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John Holten's Oslo: Book Launch

  • Wendy's Subway 722 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States (map)

Readings by John Holten, Robert Fitterman, and Sophia Le Fraga. 

John Holten is a writer and artist as well as a publisher. Born in 1984 in Ireland, he studied at University College Dublin and the Sorbonne-Paris IV before obtaining an MPhil from Trinity College Dublin. In 2011 John published his first novel The Readymades to great acclaim, and the art group he created in the novel, The LGB Group, enjoyed exhibitions in many cities as well as being included in The Armory Show, New York in 2012. Having co-founded Broken Dimanche Press as an international art press in 2009, John has overseen as Editor-In-Chief more than thirty publications and attendant exhibitions, projects and public events. Most recently he travelled to the Congo with artist Richard Mosse for whom he edited A Supplement to The Enclave as part of Mosse’s Deutsche Boerse Photography Prize winning exhibition in London. You Are Here, the first book published by Broken Dimanche Press, won at the Charlemagne European Youth Prize in 2010. As well as this editorial work, John has also written for many artists such as Natalie Czech, Mahony, Darri Lorenzen and Jani Ruscica, often working closely with them to produce immersive or participatory texts. His work has appeared in many international contemporary art settings such as Malmö konsthall, The White Building London, David Zwirner Gallery New York (with Aengus Woods), NGBK and Agora, Berlin and Villa Romana, Florence amongst others. His video commercials for Oslo, Norway have been exhibited in Plan B Gallery and Team Titanic, Berlin, Extrapool, Nijmegen and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. In 2011 he received a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming, 2015), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes On Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009. He is the founding member of the international artists and writers collective, Collective Task. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies. Excerpts of his writing can be found at his website: www.robertfitterman.com

Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of literallydead (2015); I RL, YOU RL (2013) and I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (2012), as well as the anti-plays W8ING 4 and TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0 (2014). Some recent shows include "Eugen Gomringer &" (Bielefelder Kunstverein; Bielefeld, Germany), "Other Titles" (Solo show - Büro Broken Dimanche; Berlin, Germany), "Itself Not So" (Lisa Cooley; New York) and "The Printed Room" (SALTS; Basel, Switzerland). She is the poetry editor at Imperial Matters, a curator for the experimental reading series, Segue, and teaches poetry at BHQFU, New York's freest art school.http://sophialefraga.com/