~K48/STARSHIP COUNTERFORCE/RELEASE PARTY
IMAGE: JASON FARBER FOR TELFAR – EXO-SOCIETY/FALL 2008/COURTESY: SCOTT HUG
SCOTT HUG – K48 – STARSHIP COUNTERFORCE – ISSUE 7 – RELEASE PARTY !!
TUESDAY – OCT 28, 2008 – 11PM – 4AM !!
SANTOS PARTY HOUSE – 100 LAFAYETTE – LOWER MANHATTAN
FREE ADMISSION – BUT YA GOTTA BUY YOUR OWN DRINKS – & – SCOTT WANTS TO SEE YOU !! IN FULL COSTUME !!
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY: COME RAD COMRADE, BROTHER BRUNO, THA PUMPSTA, LIVING DAYS & POPULAR SCIENCE/featuring Tobel von Cartier.
DJs: TELFAR, MICHAEL MAGNAN, KINGDOM & FATIMA AL QADIRI.
“join your fellow K48osmonauts at SANTOS as we escape the earth’s problems and celebrate the launch of K48: STARSHIP COUNTERFORCE, issue No. 7 – NYC’s most awesome artist’s fanzine. There will be music and dancing all night as we countdown the last minutes before take 0ff – put on your space suits and bring favorite aliens.
. . . in this issue, K48 explores space, science fiction and our race toward the future.
Our planet is dying. The world faces environmental and economic collapse, consumption continues at even faster rates and governments wage war to feed corporate greed and oil dependency… we feel more and more imprisoned by the forces of gravity and wish to breal free of our oxygen bubble — this spaceship Earth.
Today it’s hard to imagine what the future might look like.. one example that has inspired K48 from the start is George Lucas’ student film, THX 1138. In his film, which he calls “an artifact from the future”, what’s left of Earth is sedated and confined to living in a subterranean world under constant surveillance and where emotions are against the law. There’s no more love, only work to build a robotic police state and to consume — “buy more now”, and “be happy”.
We’re not that far off form Lucas’ vision. In the late 70s and through the mid 80s the pages of OMNI made the future seem glamorous. Today, however, in light of the very real and practical space station, deep space exploration and the search for other habitable planets has lost some of its magic. Nevertheless, the idea of space still resides in our culture as a means of hope and escape. The clean geometric constructions, spectral patterns, cosmic powers, and quantum physics associated with space let us turn away from our human problems and desires to imagine a world uncontaminated by our presence.
Excursions within the issue include photos by MARCO BOGGIO SELLA that bring news of the moon landing to a small West African village in Burkina Faso, a fashion spread of TELFAR CLEMEN’S 2008 ECO Society collection abstracted by JASON FARRER, prose by AMIR MOGHARABI theorizing the meaning of a last breath in The Cosmogony of Deceit, and an interview with KLAUS SCHULZE the father of electronic music by editor SCOTT HUG. The issue’s cover is a specially designed gold-embossed spacemetric construction by JONAH GROENEBOER and each issue comes with a sculpture of light produced by ANNE KOCH and a soundtrack CD compiled and mixed by SAMUEL KLOVENHOOF of led er est.
Special events include a preview exhibit at the 3rd annual New York Art Book fair, a launch party with band performances at SANTOS PARTY HOUSE, an exhibition at Rekord in OSLO, NORWAY, and a satellite launch party at the ACQUA HOTEL in MIAMI on December 5th.”
we see some friends among the many many contributors:
assume astro vivid focus, Brian Belott, Matt Bua, Andrew Guenther, Amir Mogharabi, Slava Mogutin, Misaki Kawai & Pete Pezzimenti, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, & Justin Samson ….
we caught SCOTT HUG at the recent 3rd annual NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR.
He was in starship uniform & sending out a signal – . . . STARSHIP S.O.S – COME & GET ME OFF THIS PLACE !!
yep, K48 STARSHIP COUNTERFORCE has a futuristic golden cover !!
who knows – maybe it is . . . an outer space transmitter.
believe the book is self-published by SCOTT HUG & it retails for $20.
and yes, it comes with a tiny tiny tiny saber-like light sculpture !! – which does really work – and, which in turn, comes in its very own teany-tiny glassine envelope, kind of like your average notorious NYC dime baggie !! – but no, its good stuff – art !!
the tiny envelope says: “…in the beginning it is always dark”.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR, OCT 26, 2008