Alpine Spoilers (2014)
Sublime Transactions, Armitt Museum & Library, Cumbria. Commissioned by Armitt and supported by Arts Council England
Alpine Spoilers appropriates text from the collection of mountaineering memoirs in The Fell & Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District Archives, held at the Armitt Library, Cumbria. The books in the collection are first-hand accounts of journeys in The English Lakes, The Alps, The Himalayas and further afield, from Victorian times to the present day. The book is a playful edit of quotes from the last paragraphs from over 100 books in which the author creates a poignant finale. Through the alpinist's words, the text explores tensions between the draws of the aesthetic canons of romanticism and the real possible outcomes of pain and death. In the final pages, the author weighs the advantages of pleasure and power versus risk.
Alpine Spoilers (2012)
Edition of 200
112pp., 135 x 195mm
Softcover, black and white, risograph, perfect bound
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2022 update: A new Audio Edition of Alpine Spoilers is available via Pleats.