Darkleaks - The Ripper Genome
by Jeremy Reed & Martin Bladh
Darkleaks – The Ripper Genome is a unique collaboration between Jeremy Reed and Martin Bladh that revisits the Jack the Ripper case from a brave new angle. Reed and Bladh are preoccupied less with who Jack the Ripper was than with who he became, his compulsions genetically scrambled into amalgams of hardwired obsession that re-manifest themselves in the figures of Ballard, Burroughs, Bacon, Peter Christopherson and Valerie Solanas, as though history were being driven on by the haywire velocity of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music, backfiring for a few instants into the poetry of Baudelaire but always centrifuged into the contemporary moment. The figure of Jack the Ripper disintegrates into multiple entities of obsessional creativity and murderous fixations, across London’s wastelanded, scorchearthed streets, only navigable via the blood-spurted vectors emitted from that multiplied figure’s victims.
Softbound, 144 pages, 200 x 200mm
First edition limited to 100 copies
Limited Edition Box-Set
28 copies of limited edition box-set includes:
Darkleaks - The Ripper Genome book
one of 28 original collages made by Martin Bladh (200x200mm, mixed media on cardboard)
and six track spoken word album produced by Karolina Urbaniak.
Spoken word album preview
Music by Karolina Urbaniak
Vocals by Jeremy Reed & Martin Bladh
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About the authors
Jeremy Reed & Martin Bladh
Jeremy Reed is the author of over forty books of award-winning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, a long standing icon to the underground for his uncompromising, distinctly London-flavoured work, saturated in an imagination JG Ballard called 'almost extraterrestrial in its talent.' Writing on the edges of society Reed consistently celebrates the generic outlaw as anti-hero. His recent non-fiction books The Dilly: A Secret History of Piccadilly Rent Boys, Waiting For The Man: The Life and Career of Lou Reed, the poetry collections Piccadilly Bongo, Sooner or Later Frank and Voodoo Excess, and the novel Here Comes The Nice, all confirm Pete Doherty's estimation of Reed as 'a legend, what more can you fucking ask?' He performs with the Ginger Light and wrote the libretto to Marc Almond's pop operetta Against Nature (2015).
Martin Bladh is a Swedish-born artist of multiple mediums. His work lays bare themes of violence, obsession, fantasy, domination, submission and narcissism. Bladh is a founding member of the post-industrial band IRM, the musical avant-garde unit Skin Area and co-founder of the publishing company Infinity Land Press. His published work includes To Putrefaction, Qualis Artifex Pereo, DES, The Hurtin’ Club and Darkleaks - The Ripper Genome. He lives and works in London.
Documentation of a performance that took place during Darkleaks - The Ripper Genome book launch at Horse Hospital in April 2017.
Part I - reading: Martin Bladh
Part II - reading: Jeremy Reed
Music: Karolina Urbaniak
Sound editing: Philip Quinton