Moyra Davey

This is the second installment of The Social Life of the Book, which is a quarterly, subscription-based series of texts by writers, artists, publishers, designers, booksellers, etc., reflecting on reading, designing, publishing, and distributing books today.
Moyra Davey (1958, Toronto) is an artist, a photographer and a writer, one of the founding members of the collectively-run gallery Orchard (2005-2008). She notably published ‘The Problem of Reading’ (Documents Books, 2003), and is the editor of ‘Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood’ (Seven Stories Press, 2001). More recently, she dealt with Walter Benjamin’s correspondence and the presence of sculpted books in Parisian cemetries in her 2009 video ‘My Necropolis’, and used the form of the ‘air letter’ to circulate her photographs.

The Social Life of the Book is a collection of commissioned texts dealing with books, and how they engage with the circulation of ideas and the agency of social situations. It brings together artists, publishers, writers, designers, booksellers, etc. who consider books less as finished objects or forms but for their disruptive potential and their ability to produce new relationships, new publics and new meanings.
It develops as a series of 16-page, saddle- stitched signatures, available on postal subscription and in selected bookstores. The collection will also be hand-bound into a single volume, whose edition is determined by demand. In  its contents as well as its distribution, the series aims to entice readers into a particular attention not only to printed material as such, but also to the ecosystem of knowledge writing, publishing and distributing form together.

Publishing structure and design by Will Holder

Moyra Davey - The Wet and The Dry
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