BOOK SALE AND ARTIST FILMS
AUG 1- 31
OPENING 1 AUG / 12-6
The TACO! bookshop reopens on the 1st August with new stock including the latest instalment of Weird Walk, Recipes for Resistance by Raju Rage, the freshly launched Limbo Magazine, Into the Night from Theo Turpin, and newly restocked copies of The Town of Tomorrow plus an expanded range of many more new titles.
The TACO! bookshop is a platform for independent publications, zines, vinyl and artist materials produced by publishers, small press, groups, galleries, and artist practitioners. Throughout August the bookshop will be hosting a summer sale of a large selection of affordable second hand titles on art, architecture, film, art theory and fiction with prices ranging from £1 -£5.
Also throughout the month and accompanying the sale we’ll be screening short artist films by Chooc Ly Tan, Nastassja Simensky, Nicole Morris and Hiroki Ishikawa that explore ideas ranging from deep geography and drunken architecture to disembodied bodily functions and microscopic geology.
Self-diagnoseSuper 8 film on digital with sound, 3 minutes 26 seconds
Self-diagnose explores the relationship of mental health to domestic space. Shot on super 8 film and edited in camera, the soundtrack was made by inviting different participants to explore concepts of Grief, Joy, Fear, Anger and Worry within domestic spaces through sounds and speech. From positive affirmations to fortune fish, the film explores the connections between emotional feelings and physical realities, focusing specifically on how domestic anxiety can manifest when confined to the home.
16mm film transferred to digital video with sound
7 minutes, 2014
Set against a soundtrack composed from hydrophone and contract mic recordings, calcified aquatic worm casts and Heart Urchin tests washed up form Essex estuaries are examined alongside FP Burridge's aspirational architecture for Southend Central library and archival Nasa footage. Built in 1974 the brutalist building was temporarily left empty when the Library relocated in 2013.
Chooc Ly Tan
Disobey to the Dance of Time: Samples 1, 2 & 3Video, no sound, 2 minutes 28 seconds each, 2016
Disobey to the Dance of Time (samples 1, 2 and 3), is a revised version of a video installation combining a colourful music visualizer, known as Akira Phase, moving to a 148 bpm-trance track, a 3D representation of Africa hovering in space-time, and the artist dancing to a hidden track coming from deep space.
Cocktail ShakerSingle HD video, 6 mins, 2019
Hiroki Ishikawi presents Cocktail Shaker footage from his 2019 installation We are already drunken
‘We all have been already drunken since “it” has started.
Once, you remember the taste you cannot stop.
Let’s shake shake shake.’
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Born of Lexical BorT
1 OCT - 8 NOV
Luke is standing next to a small wellspring. Ley lines and neolithic history criss cross this small corner of his rural Wiltshire home. He’s young, much younger than he is now, practically a different person. He comes here often to escape the torments of growing up. He’s eating Kelloggs Start cereal and looking at tiny star shaped fossils, Crinoidea. They are embedded in the rocks of the spring. In a moment of reverie he makes a revelatory connection, between the form of the cereal swilling in his mouth and the form of the tiny fossils that once swilled in the sea. Everything is seemingly connected.
Food for thought…
In this origin scene of object relationships something is established, or destabilised. Visual associations become linguistic connections, become physical sensation. Words and ideas tangle with physical action and materials. Now made tangible, language becomes something that is chewed and broken down. Words into letters, letters into sounds. Language, and its material associations become a masticated jumble in the mouth. It’s confusing where the subject, the ‘i’ , begins and end. The mouth is where the outside and inside meet, the beginning and end of the self.
This uncanny existential moment with its physical and conceptual dissonance has lingered. It haunts. In the work of Luke McCreadie language has become a sculptural material and malleable form. Its ingested and part of the body. You are what you eat. Its spat out, shat out, and moulded. What was once fixed and certain is now a loosely flapping phonology, leaving material objects and their associations liberated and playful.
Luke makes things that are recognisable but illegible. It’s not a straightforward reading. Materials behave like body parts, objects stand in for words. Meanings are unmoored from their phonetical and material signifiers. One has to get a feel for it, try pronouncing a few words. Make sense of it by inhabiting it or picking it up. Gain a foot hold, get a grip.
Working across sculpture, video, drawing and installation- Luke reconstitutes materials and objects into a personal syntax and sculptural grammar. ‘Things’ are made to feel and explain ‘things’ that cant be explained and understood with just words.
Experimental Neurosemantics for kids -read this out loud: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
Semantic satiation is a psychological phenomenon in which repetition suspends meaning. Rapidly repeating the sound of a word makes neurons in the brain fire quickly, rapidly firing to the point where it dulls the neuron pathway between word and meaning. Stroking your own hand until you cant feel it.
The linguistic process, the way we conceptualise the world through language and make connections, is a physical process. There is actual matter involved. Neurons, the tiniest cells in the brain, transmit the information from one point in the brain to another. This stimuli, this information, to that association, to that meaning. One connection to another connection to another. A materially facilitated passing of the informational baton that results in cognition, action, change. Language is a complex physiological action, it can literally trip you up. And it’s physically happening right now inside of our heads.
Born of Lexical Bort is an exhibition of new sculptural works by British artist Luke McCreadie (b:1985). It’s a drift of sorts through a ‘mis en scene’ of memory, language , and sculpture. There is a handmade fence (or a cage), and a spring with fossils. Some graphemes, drawings of body parts, and some objects made from materials that behave like they come from the body, and some words that behave like objects. Luke works across sculpture, sound, video and installation. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Matts Gallery (London), Mauve (Vienna), MOCA Museum (Taiwan) and Zabludowicz Collection (London). He lives and works in London.
RTM.FM is a radio station developed and managed by TACO! as a platform for community produced culture, debate, art and music. The station provides opportunities for local people to produce and distribute their own content and learn new skills in broadcasting, production, and presenting.
TACO! manages the broadcast studio, coordinates the RTM community, supports the delivery of the station and ensures access for anyone to make and broadcast their own content. In addition to managing the studio set up, also programmes arts content on the station’s broadcast schedule.
The station’s broadcast content and public facing activities are developed in collaboration with the wider community. Decisions on station policy, broadcast scheduling, submitted content, public events, training and budgets are made by a voluntary RTM management committee made up by individuals from the community. This group is supported to undertake this role by TACO! as part of the and through funding from Arts Council England and the Creative People and Places fund.
Membership of the committee is for a set time period with members stepping out of the group to make space for new members after their turn is complete. To represent the interests of the RTM community an RTM committee member attends the decision making meetings of the board of directors of TACO!
The station is currently seeking proposals for shows and regular broadcast content. If you would like to get involved then send us your proposals here.
The station takes its name in homage to the original RTM, which was started in 1978, one of the first community radio stations in the country. The project was initated by TACO! through the commissioing of an artist project by Sam Skinner in 2018.
You can listen to documentry made by the artist about the histroy of radio in Thamesmead here
EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS