Nathan Jones / Kepla – The Happy Jug [Book/CD]


Nathan Jones / Kepla – The Happy Jug [Book/CD]


Label: Entr'acte

Format: Book + CD

Year: 2018

"Presented here as novel and CD audio work, The Happy Jug uses a combination of verbatim text, fiction, granular synthesis and speculative philosophy to interrelate these formally distinct events in a weird causal relationship, reflecting on the palpable emotional and physical suffering connected to austerity politics — in particular the UK 2015 general election and its aftermath. The audio CD, produced by Kepla, features this narrative spoken by the author, Nathan Jones with his wife Nina. The book acts as a libretto for the audio, but deviates from it at times, and adds an experimental text dimension to the glitchy textures of the sound and voice."

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Nathan Jones is a writer and artist. His work often reflects on the
relationship between the textual and temporal, the irregular measure
that a text’s progression keeps, and the ruptures of time into eras,
contemporanaeties, histories and speculations that writing inaugurates.
Nathan is co-editor of mind-language-technology publisher Torque,
director of new media and performance agency Mercy, and Lecturer
in Fine Art at Lancaster University. He has curated various projects
such as The Act of Reading (2015), Syndrome (2014–15), and Electronic
Voice Phenomena (2009–13). His solo work includes commissions for
Cape Farewell, Abandon Normal Devices, and Liverpool Biennial/
Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art.

Kepla is the musical works of UK-based artist Jon Davies since 2015.
His compositions comprise of sculpting salvaged audio from various
secondary sources to create psychogeographic and speculative
environments, embedding the listener into otherworldly, and all-too-
worldly spaces. His practice aims to conceptualise the capitalocene
and how people and things are organised, mined and exploited.
Over the past three years Kepla has produced a self-released EP;
co-created Absent Personae with media theorist DeForrest Brown,
Jr. and video artist Chris Boyd and composed the soundtrack for
The Happy Jug.

Limited edition of 150 copies