January 6, 2011 - Fillip - New Artist’s Book by Antonia Hirsch
January 6, 2011

New Artist’s Book by Antonia Hirsch

New Artist's Book by Antonia Hirsch

New Publication

Fillip is pleased to announce the release of Antonia Hirsch’s new artist’s book, Komma (after Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun), with accompanying essays by Maria Muhle and Kristina Lee Podesva.

The companion piece to a 16 mm film installation by the same title, Hirsch’s book is based on Hollywood scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo’s seminal anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun. As a modified facsimile of the original book’s first edition, the project re-imagines Trumbo’s novel through its syntactical idiosyncrasy, the omission of all commas.

The word “comma” is derived from the Greek komma, meaning “something cut off,” reflecting eerily on the plight of the fictional Johnny—a young American soldier who has been brutally mutilated as a result of combat.

Addressing issues of silencing, censorship, and instrumentalization, the project is refracted through the original novel’s historical context and Trumbo’s personal history. Komma proposes to represent the suppressed or “negative space” of the novel by isolating the text’s missing commas, rendering visible a subtext that the author made traceable only through an absence.

The book is available through Motto Distribution (Europe) and DAP (North America) as well as directly from Fillip for 40 USD, postage paid. A signed, limited edition is available for 100 USD. For more information, contact office@fillip.ca.

140 mm x 203 mm, Clothbound
316 pages + 16-page pamphlet
ISBN: 978-0-9738133-9-5
40.00 USD/ Order

Other Releases for 2011
Fillip is also pleased to announce the worldwide availability of Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, a book co-published by Fillip Editions and Artspeak featuring essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, Maria Fusco, Sven Lütticken, Tom Morton, and Tirdad Zolghadr, among others. This title is available through DAP and Motto Distribution.

Also new this winter are Fact ‘n’ Value by poet Donato Mancini and How High is the City, How Deep is Our Love by critical urbanist Jeff Derksen. These two titles are the first in a new series of bound pamphlets published and printed by Fillip.

To order any of these titles directly, please visit out Web site (fillip.ca).

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Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 2N4

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