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Missbehave

Missbehave: Simona Rota.
Vibok Works, 2013.
Limited series of 100 numbered copies,
signed by Simona Rota.
Crowd-founded in Book-a.net.
Authors: Simona Rota, Agustín
Fernández Mallo.
Editor: Paula V. Álvarez
Photos of the book: Simona Rota.
The book Missbehave brings to light the underground ties between Big Exit and Ostalgia series by artist and photographer Simona Rota. Despite their contrast and differences, both works share the same concern about the possibility of individual freedom within the environments we inhabit, and how they subtly affect and condition our behaviour.

Along with the series, Missbehave includes the short story ‘So it Goes with Dogs’ by author Agustín Fernández Mallo, the texts ‘Ostalgia’ and ‘Apartment' by by Simona Rota, and ‘Intâmplare’, a non-linear text being based on an interview I made with the artist.

The initial concept for the book was a broader edition that would include Instant Village series. However, Rota’s proposal to dedicate the book to such opposite works as ' Big Exit' and ' Ostalgia ' completely seduced me. It was an opportunity to continue exploring how to bring the "mashup"concept to the editing field, an issue that I had already embraced in the edition of Collective Architectures (2010), and the concept for the Unfacebook art project (2012).

Emerged in the music industry, the term “mashup” defines a production method and also a new genre: the creation of a new musical composition by combining two or more topics already finished and previously recorded. As for editing Missbehave, I was enthused about the "crossover" genre, a form of mushup that consists of intertwining two completely different tracks in a single piece (version vs version). In order to build up a new framework capable of taking in and embracing differences, cross-over techniques stress rhythm, mood and atmospheres. Instead of setting against the juxtaposed elements, this form of mashup synchronizes the original pieces. Along with rhythm, mood and atmosphere, spatial transitions, density and multiple reflexes are some other elements that I manipulated to enhance the dealings between both series.




Despite the "mashup book" refers today to hybrid editions of classic books and popular genres, collage techiques in fiction date back to the cut-up notion proposed by William S. Burroughs in the late 1950s: a juxtaposition method for composing a book, anticipated by Tristan Tzara dadaist poems in the 1920s. In a similar but more thoughtful manner, Julio Cortázar —whose Hopscotch book inspires Intâmplare piece— Georges Perec in his Life a User's Manual, and Missbehave’s guest author Agustín Fernández Mallo himself, are some other authors who have explored the creative potential of collage procedures within the field of fiction, and also narrative.

Missbehave can be read as a crossover of two photographic series and also a mashup of texts and images. I like to think of this book as a landscape that the reader can cross more than once, finding in each passage unexpected relations and new details.

It was an honor to be in charge of the edition of this book. Check out a video about the editing work and a link to the purchase page.