been denied the love of Adèle-Clotilde Domecq, daughter of his father’s partner. By using a traced-type calligraphy and reformatting journal entries as lines of verse, James Walsh has moved Ruskin’s text nearer the reader and brought out the suppressed feeling in what might otherwise appear neutral observations of rocks, buildings, glaciers, and skies.

James will read, and there’ll be wine and refreshments. Copies of There was Something in the Weather will be available for purchase and signing.

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Museum of Matches: Book Launch Tue, 21 Jun 2011 03:10:13 +0000 Saturday, June 25, 7:30-9pm

Proteotypes, the publishing division of Proteus Gowanus, is delighted to announce the publication of a long-awaited new book, Museum of Matches, by Sasha Chavchavadze.

Join us for a celebration at Proteus Gowanus.

In this non-linear memoir, Chavchavadze, an interdisciplinary artist and founder of Proteus Gowanus, creates a “pocket museum,” an archive of anecdote, artwork, artifacts, documents and photographs, opening windows into several historical moments as she searches for matches between past and present.

As the author points out, “Each of us inherits a museum of matches. Each of us is touched by war. My museum of matches contains a collection of images snapshots of reality, tossed on the floor like coins of the I-Ching. Out of the seeming chaos I watch for relationships and patterns to form.”

Enjoy wine and refreshments, and take a tour of the Museum of Matches, a one-room Cold War museum. Formerly an annex to the gallery, the Museum has now re-opened as a project-in-residence at Proteus Gowanus.

Visit the book on the Proteotypes website.

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