Impulse Archaeology, Edited by Eldon Garnet

Impulse Archaeology, Edited by Eldon Garnet

University of Toronto Press

December 6, 2005

Edited by Eldon Garnet

University of Toronto Press
Cloth ISBN 0-8020-8787-6
272pp / 11 x 11 format replicates magazine / July 2005


Founded in 1971, Impulse was an internationally known art and culture magazine of the 1970s and 80s, a visual and conceptual cornerstone in magazine publishing. During its run, Impulse featured the writings and thought of some of the worlds most influential and provocative minds, including Andy Warhol, Jean Baudrillard, William S. Burroughs, and Paul Virilio, and work by some of the worlds foremost artists, among them Patti Smith, Michael Snow, and Joel Peter Witkin. The magazine was experimental, a work of art in itself.

Eldon Garnet was the editor and publisher of Impulse from 1975 to 1990, when it ceased publication, and with Impulse Archaeology, he brings the magazines spirit back to life. The book is an eclectic collection of original and groundbreaking interviews, articles, and artwork that ranges from pieces on punk rock to early discussions on postmodernism, and that includes contributions from artists, architects, writers, and philosophers.
Impulse Archaeology honours this important period in Canadian art and cultural history, recalling the early influence of like-minded publications from New York and the import of French theorists and European artists and writers into North America. Impulse brought the world into Canada and Canada to the world.
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The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents Impulse Archaeology in the project room from November 18, 2005 to December 31, 2005. Impulse Archaeology fills Toronto with one of the largest dynamic collections of contemporary works from the magazines history. Curated by Impulse founding Editor Eldon Garnet, the show features hundreds of original artworks, texts, videos, ephemera and other published and non-published submissions to the magazine that includes such cultural icons as John Waters, Andy Warhol, Vito Acconci, Patti Smith, Blondie, David Cronenberg, Iggy Pop, William S. Burroughs, Michael Snow and Nina Hagen, just to name a few. The selection reflects the various areas that the magazine devoted its pages to: visual art, music, film, architecture, theory, literature, and gender discourse.

In conjunction with the exhibition a series of talks and readings by Impulse contributors will take place at the Drake Hotel Underground in Toronto. (Consult for full schedule and listings.)

MOCCA 952 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada M6J 1G8 Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11-6pm. Admission is free. T:

ECHOES FROM A COLD CITY: December 8 The final evening presents a selection of poets and prose writers and performers who represent Impulses strong literary link. It is an evening of readings hosted by Janet Bellotto. Readers and performers include Louise Bak, Victor Coleman, Chris Dewdney, Pier Giorgio DiCicco, Joe Hall, Sheila Heti, Chris Kraus, Sarah Sheard, Michael Snow, Russel Smith, and Andrew J.

DRAKE HOTEL Underground 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada M6J 1J3 Events begin at 7:00pm. T: 416.531.5042

ELDON GARNET is an international photographic artist and novelist based in Toronto and a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design (

For more information on the book, please contact Ruta Liormonas, publicist, at (416) 978-2239 x 248,

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