Based on the work of Timothy Carey, Dead Flowers features new scholarship on this actor & filmmaker’s cultural contributions through the lens of contemporary art. Including Charles Atlas, Alvin Baltrop, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Johanna Constantine, Marti Domination, Scott Ewalt, Georg Gatsas, Brandon Olson, Kembra Pfahler, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Tabboo! (Stephen Tashjian) & Paul Thek.
Edited by Jonathan Berger, designed by Julian Bittiner, and published with Regency Arts Press, this book includes early texts about Stuart Sherman’s spectacle works by John Matturri (1978), and Berenice Reynaud (published in October 1979); artists’ projects and essays by Molly McGarry, Mark Bradford, and interviews with SUPERSTUDIO and SITE Projects.
Thread Waxing Space and the 90s
PARTICIPANT INC is also the co-publisher, with Thread Waxing Space, of the ten-year anthology, The Alternative to What? Thread Waxing Space and the 90s. This publication (forthcoming, 2011) addresses a decade of alternative arts presenting together with a cultural history of the 90s. Authors include: Eileen Myles, Vaginal Davis, Michael Azerrad, Peggy Phelan, Julie Ault and Martin Beck, Ed Halter, Barbara Pollack, Lia Gangitano, Roger Denson, Sam Brumbaugh, among others.
The first publication produced by PARTICIPANT PRESS was Kathe Burkhart’s illustrated novella, The Double Standard, in 2005.
The latest publication by PARTICIPANT PRESS, Blood and Guts in Hollywood: Two Screenplays by Laura Parnes, was produced in conjunction with Janie 1978-1982 a.k.a. Blood and Guts in High School, a multimedia installation inspired by Kathy Acker’s influential novel, presented at PARTICIPANT INC in spring 2009. In appropriating Blood and Guts in High School, Parnes pays homage to Acker’s radically inventive use of literary appropriation and intertextuality.