The Onion: Tal R, Onions, bronze, 2005. Courtesy: Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin; photograph: Jochen Littkemann.
Stripes: Jacques Carelman, Catalogue of Extraordinary Objects, London: Abelard-Schuman, 1969.
Salt & Pepper: Offices on Castle Street, Northwich, leaning backwards and almost toppling over as result of subsidence from the salt mine beneath, 1891. Courtesy: Cheshire Museum Services.
The Nose: 'Here's a precious go them infernal vegetable
pills have taken root in my nose. It was reddish before but now it's carrotty!'
W Spooner, London, early 1800s. Courtesy: The Wellcome Library, London.
Folly: 'A scene from Porcelain', Paul Derval, Trans. Lucienne Hill, The Folies Bergère, London: Methuen, 1955.
Mice: Mediaeval fresco recently uncovered in an Austrian church,
String: For 75 years the two knots above were believed to be completely different knots when in fact they are the same knot represented differently.
Andrzej Solecki, 'Simple Crossing Projections of a Polygon', www.cs.mcgill.ca
Implicasphere is a mini-publication that seeks to
unearth and revive compelling, illuminating and curious ideas in the form
of image and text fragments taken unadulterated from fields as diverse
as folk craft, nuclear physics, metaphysical poetry, pulp novels, linguistics,
criminology, film noir and astrology. Each issue takes the form of a single
printed broadsheet and has as its theme an everyday word that seems direct
and concrete: mice, string, the nose.
Implicasphere's collage effect combines often incompatible shards
of thought in webs of association that tangle the meaning of those simple
words. Its progenitors include folk almanacs, the Little Blue Book series (US, 1919-78) and themed anthologies such
as The Saturday Book (1940-60s). Not the scholarly paper it may appear
at first to be, Implicasphere's introductory essay hypothesises and speculates,
mixing up doggerel and scientific fact. This project is piratical, amateur
and partial, dependent as it is on the vagaries of its editors' imaginations.
It leaves its material in an unstable state, caught in the excitement
of the first encounter with an unfamiliar idea. It hopes to provoke and
inspire in the reader consternation, intrigue and reverie. To find out
more about the word 'implicasphere', click here.
Eight issues were produced 2003-8 on the themes of String, Mice, Folly, The
Nose, Salt & Pepper, Stripes, The Onion and Smoke. The final five issues were distributed in Cabinet magazine (www.cabinetmagazine.org).
The editors also produced themed events, looking at onions with experts from the fields of cosmology, literature
and magic (Photographers' Gallery, London, 2007) and brought together, in an illustrated talk, magical and musical performances with smoke (The Art Workers Guild, London, 2008). To find out
more about our events, click here.
To contact the editors or order back issues email info(at)implicasphere.org.uk
Implicasphere was edited by Cathy Haynes and Sally O'Reilly and
published by Implicasphere Ltd, London. Registered company no. 5757303;
ISSN 1742-8866. To view our biographies click here.
String, Mice and Folly were commissioned by the Pier Trust. Original design concept by Hoop Design (www.hoopdesign.co.uk).
The Nose, Salt & Pepper and Stripes were designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio, and supported by the Moose Foundation for the Arts
and The Elephant Trust. Stripes was supported by The Henry Moore Foundation. Stripes, The Onion and Smoke, and the Implicasphere project overall, was supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England, London.