The Green Violin is a small, independent publishing project for the free distribution of poetry, essays and prose.
The Green Violin is inspired by a 1969 collaboration between Fluxus* artists Joseph Beuys and Henning Christiansen. The artists staged a ‘concert’ uniting two distinct moments in time, and with that entanglement, ritualizing the bond with one another. Henning played a violin that was painted green in two separate performances, after which the instrument has never been played since and now remains confined to the sarcophagi of art galleries.
This concert laces together the significance of two otherwise disparate moments, in a way where one can no longer be grasped without the other. To echo this way of connection, The Green Violin is intended to reflect facets of language as it embodies the struggle against capitalism (as against all violence derived from ideology) which is shared despite geopolitical and linguistic boundaries. The realization of language in this form can be traced across the historical narratives of documentary poetry, through formal experimentation that places challenging demands on time and the act of reading, in the decolonial practices of interchanging language and recovering the mother-tongue, and in the reclamation of silence and erasure.
The Green Violin is founded, edited, designed, and printed by Lital Khaikin. An untrained publication povera, The Green Violin remains humble in materials. It is self-funded, it operates with unglamorous materials for small booklets, tabloid-sized sheets of newsprint, and the occasional simple broadside. This form is meant for the caprice of flight, which is less ornamented, and more concerned with its corpus and destination.
Publications are printed indefinitely, but general numbers for a first printing are around 120-150. Subsequent editions are reprinted as materials permit. Published works never lose their relevance, growing and being revisited as a living archive. The Green Violin is a free-distribution project, motivated by anti-capitalist principles, meaning the works are not for sale. There is no copyright taken by the press.
The Green Violin is for the free exchange of literature, and is not interested in making profits off of its publications. The Green Violin is unaffiliated with any academic, public or private institutions, has no board of directors or editorial board, and has no official distribution network. It is unfunded by government-sanctioned arts grants (it is funded by a minimum wage job), it is not an investment opportunity for fallen angels, and it is most certainly not literature for tote-bags, Banff Colonies or CBC awards.
The Green Violin in part responds to the prevalence of anarchism, and the revolutionary image, as good business for commercial publishers. The accessibility of ‘radical’ literature remains in the realm of commodity, as a collector’s item, as part of a buy-in culture. Molotovs are fashion statements! It has never been more profitable for academies and publishing institutions, including those who self-present as radical or anarchist presses, to publish ‘incendiary’ literature, often replicating the exclusive cult of personality that draws sales. There are unprecedented profits for the publishing of guides, how-to’s, and manuals for convenient revolutions.
If you would like to request copies of Green Violin publications, or send other comments or inquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.