Alun Rowlands

SecMoCo is proud to have worked on a number of projects with the independant publishing and commissioning organization Book Works, London, UK. They are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists and exploring the innovative possibilities of book production.

For this publication -ostensibly an artists monograph, but resulting in a wryly oblique presentation of  three progressive practices – SecMoCo had the pleasure of engaging with the thorough-going intellect of the artist Alun Rowlands. In conceptual dialogue with him we produced a type of binding appropriate for the formal needs of the project, resulting in an object that hopefully delivers on a conceptual, tactile, and aestheic level.

Published by Book Works in an edition of 1000 copies, London, UK, 2007; edited by Alun Rowlands; 230 x 165 mm; 80pp; thread sewn; 3 x fold-out pamphlets, 4-colour and b&w, 2 colour cover, saddle-stitched with concertina binding.

Context from the Book Works website:
3 Communiqués is a documentary fiction charting a journey through the marginal histories of communalism, self-presentation and collective agency. It forges a subjunctive archaeology that renegotiates utopian propositions as a way of both making art and as a tool for progressive thinking.’
‘Stanley Green, ‘The Protein Man’ is embroiled in an argument. He trawls the city streets campaigning for the suppression of desire through diet. His self-published pamphlet, Eight Passion Proteins with Care outlines the connections between nutrition, sedentary life and human sexuality. A second constellation recounts the history of a non-conformist group founded on action-analysis and bohemian schedules. Elsewhere, socialist-utopian Charles Fourier forms the basis of a discussion about the occupation of Sealand, his passional series and visionary designs of the Phalanx rouse the search for an islet of resistance’.