Institute Zagreb 1986/The Air of Conquerors are two new novella-length works of fiction by the Melbourne-based writer S.T. Lore that are presented in a flip novel. The book is the first solo publication by Lore, featuring stories that pivot around characters immersed in scenes of claustrophobia, obsessive archiving, impossible architectures, image-saturation and delusion.
Institute Zagreb 1986 intertwines two narratives about a religion conceived by a pair of demographic analysts on the rooftop of an abandoned building, and a rock-collecting character named The Saxon. The narrative is collated through a process of uncovering archived audio recordings retained by an ʻexplosion proofʼ telephone. Institute Zagreb 1986 is interspersed with a series of graphic elements created for the publication by Joshua Petherick.
The Air of Conquerors is a piece of surreal detective fiction set against a backdrop of the South Australian Desert scattered with ruined Parisian monuments. It chronicles two investigatorsʼ search for a lonely telephone operator who has disappeared into a subterranean hotel. The narrative was written in reference to a series of photographs that were taken by Nicholas Mangan in Paris in November 2011 and sent to the author as part of a project exploring the fictionalisation of images — both historical and the everyday.
Since 2009, Lore has written fictional texts to accompany a number of exhibitions by Melbourne- based artists and curators, including: Christopher LG Hill, Dylan Martorell, Liv Barrett, Nathan Gray, Alex Vivian, Marco Fusinato, A Constructed World/Speech & What Archive, James Deutsher, Gambia Castle/The Reader, Joint Hassles/Harriet Morgan, Helen Hughes, Genevieve Osborn, and Nicholas Mangan. He is also a regular contributor to the Melbourne-based contemporary art journal Discipline, in which he is publishing the serialised novel, Watts’ Tale of Endless Ore — one chapter per issue.
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