The September Garden: Plots (2020 - 2021): We are publication

Jonathan Allen, Rachel Cattle, Jenna Collins, Volker Eichelmann, John Hughes, Christian Newby, Andrea Stokes

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Modes of collage have been a central preoccupation for the artists group We Are Publication (WAP). Participants have now set out to explore whether they can cultivate an artwork that is ‘grown’ from several discreet constituents. To this end WAP has drawn on contemporary American poet Rosemarie Waldrop’s recent appellation ‘gap gardening’ to suggest that the placement of words (and plants) generates intermedial zones of transformation and potential. Initially, visual and textual ‘seedlings’ were ‘planted’ in the form of a custom-produced newspaper sent to WAP’s participants. Repeated physical engagement with this newsprint composite prompted further approaches for generating September Garden’s nascent domain. The subsequent ‘plots’ (seen here as Season One) were then replanted, cut back, and otherwise tended to, germinating a series of textual assemblages (Season Two). Tracing and adapting Waldrop’s productive border zones, the collages and textual assemblages constitute WAP’s current findings in this experiment in jointly conducted research and speculative publishing.

We Are Puibliction / contributing Authors: Dr Jonathan Allen, Dr Rachel Cattle, Dr Jenna Collins (assembly) Volker Eichelmann, John Hughes, Christian Newby, Andrea Stokes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalKOKO - Journal for the Shared Campus
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


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