Technologies of Romance - Part 1 is an illustrated paperback in which personalised research and memoir is balanced with a historical perspective. It forms the first of a series of three books that will bring an array of 'technologies' into productive dialogue with varying notions of 'romance’. Based on the author’s long-running undergraduate seminar of the same title, the series will provide an imaginative means of exploring cultural history in the context of current technologies.
“I’m Alone, But Not Lonely” explores the rise of the ‘otaku’ as a phenomenon of 1980s Japanese youth culture. Originally written in 1990 by sociologist Volker Grassmuck, the essay is published here for the first time as a beautifully designed and illustrated book. It includes a Preface by Paul O'Kane, a specially written introduction by the author, and original illustrations by manga artist Kengyuan Qiu.
Where Is That Light Now? collects three short, illustrated pieces from the archive of artist, writer and lecturer Paul O’Kane. Photography as art is explored here through a personal mode of literary memoir. The pieces are distinct, drawn from different stages of a career but cultivate a subtle intra-textuality. A search for a consistent perspective on a life as an artist occasionally encounters Asian thought. The writing comes to question established contexts for art and proposes an alternative - art as a personal vocation or ‘way’.
This hand-bound, limited edition book – the second publication from eeodo – records and celebrates Cash or Smash , an event performed by the artist Bada Song. It brings together the voices of many of those who participated, as artists and nonartists, adults and children present a multifaceted description and plural interpretations of an innovative and provocative art work. The result is an energetic and eclectic mix of philosophy, journalism, images, politics and poetry.