This Mess is a Place: A collapsible anthology of collections and clutter.


26.10.2013: Book launch, Chase and Sorensen, London, UK

A publication, edited/curated by Zoë Mendelson and published by And Publishing, will include articles, artworks and fiction. Alongside This Mess is a Place‘s own collaborators from psychiatric and archival fields there will be contributions of artistic projects from Jim Bay (UK); Michel Blazy (FR); Carrie M Becker (USA); Marjolijn Dijkman (NL); Nat Goodden (UK), Jefford Horrigan (UK), Catrin Huber (UK); Dean Hughes (UK); Verity Jane Keefe (UK); Mierle Laderman Ukeles (USA); Florence Peake (UK); Michael Samuels (UK); Kathryn Spence (USA); Robin Waart (NL); Julian Walker (UK) and Laura White (UK) among others.

The publication will contain essays and documents by Dr. Colin Jones (Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Applied Health and Social Sciences, UK); Dr. Haidy Geismar (lecturer in digital anthropology and material culture, US/UK); Jeremy Gill (urban planner and theorist, AUS/UK); Cecilie Gravesen (artist, curator and writer, UK/Den); Dr. Alberto Pertusa (consultant psychiatrist, UK); Daniel Rourke (artist and researcher, UK); Isobel Siddons (archivist and Head of Engagement at the National Archives, UK); Satwant Singh (nurse practitioner and cognitive behavourial therapist, UK); Nina Folkersma (curator and critic, NL); Alberto Duman (artist, writer, UK). The publication will also include documentary photography by Paula Salischiker (ARG).

The idea behind the publication is that practice/artistic research will co-exist with more clinical and scientific research. It is hoped this will create overlaps and crises of ‘usefulness’ akin to the submersion of materials within a hoard or the pursuit of order within a collection. The publication itself will be unbound – illogical and precarious as an object.

To order a copy – for individuals or libraries – please contact

Book is available at:
Luminous Books, the ICA, X Marks the Bökship, Camden Arts Centre, Banner Repeater – all in London.
Online at And Publishing, Artsadmin and the project’s own website.
And to read at: ECA Library, Wimbledon School of Art Library, the British Library, Chelsea College of Art special collections,  Sigmund Feud Foundation Library in Vienna and the artists’ books collection at Emily Carr University in Vancouver.