DONATO MANCINI

 

   
Donato Mancini is the author two books of procedural and visual poetry, Ligatures (2005) and Æthel (2007), both from New Star books, both nominated for the ReLit Award. He also co-directed the world's first genuine in-world avatar documentary AVATARA (2003). Long time member of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver BC, he was a principal organiser of the N 49 15.832 - W 123 05.921 Positions Colloquium in August 2008. He is now finishing a third collection of visual and textworks for New Star and beginning to prepare for publication his book-length study of the ideology and ideolects of poetry reviewing in Canada.

How to Create a Capital Ash (Æ) in Microsoft Word (PC)

open the "Insert" menu
choose "Symbol"
a rectangular symbol menu will pop up
highlight "Æ" in the menu
click "insert"

 - or -

use the shortcut sequence
Ctrl + Shift + & + A
= Æ

Beauty is An Eye in the Blender / The Truth is Out There

The writings/drawings of Æthel were made in Adobe Illustrator within a set of simple rules. My controlling technical principle was that Illustrator - important among recent technologies that change the parameters of concrete poetry - should be used in an unlearned, even amateur way. I downloaded free display fonts, converted these to "Outlines" and virtually hacked the letters apart, like with safety scissors at construction paper. I then precariously recombined the fragments into the tangles you see. Because no new lines were drawn, and the letters were generally kept at the same scale, the forms appear to emerge organically from lines, and potential lines, already present in the letterforms. The rules also meant that my intentions, graphic imagination and paranoiac itch-to-symmetry were so severely frustrated that the writings/drawings, after several years, still don't register to me as products of my own mind. For readers/viewers, it's the ubiquitousness of the display fonts - you'll see many of them on commercial signage every time you leave your mouldy Strathcona basement suite - that keeps them familiar enough for their mutations to be beastly. Ideological chimæras, like counter-intuitive puns on fatigued scraps of sagacity, they move towards the strange (by attraction or repulsion) without escaping the banal determinations of a disfluent commercial design vernacular.

 

SILKSCREEN PRINTS
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Wheatabixy
[Silkscreened ink on paper, 2008]
22”x30”
edition of 10 + 1
Commissioned by the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sorrows of Young Werther (Goth Phase)
[Silkscreened ink on paper, 2009]
22”x30”
edition of 20

 

 

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The Jazzercise Dance of Hope
[Silkscreened ink on paper, 2009]
22”x30”
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Jonathan Livingston Boa Constrictor
[Silkscreened ink on paper, 2009]
22”x30”
edition of 20

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Vimid Ivage
[Silkscreened ink on paper, 2009]
22”x30”
edition of 20

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Gallery view.

Documentation

 

 

 

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Gallery view

Documentation

 

 

Photodocumentation by Byron Dauncey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS
Mechanical Brides advocates for local booksellers. But for online specialty mail-order, we recommend our friends at Apollinaire's Books. Most Mancini titles are available directly from New Star Books. Silkscreen prints are also available through Art Metropole and Apollinaire's Books.
 

 

DONATO MANCINI

Adam Seelig Interviews Donato Mancini
chapbook design by Rodney Sanches
First printed in West Coast Line

Critical Chapbook,
12 photocopied pages
Edition of 60 copies produced by Mechanical Brides

$4

 

DONATO MANCINI

BUFFET WORLD

  • 160 pages, 6×9 inches
  • Price: $21 CAD
  • ISBN-10: 1554200547
  • ISBN-13: 9781554200542
  • Date published: 2010-10-15
  • New Star Books

"Visually and conceptually dynamic, Buffet World is Donato Mancini's collection of poems about food, economy, and the inhumanities and systemic cruelties of life in contemporary capitalism. While the critique is deep, the poems are accessible and fun to read.

Mancini explores the relationships between food, culture and politics using words, images, numbers and the idea of the list. The numbers and statistics that fill the book stand as a critique of the grotesquely inhumane scales of industrial production in the world today. The images are colourful and almost garish. The words are, in true Mancini fashion, brilliantly manipulated.

Critically incisive humour permeates Buffet World while the poems capture Mancini's laser–sharp wit, as well as his dissatisfaction with the conditions of a world built on so many systemic cruelties. Buffet World underlines our inescapable complicity as (constantly) both victims and victimizers. "

 

DONATO MANCINI

ÆTHEL

  • Poetry
  • 96 pages, 6×8 inches
  • Price: $21 CAD
  • ISBN-10: 155420030X
  • ISBN-13: 9781554200306
  • Date published: 2007-09-20
  • New Star Books
 

DONATO MANCINI

LIGATURES

  • Poetry
  • 112 pages, 5.5×8.5 inches
  • Price: $18 CAD
  • ISBN-10: 1554200172
  • ISBN-13: 9781554200177
  • Date published: 2005-10-06
  • New Star Books
 

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105 posbL resons 4t ;; of thot

  • ISBN 978 1 897388 61 7
  • 5.5 x 4.25 inches; stapled into 3 layers of wrappers.
  • Price: $10.00
  • One of 100 copies manufactured by BookThug.
 
DONATO MANCINI

Hell Passport Volume 22

Have you ever been tased or tasered by the police? At some point Donato Mancini appears to have had a close brush with the law – close enough to ignite a fierce interest in the destructive electric shock these assault weapons aim at the hearts and minds of their victims. Carrying Mancini’s passport may not get you out of jail for free, but the drawings here are a sharp warning to the gentle reader to steer clear of taser-toting "law enforcers". 28 black and white pages. Red cover stock with blue end papers. 18,5 x 13,5. Perro Verlag, Vancouver 2007

$8.00

ISBN 978-1-897243-48-0
 

MANCINI, Donato: 9-11/7 Eleven

Apollinaire's Code: 962 
Price: $10.00 
Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds 

Vancouver: Open Space, 2004. One of 200 copies. np [12 pages]. Stapled into printed wrappers. Art book, designed by Andreas Kahre. Illustrated throughout in full colour. A textual co-realtion between 911 and 711 and a diet of terror.

 
Cook, Mancini, Pencarrick and Whitman

Book of Cöck

On the third night before Christmas, four friends, with dozens of collaborative projects between them, sat down to have some fun with five sheets of thirty-year old cracked Letraset® and a stack of cheap paper. The Book of Cöck was drawn, printed, folded and stapled from start to finish in one sitting. Shockingly intimate and hilarious, this chapbook has already become an Underground Classic. Now in its second printing! 16 black and white pages. Colour cover. Saddle-stitched. 22,5 x 14,5 cm. Perro Verlag, Mayne Island, BC, Canada, 2010. 

$7.00

ISBN 978-1-897243-67-1
 

 

 
    AUDIO / VIDEO  
    Donato Mancini reads for the Test Reading Series, 24 August 2006, This Ain't the Rosedale Library, Toronto  
  Donato Mancini reads 'Hot Peace', for Not Sent Letters & Guests, Spartacus Books, Feb. 13, 2010  
 
 
Avatara

1:11:36 

AVATARA is not a cartoon. It's a documentary about an Internet subculture who spend their lives immersed in an online 3-D voice-chat program called "Digitalspace Traveler." Through a series of 14 interviews, we uncover the history, art, identities, struggles and emotions of this unique internet community who, since as far back as 1996 have mostly devoted their lives to this software.

by Donato Mancini and Jeremy Turner with Flick Harrison

 
 

  • DONATO MANCINI - No Biblio, No Context
 
 
  • DONATO MANCINI - Subjecthood and the Light Verb
 
 
 
 
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