House of the Haunted Inkbottle

    House of the Haunted Ink Bottle is a collaboration between Escape Mechanism
    and The Miidden Heap Press. The five minute and forty-seven second piece,
    consists of hundreds of vocal fragments and is based upon a passage from
    pages 182 to 184 of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. The passage describes
    Shem's lair and lists the objects littering the interior.

    The words were sought out --sometimes syllable by syllable-- by sound collagist
    Jonathan Nelson  from film, television, radio, and books on tape to approximate as
    closely as possible, the spirit of Joyce's text.

    Since at least 1997, Escape Mechanism's Jonathan Nelson has used nothing but
    sounds found in the broadcast media to create new and original works of sound
    collage. He has moved from the production studio to live performance, sound
    installation, theatrical  sound design, and multiple  collaborations with audio,
    video and visual artists from a variety of disciplines.

    Nelson hosted the Minneapolis-based radio show, Some Assembly Required ,
    from 1999 to 2011.  The program was a weekly exploration of sample-based
    music and audio art and is archived at   

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The portrait is printed on Moab Entrada
using pigmented archival inks.

100 numbered copies.

$28.00 (postage included)

The image is based  upon the 1918
Zurich photograph of Joyce located in
the Poetry Collection of SUNY.

House of the Haunted Ink Bottle
CD Single
5 minutes 47 seconds
$7.50 (postage included)
from a set of collages based upon the 628
pages of James Joyce’s
Finnegans Wake.
See a selection of pages here.

The images are printed with archival
pigmented inks. The title page is printed on
Moab Moenkopi Unryu.

This book is published in an edition of thirty-
two, plus three artist proofs.

Page size: 8 x 5.5 inches
Thirty-two pages, plus front and back matter.  
Cover: ink resist on Murillo paper. Each cover
is unique.   

75.00 (postage included)       

This project is supported in part by a grant from the
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, the
Louisiana Division of the Arts Office of Cultural
Development, Department of Culture, Recreation &
Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State
Arts, a Federal agency.
Shem the Penman, 2014

(pages 169 to 195 of Finnegans Wake)

accordion book
archival pigmented ink on Moab Entrada Rag paper
closed: 5.25 x 4 x 1 inch
open: variable, up to 7 feet wide

100.00  (postage included)
Washers at the Ford, 2014

(pages 196 to 216 of Finnegans Wake)

accordion book
archival pigmented ink on Moab Entrada Rag paper
closed: 5.25 x 4 x .5  inches
open: variable, up to 5.5 feet wide

75.00  (postage included)
doublin their mumper, 2014

maze book
archival pigmented ink on Moab Entrada Rag paper
closed: 2.75 x 2.75 x 0.5 inches
open: 8 x 16 inches

25.00  (postage included)