The Void Ratio
by Shane Levene & Karolina Urbaniak
THE VOID RATIO is the amount of black space in the psyche, the unresolved conflicts arising from the trauma of dying and the consequence of living.
In The Void Ratio Levene focuses on the physical body and the abstract mind, the struggle to come to terms with and accept time, existence and mortality. It’s quickly understood that 15 years of hardcore heroin addiction, over 60‚000 intravenous injections, have been administered in an attempt to fill this volume of void. Far more than the stereotypical writing so often found in drug literature Levene’s texts employ heroin use and addiction as a means to explore far grander themes of history, nostalgia, consequence and trauma.
For her part, Urbaniak through a series of photographs (Artefacts of Self-destruction) Urbaniak isolates and records the forensics of a ‘lifescene’ (here being the author’s own drug paraphernalia) at times discovering a breathtaking beauty emitted by the objects. Urbaniak’s lens turns the otherwise inanimate objects into landscapes, monuments, horizons, revealing the universal blackness of history and corporeal qualities of the user in the traces of blood and carbon left behind.
Foreword by Martin Bladh
“Levene’s words are something like when you find a long lost old faithful, a throbber on the shin, aaaaah.....''
‘The Void Ratio’ left me dreaming again of the fucking nightmare...'
Collector's Edition of 26 numbered copies will include book, two photographic prints and mounted
'heroin art work' made and signed by Shane Levene.
Two photographs 18x22cm
Injection Collage & Portrait of My Father during His 15 Minutes of Fame.
Heroin & acrylic on aluminium foil mounted on cardboard.
Size range from 15x25 cm to A4.
Soft cover book, 18x22cm
American Suburb X
Tools of Mutilation, Death and Obsession in ‘The Void Ratio’
An Interview with the Heroinhead
Disparate Thoughts of a Heroinhead
Memories Of A Heroin Head: “Heroin Has Given Me More Life Than It Has Taken Away”
Shane Levene & Peter Doherty
About the authors
Jeremy Reed & Karolina Urbaniak
Shane Levene is a contemporary British Outsider writer. He first shot to attention online, attracting a huge cult following, with the writing on his site Memoires of a Heroinhead. Themes common throughout Levene's work include history, nostalgia, tragedy, beauty, animalism and depravity. In 2016, after a 12 year exile in France, he finally returned to his homeland. He remains desperate and destitute, and when he is not living he remembers and writes.
Karolina Urbaniak is a visual artist, professional photographer, sound designer and co-founder of Infinity Land Press. Her published work includes To Putrefaction, The Void Ratio and Altered Balance – A Tribute to Coil (a collaboration between Urbaniak and the award-winning poet and novelist Jeremy Reed). She also composed the soundtrack to the limited edition of Jeremy Reed’s and Martin Bladh’s book Darkleaks - The Ripper Genome. Urbaniak is currently collaborating with British writer Steve Finbow on the multimedia project Death-Mort-Tod - A European Reliquary, forthcoming on Infinity Land Press.