(the drum) / Ulises Carrión


One of artist Ulises Carrión’s early linguistic exercises in English, originally handwritten in black ink in 1972. The artist fragments the names of musical instruments to express a sound. His attitude to poetry precluded, to a certain extent, his book The new art of making books: “The text of a book in the new art can be a novel as well as a single word, sonnets as well as jokes, love letters as well as weather reports.”

A key figure in Mexican conceptual art, Ulises Carrión (b. 1941, San Andrés Tuxtla, Mexico; d. 1989, Amsterdam) was an artist, editor, curator and art theorist. His visual art practice was founded in an interest in print culture and media, which led him to engage with mail art and eventually performance, film, and video. In 1975, Carrión founded Other Books and So, a pioneering distribution center for artists' publications and multiples in Amsterdam. 

Designed by Izet Sheshivari

Published by Boabooks, 2016
First edition

Softcover, 24 pages, black and white offset, 4.13 × 5.67 inches

ISBN: 978-2-940409-97-6