Inventory, Book Works

SecMoCo were invited by the magnanimous Mattew Higgs, via the excellent publishers Book Works, to help design and produce Smash This Puny Existence with the artfully subversive collective known as Inventory. This resulted in the publication taking the form of broadsheet posters– large format, double-sided sheets housed within long cardboard tubes.

First published by Book Works 1999 in an edition of 1,500 copies; edited by Matthew Higgs as part of the series Publish And Be Damned; 6 x b&w double-sided sheets, 678 x 478 mm, rolled and housed in a cardboard tube

Context from the Book Works website:
Smash This Puny Existence emerged from street actions staged by Inventory in streets in London and Glasgow. Overnight, the collective fly-posted a series of newly-commissioned texts and images along with ‘found’ material, transforming two busy thoroughfares into public ‘newspapers’. The street became a discursive, polemical space, a place for the exchange of ideas and information. […] It is a significant contribution to Inventory’s ongoing determination of a ‘fierce sociology’.



The main working principle behind the innovative Paul Elliman’s Box Space fax magazine, was to utilize the potential of new technology to swiftly combine and distribute material from distant sources.

As such, SecMoCo were delighted to be invited to contribute, (by fax only– a newly emergenent method at the time) the ‘words’ to accompany the similarly faxed-in ‘image’ component (from a different contributor) for a piece on Lisbon. These ‘text pages’ were generated as a result of political graffiti and other typographical findings during sessions of itinerant roaming around that intriguing capital city in the previous year.

The magazine went on the win a prestigious D&AD award in the 1991 Design & Art Direction awards.

First published, in an unlimited fax edition, by Paul Elliman, UK, 1991; edited by Paul Elliman and Peter Miles; texts: various contributors; dimensions: 840mm width, variable length; variable number of pages & images; printed by fax machine on fax rolls.

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Identity: print and digital

SecMoCo were appointed by the estimable and inspiring Alan Read (Professor of Theatre in the Department of English, School of Arts & Humanities, Kings College, London, UK) to develop the digital and print identity for the Performance Foundation, based in the Anatomy Theatre & Museum at Kings, on the Strand and the East Wing of Somerset House. As an organisation it seeks to to broker, via a process of creative arts, cultural interventions and practice-led processes, collaborative associations between academics, artists, artisans, architects and the interested public in the areas of performance techniques and technologies, and their operation.