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Project Statement

by J. Drucker

This book was a direct response to the conditions we were experiencing in the early 1990s. The sense that public discourse had taken a sharp, Orwellian turn away from any relation to a referent in the real, and that a newSpeak sensibility was proliferating was accompanied by an anxious sense of repression. Self-censorship and overt attacks on real public dialogue were increasingly prevalent. Where a balanced discussion on a news program had once reflected a broad range of political beliefs, conversations were increasingly between extreme and middle-of-the road conservatives. The feeling that poetry, creative language, political essays, direct writing, and other forms of alternative cultural expression were essential to keeping open a window or space in the rapidly closing, locking-down realm of language was urgent and compelling. It still is, more than a decade later, writing this commentary in 2006.

Deterring Discourse

Johanna Drucker


Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


born: United States
active: United States
citizenship: United States

birth: 1952-05-30

Publication Information

publisher: Druckwerk

production: 1992-00-00:1993-00-00
publication: 1993-00-00

publication history: A small edition of this work was produced. It was designed for ongoing production and publication, but in fact, was issued only once, in 1993. [J.Drucker]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

content form:
narrative (local)
experimental text (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Bruce Andrews, Blaise Cendrars, and Viktor Shklovsky. [J.Drucker]

related works: This book is in the news-response genre of A Current Line, Damaged Spring, From Now, and Dark Decade. [J. Drucker]

other influences: The "first" Gulf War, state of the media, the hideous disconnect between political language and reality. [J. Drucker]

community: other Poets and writers in New York, and Brad Freeman. [J. Drucker]

note: One of the darkest expressions of frustration I've produced. [J. Drucker]

Exhibition Information

exhibition history: None in particular, only in shows of all my books.

reception history: None in particular.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive