Patrick Farmer Releases New Book 'Close Eclogues on Tiptoe'


Compost & Height is publishing a new book from Patrick Farmer. It's entitled Close Eclogues on Tiptoe and is described as an "epistolary experiment." The label described the book as such:

Close Eclogues on Tiptoe is an epistolary experiment that recalls the author’s visit to Mass an exhibition by the artist Lotti V Closs in 2016. Drawing on the ‘character’ inherent in Closs’s sculptural practice, Close Eclogues on Tiptoe uses the work as a structural device that brings together various literary, compositional, visual, scientific, and sonic references. Moving away from the literary form of the letter as a means of drawing the sender and recipient closer, the protagonists in Close Eclogues on Tiptoe experience a division or estrangement, a void that allows them to stand back from themselves and witness their own disappearance.

Throughout the book, Farmer’s long-standing research into listening is at the forefront of his writing. Following an accident in 2008 which caused long-term hearing loss, tinnitus, autophony and dehiscence, Farmer has been working across various disciplines to develop an embodied sense of listening. This has led to a greater understanding of the auditory processing system of the human body and an awareness of himself as a dis-placed body in the landscape. This dispersion has led to the realisation that there is no one way of listening that holds prevalence over another, a conception of listening interwoven throughout Close Eclogues on Tiptoe.

The book is limited to 100 copies. You can purchase a copy from the Compost & Height website here.