Despite being one of the most influential artists and writers of the mid-20th Century, Antonin Artaud’s voice remains inadequately deciphered. Artaud’s Metamorphosis is the first book on the transformation from his ‘early’ to ‘late’ work, and it shows how the ‘final’ Artaud leads straight into our digital present. This Artaud will alter how you think of media, the virtual, the political, and thought itself.
"Only after reading Jay Murphy’s beautifully crafted, thought-provoking, scholarly yet light fingered, account did I become aware of the crucial role the benighted Artaud plays in capitalism-and-schizophrenia. Murphy is a most wonderful guide to the madness that is our voyage through reality as a body without organs." - Michael Taussig
Jay Murphy is a writer whose screenplays participated in the invitation-only 2014 Episodic Story Labs Sundance Institute competition and was a finalist in 2011 and 2006 for the Sundance Screenwriting Labs; they include Vesco, based on the bestselling book by Arthur Herzog. He has contributed to CTheory, Art Journal, Deleuze Studies, Parallax, Culture Machine, MAP, Frieze, Parkett, Contemporary, Metropolis, Art in America, World Art, Afterimage, Third Text, and other journals and was a correspondent for Contemporanea. His essays have appeared in The Progressive, In These Times, and other forums. His interactive, collaborative Internet projects have been featured in the Sundance Film Festival. He edited the book anthology For Palestine (1993), and his work with artist Carolee Schneemann led to her 2002 MIT Press collection. He was editor and publisher of the alternative journal Red Bass, interviewing figures such as John Cage, William Burroughs, Emile de Antonio, Edward Said and Kathy Acker. Among his current projects is assembling a creative nonfiction book and web project culled from different time capsules and stories from the Middle East called Baraya. In 2008 he curated gallery exhibitions in New York and Edinburgh (the latter a weekend preview selection in The Guardian); in 2009 he organised the film festival “Cruel Weather” for venues in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, and in 2011 co-organised “Breaking Point” for Aberdeen and Dundee. He also curated the series “First Person” of seven filmmakers for Inverleith House and Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh (12 November, 2011 – 22 January, 2012) and completed his doctorate in Modern Thought at University of Aberdeen in December 2011. Recently he has contributed essays to monographs on poet/translator Clayton Eshleman (2014) and new media artist Grégory Chatonsky (2011). He organized the exhibition and film programme “Intelligence Report” that opened 3 October, 2014 at Peacock Visual Arts and Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen, and “Artaud: Projections” with The Horse Hospital and the Visual Cultures department, Goldsmiths College, London.