Air Kissing by Amanda Ackerman
Launch date: November 24, 2016
Edition: 100, 12x20cm
Design: André Fuchs, printed by We Make It and bound by hand
Air Kissing is a short essay about the way in which perfume, and our undervalued sense of smell, operate molecularly, affectively, porously, poetically and semiotically. It tells a story of intimacy and fear, pleasure and disgust, intoxication and transcendence: the story of how bodies affect and relate to one another. The essay hovers through the Bubonic plague, bioterrorism and stain-removing solutions, neuroses and blood as a love-inducing ingredient, to interrogate scent’s cultural relativity and its organic origins.
Perfume, in Air Kissing, is not dead matter; it is rather a language to which we sometimes, perhaps, attach the wrong image system. Perhaps there is no dead matter at all.
Open this book and smell it: does it smell like disinfectant concoction against plague, or like the breath of an unknown giant?
Air Kissing is the third booklet in the Parapoetics Series, co-published with Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, and with cover designs created by André Fuchs (Fuchs Borst), who works conceptually with patterns, translating geometries found in nature that follow fractal, aleatory and aperiodic structures.
Parapoetics asks what other semiotic possibilities can be afforded to us, and speculates in parallel vocabularies of alternative sign systems. Parapoetics challenges the idea of what it might mean to signify, in what manner significations can manifest themselves, and what promises for our relation to Others a poetry in an expanded, more-than-human field might hold.
Amanda Ackerman is the author of the The Book of Feral Flora. She is also the author of the chapbooks The Seasons Cemented, I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck, and Short Stones. She has co-authored Sin is to Celebration, the Gauss PDF UNFO Burns a Million Dollars, and the forthcoming book Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Remedies and Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will. She is co-publisher and co-editor of the press eohippus labs. She also writes collaboratively as part of the projects SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO. She lives in Los Angeles.