Blow Job

Artistnovel 076

Stewart Home

1997

Book, 19.7 x 12.7 cm, 264 p, language: English, publisher: Serpent's Tail, London, ISBN: N/A.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2024/853).

Literary synopsis As the leader of Class Justice Steve Drummond has the London anarchist scene "stitched up like a kipper", until "Swift" Nick Carter returns to the political fold. Then the anarchists take on the fascist fringe in a battle for the hearts and minds of disaffected youth. Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice Stewart Home’s notorious *Apeman Performance* (first acted out in the spring of 1997 at the San Georgio theatre in the city of Udine) is a memorised anti-theatrical recital of various texts by Home. This may be done by any of the performers, who may or may not be Home. The longest and final passage recited consists of a description of a skinhead being given a blow job while the boot boy recites from Abiezer Coppe’s *A Fiery Flying Roll*, an incident that is mimicked on stage. For this, the performer should be partially screened, so that it is unclear whether or not he is getting a blow job from an assistant. Prior to this ‘climax’ the audience will be informed that ‘Home’ is to recite for as long as possible against the distraction of oral sex. At the end of the recital, which may or may not be successfully completed, the performer will ‘reveal’ that rather than being Stewart Home, he is actually Luther Blissett.

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