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open house - jan 14 2018


Dear friends,

We write with news of a coming dispersion. As some of you may know, our lease here at 134 Bowery is up at the end of January. This will bring an end to this incarnation of dispered holdings.

Please join us on January 14 for an open house -- we will be dispersing the blanket cushions we've been stitching the past two years, and we invite you to hold onto one for use in your own reading and listening spaces.

Stay tuned for future dispersed holdings updates — we will be releasing two large-scale book projects in the coming months. Excited to continue sharing our work with you.

Let this email also be a reminder to join us on Friday, January 12, at 7 pm for a dance performance by Hilary Ives, Julia Crockett, Tenaya Kelleher, Cynthia Navarro, and Marcella Biven with a scene by Merritt Meacham and Aaron Rodriguez.

Far may you disperse, long may you hold,

Sal & David

O P E N  H O U S E
sunday january 14
4 pm & onwards

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 
1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 
n e w  y o r k




un order to - jan 12 2018


Dearest,

The landlord in the sky was reluctant to see the old tenant go. She was of that rare set—they make a palpable change for the better in the rented rooms of the world. When we humbly took the lease we vowed to do right by the walls, the floors, the light at midday. This Friday, January 12, we will try to make some good on our promise with a little help from our friends.

In order to celebrate the high muse of dispersed holdings, Eva Hesse, as well as the closing of Always First Demolition, the group show curated by Vanessa Kowalski, we invite you to In order to.

In order to is a performance by Hilary Ives, Cynthia Navarro, Julia Crockett, Marcella Biven, and Tenaya Kelleher with a scene by Merritt Meacham and Aaron Rodriguez.

Using recycled materials and gestures, in the space where Eva Hesse asked the same questions of process decades earlier, In order to explores the shape of the in-between.

Doors will open at 7 pm. We encourage you to arrive when and as you like. After the performance, later in the evening, a party will ensue.

Friends & lovers welcome.

Hope to see you,

D + S


I N  O R D E R  T O
tuesday january 12
doors open 7:00 pm

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resistance 01.10 - jan 10 2018


dearest,

our memories of Iceland are green. we were there in the summertime, and the 22-hour sunlight kept the place in perpetual bloom. that time seems an eternity ago in this blizzard. new york appears to be vying for the title: land of ice, of snow, of cold. but we write with good news: the sunshine of iceland, one Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, will soon be among us.

on wednesday, january 10, Bryndís will present Resistance 01.10, a performance in six variations on the themes of time, water, and assimilation. it begins with 01.10 of the year 1700, a date that does not exist in Icelandic calendars (it was dismissed along with ten other days when the switch to the Gregorian calendar was made). the second variation is a recording made on 21.12. 2017, facing west. the following variations are meditations on words from different times.

join us as we raise a glass to Bryndís. doors open at 7 pm and the performance will begin at 7:30 pm and will last about 30 minutes. it will be followed by a festive gathering.

remember that the group show Always First Demolition, curated by Vanessa Kowalski, is up through the 12th. we hope you will enjoy that show after Bryndís' performance.

friends and lovers welcome.

hope to see you,

d&s

R E S I S T A N C E  0 1 . 1 0
NOTE: wednesday january 10
doors open 7:00 pm
performance 7:30 pm

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Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir (b.1974) studied visual art at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts (1999-2002), and the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, Austria ( 2002-2005). She has shown her works widely, in Iceland, Europe, and the US. More info at bryndis.this.is. Bryndís is currently co-curator of the performance series Beyond Human Impulses and is engaged in a long term collaboration with fellow artist Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir on a work titled Assembly of the Holy.




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for eva corners - jan 5 2018


dearest,

i hope this finds you warm. writing in to invite you to For Eva, in the corners, an evening of readings & film screenings in honor of Eva Hesse curated by Sofia Theodore-Pierce. come drink tea and wine with us tomorrow, Friday, January 5, at 8 pm. there will be a reading by poet Sylvia Gorelick followed by a screening of films by Ashley Brett Chipman, Andrea Callard, & Sofia Theodore-Pierce.

the evening will take place in the context of Always First Demolition, the group show curated by Vanessa Kowalski, on view at dispersed through January 12.

hope you will join us. friends and lovers welcome.

sip of hot tea,

david & sal

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For Eva, in the corners
friday, jan 5, 8 pm

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 
1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 
n e w  y o r k




always firs demolition - jan 2 2018


Dearest,

Hoping this finds you warm. Writing in with an announcement: dispersed will play host to a series of events in early January in address of our muse, Eva Hesse. As you may know, dispersed has been located in Hesse's former apartment (1965-'70) on the Bowery for nearly two years. We are looking to celebrate our second anniversary in the space and Eva's legacy. We hope you will join us -- we would so love to see you here atop these old pine boards.

Here are the details:

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Always First Demolition, a group show curated by Vanessa Kowalski, will open with performance by Lizzy Gabay on January 2nd at 7pm. The exhibition is comprised of works and gestures from female-identifying artists whose practices span installation, video, performance, sculpture, creative writing, and more. Contributions have emerged from many corners of the globe to question what it means to persist in the pursuit of the seemingly impossible in a world that continues to build us apart.

Artists include Amy Beecher, Sanna Helena Berger, Andrea Coyotzi Borja, Lizzy Gabay, Anna Jensen, Delaney Lee, Kelly Macario, Allison Macdonald, Andrea McGinty, Maya Meissner, Valeria Nekhaeva, Yumiko Ono, Lainey Racah, Elham Rahmati, Molly Rapp, Lauren Stroh, Vanessa Thill, Michelle Hernandez Vega, and Suzanna Zak.

The show will be punctuated by three events:

Friday, January 5, 7 pm - A screening by filmmaker Sofia Theodore-Pierce and friends.

Wednesday, January 10, 7 pm - A performance by artist Bryndís Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, joining us from Iceland.

Friday, January 12, 7 pm - In order to, a performance by choreographer Hilary Ives and friends.

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Save the dates, dear friends, save them! We will be following up with you as the weeks progress with further detail about all happenings. And stay tuned for a special announcement ahead.

With love,

d & s

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s



A L W A Y S  F I R S T  D E M O L I T I O N

opening party
tuesday january 2
7PM

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nov 12 2017 - water reader


Dearest,

Last we saw the writer Agnieszka Gratza, she was shrinking. She had asked to be dropped at the base of a mountain outside of Stykkishólmur, a small town in the north of Iceland. No pack, no walking stick, we watched her grow smaller in the rearview mirror of the rental car, waving herself into the grass, the rock, the vast gray sky.

I write to you with good news: intrepid Agnieszka has come down from the mountain, and she has come to New York, and she has brought with her a new publication: Book of Volcanic Swims. Since 2015, she has been swimming in sulphurous waters around the world, and the book forms a record of her growing collection. On the evening of November 12, at 7pm, we will host Water Reader, an evening of readings, to celebrate Agnieszka's arrival in NYC and her new work.

And we are lucky beyond lucky: in addition to Agnieszka, we will hear from poets Rami Karim and Emma Wippermann, whose work will float towards and drift from the evening's theme, and from writers Leigh Gallagher and Megan Stockton, who will present a joint work remotely from Detroit.

Please join us at 134 Bowery 3S on Sunday, November 12, at 7 pm. There will be drinks and vegetarian chili.

Friends and lovers, welcome as ever.

On the wave,

David and Sal



W A T E R  R E A D E R

sunday november 12
7PM readings & celebration

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Agnieszka Gratza's writings about art, performance and film can be found on her blog, Conversation Pieces.

Leigh Gallagher is a fiction writer from California. Her short stories have appeared in Salt Hill, CutBank, American Short Fiction and other journals. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2011, where she was a Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellow and won a Hopwood Award. She's been a teaching writer for InsideOut Detroit and the Front Street Writers in Traverse City, Michigan, and a resident at the Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island and the Vermont Studio Center. She is based in Brooklyn, where she teaches English at the Pratt Institute and is at work on her first book.

Rami Karim is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn. Their work has appeared in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear, and Peregrine, and their chapbook is Smile & Nod (Wendy’s Subway, 2017). Karim teaches writing at the City University of New York and is a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Megan Stockton is a poet and publisher living in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently pursuing her MA in Poetry at EMU where she teaches first year writing and is the editor of BathHouse Journal. She also works as a teaching-artist with InsideOut Literary Arts and was a coordinator of the Poetry and Publishing Track at Allied Media Conference 2017. Her writing has been published by Publication Studio, BigBig Wednesday, Bearings: Works About Boundaries, Hypocrite Reader, MonsterHouse Press and is forthcoming in Flint Magazine.

Emma Wippermann lives and works between Providence, RI and NYC. She's concerned with human ecologies, queers, and animals.




dispersed at mengi rekjavik

dispersed at mengi rekjavik


dispersed at mengi rekjavik


A pattern out loud. A slowly evolving psychogeographical drift mixing ambient tones, electric guitar, field recordings, and readings with live improvisational video feeds.

July 1 dispersed holdings will perform in collaboration with students of the Rhode Island School of Design as the culmination of their Reykjavík residency: Artistic Practice in 24-Hour Light. Curated by Beyond Human Impulses. A night dedicated to visual performances, held at Mengi on the first Monday evening of every month.

Sal Randolph: synths, effects, voice

David Richardson: guitar, effects, voice

with Xiaohan Li: synths

Rhode Island School of Design: Gabriel Abascal, Emily Abelson, Kevin Dong, Xiomara Espana, Adrienne Hugh, Jeffrey Katz, Xiaohan Li, Yae Eun Park, Alexander T. Rocha, Amie Schow, Ningjing Sun, Naiqian Wang, Emma Yang (with Paul Soulellis and Cara Buzzell)




dispersed at the library of water


dispersed holdings played a midnight set at Roni Horn's Vatnsafn/Library of Water in Stikkyshólmur, Iceland on June 30, 2017 for writer-in-residence Agnieszka Gratza and water from 24 Icelandic glaciers. Video on instagram.




dispersed at the library of water


dispersed holdings music happening June 22, 2017, with Jeff Dolven, Freddie Fabiano, Jac Mullen, Christoper Potter, Sal Randolph, David Richardson, & David Scher.




babz art fair invitation


Dearest,

Please join us in book revelry as dispersed makes its art book fair debut at BABZ 2017 on June 3 & 4 at the Knockdown Center in Queens. We will be launching a host of new publications, including the first edition of our box, Holding Dispersing.

In addition to hawking publications at the table, dispersed will take part in a panel discussion about artist-run reading spaces moderated by MoMA Library's Sarah Hamerman on Sunday, June 4 at 3:30 pm, alongside members of Wendy's Subway, Ulises, Press Press, and 3 Dot Zine.




artist-run reading spaces panel invitation


BABZ FAIR

Saturday, June 3, 1–7PM
Sunday, June 4, 1–7PM

Panel on Artist-run Reading Spaces
Sunday, June 4, 3:30 pm

Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave
Queens, New York 11378


Far may you d i s p e r s e , long may you h o l d .

In excitement,

d & s




making known


Dearest,

We write to invite you to take part in our spring festival of resistant publishing, M A K I N G K N O W N.

We'll begin with an opening party and publication release on March 25, continue with some hands-on making events, and land in the mid-summer with a dispersed holdings art book fair. All through, we invite you to dream and to make with us.

To publish: to make known, make public, publicize, announce, report, post, communicate, broadcast, issue, put out, distribute, spread, promulgate, disseminate, circulate, air; disclose, reveal, divulge, leak.

In this spirit, please join us on Saturday, March 25 for an afternoon and evening of food, drink, spirited talk, and fellow-feeling.

At 5 pm we'll release a new dispersed holdings edition and hold a conversation about the many different forms publication can take - bring your favorite and most inspiring publications for passing around and hands-on discussion. If you want to make some things with us this spring, we especially invite you to come at this earlier hour.

At 7 pm we'll host a classic dispersed holdings party in celebration of our book-in-progress, Reading Room.

We hope to see you & make with you,

d & s

M A K I N G K N O W N
march 25 opening
5PM publication conversation
7PM party & celebration

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 

n e w  y o r k



f17 general strike post rally gathering


friends! comrades!

 

we invite you to join us at F17, the national general strike on friday, february 17.

 

on this day, we will refrain from working and shopping, and instead will gather to occupy public space; in nyc a rally is planned from 1-5pm in washington square park.

 

following the rally, we will gather at dispersed holdings (134 bowery 3s) for hot soup and conversation.

in love & solidarity,

d & s


F17 GATHERING
february 17 5 pm & onwards
dispersed holdings
134 bowery 3s

more about the F17 general strike:
F17 website
- rally 1-5pm washington square park
a call by francine prose in the guardian


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dec 21 collected reading


Dearest,

Please join us on Wednesday, December 21, for collected reading, the final gathering of our fall ambient reading spectacular.

From noon onwards, 134 Bowery will be open for quiet, collective reading. Bring your own books or browse the library, lounge on our cushions, drink too much coffee, and enjoy the sensation of silent companionship as you read.

At 7pm we will transition into celebration, raising a glass to all of our forty Readers in Residence, and raising voices in acts of collective reading aloud.

A list of all our Readers in Residence can be found here.

Friends and lovers welcome.

R e a d  o n ,

David & Sal


COLLECTED READING
Wednesday December 21
noon-7pm - silent reading
7pm & onwards - celebration with collective reading aloud

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 

n e w  y o r k




dec 3 spectacular reading

Dearest,

On the evening of Saturday, December 3, please join us for SPECTACULAR READING, a making-public of the newly urgent act of reading through performance, screenings, and collective reading aloud. With: D. Graham Burnett & Jeff Dolven, Helen Miller, John Muse, Tim Spelios & David Scher - half way, Emma Wippermann, Audra Wolowiec, and more, as well as readers here and afar who have responded to our call to bring the private event of reading into visibility and audibility.

Friends and lovers welcome.

R e a d  o n ,

David & Sal


SPECTACULAR READING

Saturday December 3

7pm


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october 6 opening

As the sun dips low in the sky on Sunday, November 6, please join us for a reading of Sunsets by Charles Perry, with a live musical score by dispersed holdings.  The reading and performance will coincide with the setting of the sun.

Friends and lovers welcome.

Far may you d i s p e r s e , long may you h o l d ,

David & Sal


S U N S E T S

Sunday November 6

4pm - 7pm (performance starts circa 5pm)


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Sunsets

"Written in a hybrid form that mixes self-help books, poetry, and the essay, Sunsets is an in-depth exploration of experience that obsessively grapples with the particularity of the sunset. As monolithic as it is monastic, Perry’s writing consistently spins into unknown territory, following the whims of a mind occupied only by the passive act of observation. Whether imagining science or puzzling over the inconceivability of prehistory, the volume provides a tribute to the sublime told at the frequency of reality. The sun takes forever to set if you watch the entire disk pass over the horizon, and Perry’s deadpan voice reflects that endless period;in his hypnotic, relaxed tone, ecstatic and despairing thoughts and images find calm expression that complies with the speed and feeling of a disappearing sun."

Molasses Books Publishing 2014




october 6 opening

On the evening of October 6 we will celebrate the opening of
a m b i e n t  r e a d i n g  s p e c t a c u l a r,
our fall navigation of the experience of reading. Please come raise a glass with us, enjoy our new reading room, mingle with readers-in-residence, and browse the library for something delicious to read aloud.

Friends and lovers welcome.

Far may you d i s p e r s e , long may you h o l d ,

David & Sal



a m b i e n t  r e a d i n g  s p e c t a c u l a r

o p e n i n g

t h u r s d a y  o c t 6

7 - 8 p m  d r i n k s  &  s n a c k s

8 - 9 p m  r e a d i n g  a l o u d

9 p m  &  o n w a r d s ,  p a r t y

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S

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out_table

Join us at the dispersed holdings library table in joyful, unofficial observance of the 2016 New York Art Book Fair. We are celebrating one of our favorite events by releasing our new book, Ever: Notes Towards a Dispersed Holding.

Out Table: Open House

Saturday & Sunday: 9/17 & 9/18

Noon to 9pm

134 Bowery, 3S