Some people will remember the book called couplets that was released on the summer solstice of 2019. It was the first book to emerge from the press at The Silent Academy.
Recap: The Silent Academy started as an anonymous art project. A secret enterprise that worked without documentation. A small number of friends in global network, making art, scribbling words. These friends have a varying degree of notoriety in a variety of fields. Musicians, painters, writers – all that stuff. Everyone, for one reason or another, wanted to generate work and be involved in a project that allowed freedom to explore more ‘conceptual’ pieces. They wanted to do this away from the limits of established, or establishing reputations.
Despite previous publishing successes, releasing couplets with my real name, and bringing The Silent Academy above ground felt unusual. But the decision to turn the enterprise into a legit, registered non-profit, had been made. The Silent Academy was entering into a whole new tax bracket. With previous colleagues and collaborators I formed a board. I question the motives of anyone who eagerly joins committees or boards. (myself included) So this was no easy decision.
The ambition of The Silent Academy is to celebrate the work of artists who share our beliefs: To turn life into art at every available opportunity. The process we’re interest in is the creation of a world, rather than the reflection of a world. To produce art and artifacts in the wake of our activities. The aim is make these artifacts available at the lowest possible price-points.
We’re inviting new conceptual artists/writers to join in – and in coming months we have publications and events involving some genuinely unique work. We want to share this work as well as we are able – make some cash, and reinvest in the process. It’s an exciting time but… all of this requires publicity.
Before the next books and installations involving other artists are announced, The Silent Academy is releasing another new book with my name on. Release date is May 23 2020. The new book is called questions. It is a kind of spiritual partner to couplets.
To make sense of questions it may be useful to revisit couplets. So, here’s me – talking to the generously-spirited Charlie Rossiter on the Poetry Spoken Here podcast.