Notes From A Pandemic

by August Skipper

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    'Notes From A Pandemic' seeks to document the psychic implosion surrounding the initial period of European quarantine. Taking the form of an abstract journal, a series of short poetry and prose evoke blurred vignettes of near-future conspiracy, personal reflection and weird transcendence; the pieces acting as a corrosive agent, exposing the hidden narrative that emerges between memory, media events and direct experience in the enforced isolation of a single room.

    Notes From A Pandemic is printed on 48 pages of 115gsm paper, A6 format, hardcover, bound in black cloth with the title and author debossed on the cover and spine.

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It’s incredible the dust in this city it lays itself thick on the windows & compresses & compresses as clear as diamonds outside on the balcony at the end of the season you have to scrub the stuff to come off the concrete Exhaust of industry the skin of strangers it’s strange though that I grew up next to Main Road where the cars never ceased passing from waking to sleep but I never in my life saw this much dust All this dust behind mirrors & between floorboards enough skin to fill houses it weaves through the cracks in the doors it wedges between the hinges & the opening mechanism leave a glass of water by the bed overnight & it forms a skin upon the surface waking with a cough, you gulp it down it settles in your body, then spreads out finds the path of least resistance & goes there the fibers break into smaller fibers & work into the fibers of your brain there they entangle & begin influencing things   I came up with an experiment to make a mold of my body & fill the negative space with all the dust I could collect from the apartment to see how many copies of myself I could manufacture with science I found on the internet so that each time I glanced at a reflective surface another I might take my place & in turn each shard of skin discarded would be afforded its own agency I think of all the dust falling like ash on this city & the lungs full of liquid in the hospitals & the weird glee with which a god might watch it all unfold a great ash joke played out upon the people what a perverse sense of humour the universe has   I cough up something black & spit it into a tissue a small part of being human

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Notes From A Pandemic seeks to document the psychic implosion surrounding the initial period of European quarantine. Taking the form of an abstract journal, a series of short poetry and prose evoke blurred vignettes of near-future conspiracy, personal reflection and weird transcendence; the pieces acting as a corrosive agent, exposing the hidden narrative that emerges between memory, media events and direct experience in the enforced isolation of a single room.

“While the familiar world outside devours itself beneath the shadow of unprecedented strangeness, one can always rely on the failure of reality to fail.”

Notes From A Pandemic is printed on 48 pages of 115gsm paper, A6 format, hardcover, bound in black cloth with the title and author debossed on the cover and spine. [IOD046]

August Skipper is one half of Instruments Of Discipline and co-founder of production unit Operant.

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released October 11, 2020

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