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London DATA 84 by Pete Horobin
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Ah! My 1st entry 'shelved' under neoism, my most precious archive. I probably got this from Pete when we met in the flesh for the 8th International neoist Apartment festival in London in the spring of 1984. As w/ everything by Pete, this is meticulous & low-budget - right up my conceptual/economic alley. Pete has divided his life into theme decades. I think he was the Principle Player in the 1970s & DATA Cell in the 1980s. He documented the minutiae of his daily life in various ways. This bk is one of the sacred relics from the beginning of 1984. Some of the pages are fold-outs. The text opens in classic MYTHOLOGIZING style:

"This man. Londonman. Eightiesman. Neoman. Is unemployed. Derives existence from supplementary benefit. His social security. Domestic security. He is one of the poor. A statistic. One of the surviviors. One of the grabbers. Getters. Squatters. Skipdiggers. Scrapers. Outsiders. A unit within a global subculture. Makers of new language. New art. New history. New future. New culture. Neoculture. Neoism. This neoism is timeless. It has always been. A river. Subterranean. Flowing free. Proletariat. Powerful. Fuelling the rich with ideas. Irrigating the world's cultural growth. It always will be. Eternal with man. Immortal. This neoism is not confined to any one city. Country. Continent. It has contacts. Pockets of resistence. Against the tired. Wornout. Playedout. Political systems it despises. Wants to see replaced. These focus points of neoenergy. Groups and individuals. Are in constant communication. A network exists. Thus each unit feels a part of the whole. Unified. Integral. Global. The growth is organic. Each unit an individual cell. Each cell comprising the organism. The organism. Neoism."

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Started Reading
April 20, 1984 – Finished Reading
May 26, 2008 – Shelved
May 26, 2008 – Shelved as: neoism

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