[flattering photo by Mr Etienne Gilfillan]
About this site
This is the personal web site of Mark Pilkington – I’m a writer, publisher, event and exhibition curator and musician with a particular interest in the fringes of knowledge, culture and belief.
While it will no doubt contain erudite essays and reviews and details of mine and my friends’ and allies’ various activities, it’s equally likely to be crammed with random links, photographs, half-formed thoughts and endless unedited synthesiser doodles. This is the Internet, remember.
About Mark Pilkington
Writing – Mark’s written two books, Mirage Men (2010) and Far Out: 101 Strange Tales from Science’s Outer Edge (2007), the latter collecting articles written for the Guardian newspaper. His writing has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Anomalist, Celeste, FHM, Fortean Times, Frieze, Sight and Sound, The Wire, the Time Out Book of London Walks Vol.2 and London Noir.
Publishing – Mark runs Strange Attractor Press and edits its acclaimed anthologies, Strange Attractor Journal. Other books published by SAP include ‘Medical’ London by Richard Barnett and Mike Jay, ‘Welcome to Mars’ by Ken Hollings, ‘Austin Osman Spare’ by Phil Baker and ‘The Field Guide’ by Rob Irving and John Lundberg. SAP also undertake bespoke book production for clients including The Royal Parks, The Beckley Foundation and The Natural Death Centre.
Curating – As an event organiser and curator Mark has organised events at London venues including the Horse Hospital, the ICA, the Theosophical Society, Viktor Wynd Fine Art, Maggs Bros bookshop, Conway Hall, The Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club and Barnes Wetland Centre. As well as numerous Strange Attractor evenings, Mark has collaborated on larger projects including Pestival (2006) and Megalithomania (2002). In 2010 Mark curated the first Strange Attractor Salon at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, an exhibition involving over twenty artists and a programme of talks, performance, music and film, and in 2012 put together ‘Unstable’ with Carl Williams at Maggs Counterculture.
Sound & Music – Mark can often be found playing electronic gizmos and synthesisers with improvising and experimental musical groups including Raagnagrok, Urthona, Disinformation, The Stargazer’s Assistant, The Ragged Ragtime Band and at home as The Asterism. He recently performed his first solo Asterism gig at London’s Cafe OTO.
Mark’s also created sound design for short animated films by Tessa Farmer and Sean Daniels (see this clip from Nest of The Skeletons) and radio intros for Erik Davis, Ken Hollings and is working on the soundtrack to Mark Aitken’s forthcoming film, Dead When I Got Here.