Not Joy Division

Andrew James Paterson
5 x 7
100 pages
Softcover, perfect-bound, colour
1st Edition, 2018

“Mystery, melancholy and hard-boiled lyricism bleed together in Paterson’s Not Joy Division … A ludic-yet-painful text that is part pastiche and part theory.”
– Lynn Crosbie, author of Paul’s Case and Where Did You Sleep Last Night

“Taking place almost entirely inside the noir landscape of Facebook the protagonist wanders the nightmare corridors of aging post-punk subcultural malaise looking for an answer.”
– Steve Kado, artist, musician, and writer for Artforum, Flash Art, and C Magazine

“Essential reading for anyone interested in oral tradition and in the frenzied rate at which everything is appearing and disappearing around us.”
– Nicole Gingras, curator and writer

“Through even-tempered prose, Marienbad-like dialogue and Facebook epistles, Paterson tells a particular story that parallels the end of radio’s hold on youth culture, a time when music, visual art, politics and poetry shared boyfriends and girlfriends, powders and fluids, showers and blood baths.”
– Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo and American Whiskey Bar


Andrew James Paterson is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist working with video, film, performance, painting, music, critical and fictional writing. His videos have shown locally, nationally and internationally for three and a half decades. Much of his art in various media references tensions between bodies and technologies; as well as anarchic impulses played against formalist tendencies. Between 1977 and 1982, he was the prime vocalist and writer for the Toronto post-punk band The Government. He has recently completed an artist’s book project Collection/Correction, published by Kunstverein Toronto and Mousse Publishing Milan in the autumn of 2016.

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Not Joy Division