X Marks the Bökship

Frieze 2015 offsite + fringe events

12 October 2015

Frieze 2015 is on this week in London —running from October 14 to 17 this year—with a full schedule of exhibitors, projects, and events, including the Sunday Art Fair happening around it.

Here are our recommendations for the week’s offsite and fringe occasions, including events and exhibitions opening and opened:


‘Radical Data’ @ DigitasLBi UK, Oct 12

Adriano Costa @ White Cubicle, Oct 14

Sunday Art Fair, Oct 14 – 18

An Evening of Performances @ DRAF, Oct 15

Virgil’s Birthday @ X Marks the Bökship, Oct 15

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair @ Somerset House, Oct 15 – 18

We Are All Very Anxious @ Doomed Gallery, Oct 15

Transformation Marathon @ Serpentine Galleries, Oct 17 – 18

DJ SLIINK @ Body Party, Oct 15

‘Institutionalising the Digital’ @ Goethe-Institut London, Oct 16

‘Beauty as power, privilege and inequality’ @ Rich Mix London, Oct 16

East Anglia Records compilation launch @ Assembly Point, Oct 16

SOUND AND VISION @ tank.tv, Oct 17


Dan Coopey @ Belmacz, Oct 12 – Nov 11

Zhang Ding @ ICA, Oct 12 -25

Matt Ager @ A_SPACE, Oct 17 + 18

Jamie Jenkinson @ Evelyn Yard, Oct 12 – Nov 14

Sanna Helena Berger @ Jupiter Woods, Oct 13 – 31

Ian Cheng @ Pilar Corias, Oct 13 – Nov 14

Laura Morrison + Beatrice Loft Schulz @ Res., Oct 15 – 31


Jumanna Mana @ Chisenhale Gallery, Sept 17 – Dec 13

Peles Empire + Agata Madejska @ Project/Number, Sep 25 to Oct 18

Fiona Banner @ Frith Street Gallery, Sep 18 – Oct 31

Kara Walker @ Victoria Miro, Oct 1 – Nov 7

Hannah Black @ Arcadia Missa, Oct 1 – 31

ÅYR @ Project Native Informant, Oct 7 – Nov 7

Jon Rafman @ Zabludowicz Collection, Oct 8 – Dec 20

Hannah Perry @ Seventeen gallery, Oct 9 – Dec 10

Puppies Puppies @ Vilma Gold, Oct 11 – Nov 14 **

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FormContent talk @ X Marks the Bökship, 29 Oct

29 October 2014

X Marks the Bökship will host an event called I start from the image of an end and centred around FormContent’s most recent publication at Matt’s Gallery in London today.

The publication in question is titled It’s moving from I to it, designed by Atelier Dreibholz and edited by FormContent, and functions as part documentation, part artists’s book with contributions from dozens of artists, writers and critics, including Martin Gustavsson, Manon De Boer, Pilvi Takala, and Beatriz Olabarrieta. The nomadic project evolved over two years and a host of various exhibitions, performances, readings and commissioned texts.

Tonight’s talk brings a handful of those responsible for the book’s creation, including editing’s Bianca Baroni, design’s Paulus Dreibholz, as well as contributor Gil Leung, and Pieternel Vermoortel and Eleanor Vonne Brown who were in charge of, respectively, production and distribution, and, finally, Paul Becker doing the narration for the night. The talk’s title, derived from the publication’s opening piece, hints to its premise, namely that of creation and how the publication was conceived, produced and disseminated.

See the FB event page for details. **


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Sophia Al-Maria reading @ X Marks the Bökship, Oct 15

15 October 2014

Artist, writer and filmmaker Sophia Al-Maria is joining the I’ve Never Read Her line-up this fall with a reading at X Marks the Bökship today.

The East London literary project runs every second Wednesday of the month at X Marks the Bökship (now residing in Matt’s Gallery) with a short reading of texts written by female authors, including everyone from Katherine Mansfield and Kate Chopin to Susan Sontag and Gertrude Stein.

The next session brings Al-Maria’s work with a reading of her 2012 memoir The Girl Who Fell To Earth, which takes on the concept of Gulf Futurism and growing up with a Bedouin father and an American mother seen in lines like this:

“Eighty miles out of Al-Hasa oasis in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, a Bedouin boy named Matar was flicking the knob of a portable General Electric television on and off.”

 Read an interview with Sophia Al-Maria and see the I’ve Never Read Her event page for details. **

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I’ve never read her @ X Marks the Bökship, Aug 6

5 August 2014

The X Marks the Bökship bookshop and project space is hosting I’ve never read her, a book club and literature project, at their London location on August 6.

Concentrating on short fiction and essays written by women, the club will meet every second Wednesday of the month to read and discuss, as well as to host screenings and events around the texts read.

For the the coming installment, I’ve never read her will be reading Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans: Being a History of Family’s Progress, an almost 1000-page modernist novel dipping in and out of meta-fictional meditations on the writing process.

See the X Marks the Bökship event page for details. **

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Optics of Writing @ X Marks the Bökship, Feb 7, Mar 13 + 20

7 February 2014

London’s X Marks the Bökship in Cambridge Heath, is holding a series of events titled Optics of Writing, running across February 7, March 13 and 20.

Organised by Goldsmiths Art Writing, the three days follow the general theme of image, object and experience -sensory information -as translated to writing. They’ll each feature an afternoon workshop and an evening live event.

All are welcome to participate in the workshops and live guests to feature include Patrick Coyle, Stewart Home, Sam Keogh, Sally O’Reilly, Eleanor Vonne Brown, Paul O’Kane, Sophie Jung.

RSVP Francisco Sousa Lobo to sign up for a workshop and see the X Marks the Bökship website for details. **

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