PC Press are publishing the definitive book on the British industrial group Test Dept in April of this year.
The launch event will be held at Aston University, Birmingham, on Thursday, 28th May, 2015, from 1.30pm to 6pm in room Main Building room MB108.
The following speakers have been confirmed for the event: Dr Stephen Mallinder, Dr Michael Goddard, Dr Stevphen Shukaitis, Dr Alexei Monroe.
To celebrate the publication of “Total State Machine” we will be holding a colloquium featuring speakers who contributed to the volume and other researchers/academics giving their analysis and assessment of Test Dept’s work. There will also be a question and answer session with members of the band. The PDF programme for the launch event can be downloaded HERE. There will also be an after party to celebrate the publication of the book at Vividprojects, featuring Test Dept DJs and film projections. Please visit their website for more details. "Total State Machine" will feature a wide range of texts from Test Dept allies, collaborators and writers, including Jonathan Moore, Robin Rimbaud, Laibach, Stephen Mallinder (ex Cabaret Voltaire), Marek Kohn, Alan Sutcliffe, Andy Wilson, Russell MacEwan and many more. The introduction is by Alexei Monroe and Peter Webb. With artwork and event photos from the group’s archives and others, it will also be a highly visual book, illustrating the spectacular scale and impact of Test Dept’s work. As well as manifestos, excerpts from tour diaries and many previously unknown stories and documents, including an East German Stasi file on the group, the book also contains extensive interviews conducted in which they speak openly about their history. Admission is free but requires registration, HERE. For more info on the book visit the web sites of PC-Press and Test Dept.
If you have specific questions about this event, please contact event organiser, Dr Uwe Schütte or the publisher, Pete Webb.