Misery Connoisseur (MC) is an artist group comprising of Rowena Harris, Micheal Heilgemeir and Emma Hunt, publishing the work of artists with a distributed magazine format, as well as online and event based extensions. To date there are two issues of Misery Connoisseur Magazine with in a glossy magazine form with support from the Arts Council England. The 3rd issue is under development and will provide an expanded format and new space for artists as both a digital publication app (MC folded) and exhibition form (MC unfolded). Work is specifically commissioned for the form of the issue (previously printed, distributed glossy magazine and forthcoming for the small screen). In this sense MC is a art work considering the distributed publishing form and rather not a traditional magazine. “Misery Connoisseur – perversely uplifting”.
MC ident from Misery Connoisseur on Vimeo.
Digitalsmigital: The fluidity of formats between publications and the screen
Screening and publication launch 2-5 Oct, 2014 @ Tenderbooks
A Screening and Pamphlet – an in-between issues- developing digital issue 3
Digitalsmigital: The fluidity of formats between publications and the screen is the title of the event as well as a pamphlet comprising of a conversation between Misery Connoisseur (MC) and the artist film-maker Jason Underhill, the founder and director of or-bits.com Marialaura Ghidini and Tamsin Clark of Tenderbooks and Furnished Space.
The pamphlet will be available at the event alongside the screening of a new film by Misery Connoisseur in collaboration with artist/performer Steven Levon Ounanian entitled ‘Phil’.
Phil from Misery Connoisseur on Vimeo.
Both pamphlet and film arise from Misery Connoisseur’s research, conceptual shifts and development of the forthcoming MC Issue 3. For the conversation each of the contributors were asked to respond from the point of reference of their own specialist fields: online artist films, online curated projects and printed artist publications. This breadth of knowledge stimulates a broad conversation around topics such as online distribution, the accessibility of digital artworks and the challenges of defining the relationships between the printed page and the digital realm.
Departing from the glossy printed issues 1 and 2, MC3 will be a digital publication app (MC-Folded) and equally in tangible exhibitions (MC-Unfolded). Digitalsmigital provides an opportunity to open out a conversation surrounding publishing in print and digitally, whilst the short film ‘Phil’ captures the mood of what is to come and the spirit of this transitional period.
MC Issue 2:
Adam Christensen / Andreas Schmidt / Anna Witt / Charlotte Morgan / Charlotte Warne Thomas / Daniel Gustav Cramer / Daniel Wilkinson / Darren Harvey-Regan / Dave Charlesworth / Emily Rosamond / Erica Scourti / Jessica Rose / Joshua Bilton / Kate Pickering / Keisuke Kamiyama / Klara Hobza / Louise Flowers / Matthew Mcquillan / Matthew Drage / Peles Empire / Sandra Filic / Steve Bishop /Una Knox
June 2013 – Issue 2 Launch @ Enclave
Jan 2014 – Synchronise.Accelerate.Disperse.Ii @ MJ Gallery, Geneva
MC Issue 1:
Alexandra Terry / Amir Chasson / Annie Davey / Burcu Yagcioglu / Catherine Hughes / Claudia Djabbari / Duncan Wooldridge / E Park / Erica Shiozaki / Holger Pooten / Jack Faulkner / James Harkin / James Prevett / Jason Underhil / Ljoey Holder / Justin Gainan / Kentaro Yamada / Mat Jenner / Monica Ursina Jaeger / Orestis Lambrou / Rena Kosnett / Ruth Beale / Simon Bedwell / Tripod
Feb 2013 Mc Live Issue 1 @ Van Horbourgh, Zurich
Dec 2012 – Issue 1 Launch @ X Marks The Bokship