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I would take great trouble to try and make my copy as good a piece of writing as anything else I might do, as good as a poem written under the same conditions, even (imagining anyone would want to write a poem in half an hour in a cold, windswept football stadium). “On Football” (1966)

In 1969, English writer B.S. Johnson published the loosely auto-biographical The Unfor­tunates, a novel following a sportswriter who’s sent to a city to report a football match, only to find himself confronted by ghosts from his past. As “a better solution to the problem of conveying the mind’s randomness than the imposed order of a bound book,” the author published the novel in 25 loose, stapled sections, whereby any reading of the book would produce a different sequence of events, part authored by Johnson, part authored by chance.

In the mid-1960’s Johnson, a lifelong Chelsea supporter, took on work as a football reporter to earn income to support his writing. He reported on weekly English league and cup matches for The Observer and World Cup matches for the India Times. Curious to discover crossovers between Johnson’s writing in his novels and his match-side reports, artist Chris Evans found his reports on microfiche at British Library Newspapers, Colindale. In order to see the transition between on-the-spot reportage and the published results, Evans later photographed the writer’s original manuscripts for the same games in the B.S. Johnson archive, held at the Manuscripts Department of the British Library, St. Pancras.

Evans then suggested to typographer and performer Will Holder that they be republished, musically, in a manner that would echo the writing methods employed by Johnson. They devised a structure in which they could be scored for speech and a number of improvised themes, one per report, played ‘bottleneck’ on bass guitar. These are supplemented or predicated by two modular pieces of different lengths, percussive (clapping, no clapping) and affective (dramatic rise, dramatic fall, silence) that loop together. Algorithmically, this produces six possible accompaniments—augmenting the reception of the spoken football reports, which in itself is never delivered at the same speed, since its timing adapts to the bass guitar and vice versa.

Chris Evans (with Will Holder). Two takes were recorded by Andy Miller in Hamilton, Scotland, 2015


Job Interviews

Edited and illustrated by Chris Evans
Designed by Will Holder and published by Para Site, Hong Kong and uh books.

The ritual of the 'job interview’ can be considered as a courtship that’s conditioned by protocols that ask for a quite particular display: with social relations as material, a dance of conformity, the attempted imagining and echoing of expectations. The anthology of commissioned writing includes contributions by Nadim Abbas, Howie Chen, Heman Chong, Matthew Dickman, Jason Dodge, Holly Pester, Angie Keefer, Natasha Soobramanien, Marina Vishmidt, and Jonas Žakaitis.

Available from Uh Books

Cop Talk (New York City)
Bulletin 13, the Serving Library
Published September 2017


Clerk of Mind

Published, December 2016,as an edition of Forms of Imagining, a series published by Project Press based on the exhibitions programme of Project Arts Centre, Dublin. This edition accompanied Chris Evans' solo exhibitions (05/11/14 – 17/01/15) curated by Kate Strain.

Text by Claire Feeley Dublin, March 2016
ISBN 978-1-872493-57-2 Editor: Kate Strain © The Artist, Writers and Project Press

 


Mime and Rock

Text by Marina Vishmidt to accompanying the exhibition CLODS, Diplomatic Letters, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, 2013

3 pps. stapled. Designed by Will Holder PDF

Goofy Audit, Chris Evans, Collected Works 1998–2001

Published by Sternberg Press & Thea Westreich/Ethan Wagner Publications, New York

Chris Evans Goofy Audit

Includes essays by Penelope Curtis,
Tirdad Zolghadr
'If You're Gonna Do It'

and Marina Vishmidt
'The Manageable Softness of the Solid Wine
and its Solar Radience'

Design & catalogue entries by Will Holder
Order from:
Sternberg Press – Berlin
Motto – Berlin

Aye-Aye Books – Glasgow

 

Goofy Audit Limited Edition

Available from Westreich / Wagner, NY


COLLECTED FILMSCRIPTS

Published by I.C.A. London, 2010

Collected Filmscripts

Blockprinted binder containing five scripts written in collaboration with Will Bradley, Walid El Kafrawy, Nina Power and Tirdad Zolghadr
Designed by Will Holder
Edition of 100, signed and numbere

Order from: I.C.A. London

 

POINT AT IT, LIKE A FARMER AT A PIG

Published byRCA, London (insert to the catalogue for the RCA curating department exhibition Friends of the Divided Mind), 2009

Point at it like a farmer at a pig

 

8 pps. Offset, stapled. Designed by Stuart Bailey. Includes poem by Matthew Welton. 2010

PDF

 

MILITANT BOURGEOIS

Published by Black Diamond Press, NY & International Project Space, Birmingham & Stedelijk Bureau Amsterdam. 2007

Militant Bourgeois


Edited by Chris Evans, Duncan Hamilton and Stuart Bailey Essays by Alex Farquharson, Robert Garnett, Jan Verwoert Designed by Stuart Bailey ISBN 978-0-9554923-0-3 Edition: 500 London, 2010

Order from: Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

MAGNETIC PROMENADE (and other sculpture parks)

Published by Studio Voltaire, 2006

Magnetic Promenade

Raymond Roussel, Will Bradley, Natasha Soobramanien, Edward Gorey, Graham Fagen, Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan, Neil Mulholland, Jon Wood, David Burrows & Simon O'Sullivan, Padraig Timoney, Will Holder, Liam Gillick, Rita McBride & Glen Rubsamen, Jaki Irvine, Niru Ratnam, Keren Cytter, Matthew Welton

Colour images: Magnetic Promenade I - IV & edited by Chris Evans

Editorial assistance: Natasha Soobramanien, Rob Tufnell, Will Holder, Linda Gordon
Design: Will Holder
ISBN 1-900029-23-5
Edition: 1000

Order from: Studio Voltaire, London

 

RADICAL LOYALTY

Radical Loyalty - Booklet

Published by Peacock Visual Arts, Art Museum of Estonia and City Projects, 2005
16pps. Offset, perfect bound. Cover screenprinted in white ink.

Contains introduction and notes on the proposed sculptures.

PDF

 

GEMINI SCULPTURE PARK

Gemini Sculpture Park


Published by Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2001
Essays by Stacy Boldrick, Will Bradley
Edited & designed by Chris Evans
ISBN 1-900081-083
Edition: 1000

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