WHAT'S MY NAME? is published by Book Works. Printed offset in an edition of 1,000 copies, b/w, 128 pages with a soft cover. Designed by Jonas Williamsson, 130 x 195 mm.
Informed by the strategies of dada, fluxus and beat writing, Karl Holmqvist’s fuses concrete poetry with cut-up techniques in anti-hierarchical monochromatic texts often presented as self-effacing awkward live performance. Here, the text slowly reveals itself as the modified but recognizable lyrics to pop songs. Eschewing the authenticity of creativity and the idolatry of pop celebrity, Holmqvist prioritizes the cover version, and subtly mocks the machismo of pop celebrity with his queer interventions. WHAT’S MY NAME? contains sixty-six poems, reworking the lyrics of artists that range from Chicks on Speed and Grace Jones to The Rolling Stones.