It is with great pleasure that If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution announces the publication of Acoustic Thought, a new book by the artist Snejanka Mihaylova edited with and designed by Philip Baber, and published by If I Can’t Dance in collaboration with The Last Books.
Acoustic Thought is a poetic exegesis of the Gospel of Thomas: an apocryphal gospel found at Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt in 1945, containing 114 sayings of Jesus. According to Mihaylova, the Gospel of Thomas "is a poem that listens, where the written is not simply the record of a voice but a radically different dimension of cognition that emerges as an acoustic realm in the formation of thoughts."
The book includes new texts written by Snejanka Mihaylova, ‘A Score for Six Voices’ by Lisa Holmqvist, and is illustrated with photographs by Jeff Weber made during a research period at the project space Beirut, Cairo. The English manuscript was first edited by Joe Kelleher. The work was commissioned by If I Can’t Dance as part of Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication (2013–2014).