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Sadie Murdoch. "Omnipulsepunslide"

Omnipulsepunslide is the first artist's book by Sadie Murdoch (b. 1965). Murdoch immersed herself in the poems and manifestos of the Dada artists Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Emmy Hennings, Mina Loy, Juliette Roche and Gertrude Stein.

The book’s title Omnipulsepunslide is a portmanteau word, a blend of multiple words and their sounds, combining their meanings into a new word, in homage to the Dada sound poetry of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and a play on words in the manner of Marcel Duchamp:
Omni = all
Pulse = the body and desire
Spun/pun = wheels and cogs in machines, a play on words
Slide = to touch and slide your hand over an object or surface.
As Sadie Murdoch says "desire is the interplay of language and images."

The artist's intent is to re-route and re-position the history of the New York and Zurich Dada movement. She cuts up and re-assembles poems and manifestos, placing them alongside reconfigurations of photographic archives and disarticulated fragments of her body. The texts and images in Omnipulsepunslide function as thematic resources from which narrative structures are derived as intimate yet transient variations.

Sadie Murdoch studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds. She was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York from 2003-2004 and was awarded an Abbey Scholarship at the British School at Rome in 2002. She regularly exhibits in international solo and group shows. She lives and works in London and is presently a Lecturer on the MFA Fine Art course, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Sadie Murdoch
Edition of 500
2016, pp. 56
Graphic Editor: Giulia Brivio
Proofreader: Ben Bazalgette
Language: English
ISBN 978-88-940843-2-0

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