London: Vargas Organization, 2010. First edition thus. Wraps. Two folios, each a Guildhall legal folder bearing the INS logo stamp, with xeroxed texts bound in. Faint smudges to covers, else near fine. Very good +. Item #23932
"Authorized" reproductions of two International Necronautical Society (INS) publications, originally issued in 2002 and 2003 by INS founder and General Secretary Tom McCarthy, then a frustrated conceptual artist and later a novelist of some renown. The first of the two publications, NAVIGATION..., is a report on "the interviews, discusions, screenings, and performances conducted at the Office of Antimatter, Austrian Cultural Forum, 21 March - 4 April 2001," and combines manifesto, exhibition catalogue, and dense literary criticism circling around Melville. The second, CALLING ALL AGENTS, takes Cocteau's Orphée as point of departure for a discussion of psychoanalytical and literary theory. Of the INS, McCarthy told an interviewer: "I call it a ‘fiction’ – not that it isn’t real, but because it’s a construct that not only references but also cannibalises a whole bunch of other cultural moments – the avant-garde, the bureaucracy of Kafka, the secret networks of Burroughs." Members and affiliated artists include(d) philosopher Simon Critchley, avant-garde set designer Laura Hopkins, Anthony Auerbach, Ken Hollings, and others. In addition to producing Reports, exhibits, and installations, INS activities include radio broadcasting of "poem-codes" and, in 2003, "experimental, unauthorized insertion of cleartext INS propaganda messages into the source code of the BBC News Website."