July 29 – September 11, 2022
Reading: Friday, July 29, 7pm
Tabloid Press presents the third iteration of the series On and Off the Grid, a yearly program of presentations and events dedicated to various form(at)s of publishing. Occupying the window display at the Hofgarten, the format provides a platform for the introduction, examination, and (re)negotiation of the materials and processes involved in publishing.
Tabloid Press poetics are embodied disclosures, versed body politics, tall orders. They are poets just talking, playing with talking. They are environmental: conceived in Berlin in 2014 by Zoe Darsee and Nat Marcus, the project’s first publication was a gossip column on newsprint—the effect of its lyrics were intended not only for the reader in private, silent engagement, but for the whole interpersonal terrain in which the authors were growing up and about which they wrote. Wrote poems that could also bridge a “scene,” slice open a “club.” Wrote to enter a dancefloor as a poet and let the dancefloor enter the poem.
In the following years, Tabloid has released over 12 publications, its activities widening to include facilitating poetry workshops, designing books and clothing, and providing textual documentation for live performance. No matter the format or function, the press’ activities are always means of innervating the body, be it collective or individual, with a force called lyric. “To publish” is to make public, to reveal or announce—but in doing so, to publish is also always the act of formulating a public audience. Tabloid poetics are in this way sung testaments to a partnership, grounds for play and gospel house megamixes, people watching people-watching. They are lateral, acts of love, never not looped feedback, never not meant for our family and the reader we’ll never meet.
 “stop tabloid press” (Hoodie spotted by @radacid in Berlin).
 “Logo” (Screen-printed hand + TABLOID on bleached fabric).