edited by Louis Armand, Edmund Berrigan, Carol Watts,
Ali Alizadeh, Stephan Delbos, David Vichnar, Clare Wallace
ISSN 1804-512X
Paperback, 304pp
Publication date: September 2010
Litteraria Pragensia: Prague, London, New York, Melbourne

Price: € 8.00 (not including postage)


Contributors to VLAK 1 include Abigail Child, Rachel Blau Du Plessis, Holly Tavel, Joshua Cohen, Eileen Myles, John Wilkinson, Stephanie Strickland, Allen Fisher, Marjorie Welish, Catherine Hales, Mez, Karen Mac Cormack, Ali Alizadeh, Ron Padget, Pam Brown, Jessica Fiorini, Bruce Andrews, Vincent Farnsworth, Mark Terrill, Elizabeth Gross, Arlo Quint, Vincent Katz, Veronique Vassiliou, Pierre Joris, Habib Tengour, John Kinsella, Stacey Szymaszek, Mike Farrell, Andrea Brady, Edwin Torres, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Jena Osman, Octavio Armand, Allyssa Wolf, Alexander Jorgensen, Vadim Erent, Steve McCaffery, Richard Tipping, Tim Haze, Bill Mousoulis, Marjorie Perloff, Keith Jones, Robert Sheppard, Darren Tofts, Henry Hills, Stephanie Barber & Jen Hofer...

VLAK is an international curatorial project with a broad focus on contemporary poetics, art, film, philosophy, music, design, science, politics, performance, ecology, and new media.

VLAK invites contributions that extend our understanding about what is possible; which pose questions about the prevailing attitude of norms; which explore the ramifications of contemporary culture and attempt new critical and creative methods.

"What is lost in abstraction? What is signified by a long work? By a serial work? What are its limitations? How might multiple voices reflect reality? Infect reality? And how sustain such a work? How does the world enter the work? How is the inside destroyed or transformed into 'another' space? How end a work? How reshape parts of the world, and is that what we aspire to anyway? Are we breathing easier, feeling better, glutted with our 'contemporary practice' digested? Or fiercely unsatisfied, curious, anxious, asking, 'What are tomorrow's questions?'" (Abigail Child, This is Called Moving)

VLAK stands for the drive to experiment, to synthesise, to extend--holding to the principle that a vital culture is always experimental and thus always "at a crossroads."