Noxious Sector Press

Noxious Sector is a formalized forum for informal inquiry. Noxious Sector Press provides a platform for the exploration of ideas that engage questions of art and theory, the material and the speculative, the real and the imagined - gesturing in the process towards new forms of creative and intellectual thought. Noxious Sector Press is founded on the belief that artistic practice and speculative theory yield different types of insights than more traditional forms of academic inquiry, and aims to provide a forum in which these differences can be shared in a spirit of creative and intellectual community.

Noxious Sector Press publishes books of critical theory, artist books and special projects. Authors and artists interested in working with the press should contact us at

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Conflation: Conversational Idiom for the 21st Century

William Brent and David Cecchetto (2020). Conflation: Conversational Idiom for the 21st Century. 134 pages.

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Conflation is a poetic art with a purpose. A conflation is an amalgamation of two or more related expressions. In most cases, the combination results in a new phrase that makes little sense literally but nonetheless clearly conveys an idea in everyday conversation. The best conflations ring off the tongue naturally. Idioms do what they do because they are part of the ongoing and ever-changing doings of culture. Terms, expressions, and their meanings are always shifting. This book will help you take an active part in these processes, forging the state of the edge in the evolution of language.

Never Seen Before

Cindy Baker (2020). Never Seen Before. 510 pages.

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Never Seen Before is a collection of dreams by Canadian artist Cindy Baker. From fake snowball fights to writing school exams on her phone, these vignettes share the humor and the strangely relatable stories of personal night time experience.

101 Words of Pataphysics

College of 'Pataphysics (2019). 101 Words of Pataphysics. Translated by Ted Hiebert and Alastair Brotchie. 188 pages.

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Pataphysics is the science of exceptions: this book shares the science in the form of 101 words. Pataphysics is also the "science of imaginary solutions," a science--according to Père Ubu--"that was invented in order to satisfy a need that was generally already felt." In short, "Science." Following in the footsteps of Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), the College of 'Pataphysics now cultivates the Science. These 101 entries outline the organization (Vice-Curator, Satrap, Order of the Grand Gidouille), its key concepts (Clinamen, Beatitude, Zimzum), and its relationships with ideas such as the Serious, the Humorous, and Desertion. These keywords also reveal the pataphysical brilliance of figures such as Dr. Faustroll, Raymond Queneau and Fernando Arrabal.

Something Other Than Lifedeath—Catalyst: S.D. Chrostowska

Catalyst Book Series. David Cecchetto, ed. (2018). With contributions by Louis Bury, Anita Chari, Ted Hiebert, Anneleen Masschelein, Gerhard Richter, and Patrick Seniuk. Catalyst Book Series Volume 04.

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Consisting in historical scholarly work, art-criticism, and fiction, S.D. Chrostowska's writing exhibits a vitality that seems always on the edge of breaking differently, while also limning a solidity that suggests each trajectory has always been fated to be exactly what it is. The complementarity of these forces -- the thing that in their being together as one makes it impossible that they are the same -- makes Chrostowska's oeuvre irreducible, unabstractable, unrepeatable, and -- yes -- catalytic. In this, Chrostowska's work doesn't simply stage another freedom/fate conundrum, but also constitutes the conundrum itself in its aesthetic profile.

Naturally Postnatural—Catalyst: Jennifer Willet

Catalyst Book Series. Ted Hiebert, ed. (2017). With contributions by Warren Cariou, Louise Chance-Baxter& and IAIN BAXTER&, George Gessert, George Gessert & Beth Franks, Christian Kuras, Marta de Menezes, Natasha Myers, Kira O'Reilly, Melentie Pandilovski, Paul Vanouse, Amanda White & Alana Bartol and Robert Zwijnenberg. 254 pages.

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In the 21st century, a humanly-impacted climate is the natural state of planetary affairs: a global environmental disaster but perhaps also an artwork of geological scale. Responding to this idea requires an artistic spirit with an ecological conscience--perfectly espoused by the work of artist Jennifer Willet. From speculations on the genetic future to reflections on the ways that art challenges engagement, interaction and analysis, the contributions in this book share a key concern of Willet's: a recognition of the complexities of artistic engagement in a time when the stakes of technological living have never been higher.

Plastic Blue Marble—Catalyst: Amanda Boetzkes

Catalyst Book Series. Ted Hiebert, ed. (2016). With contributions by Shannon Bell, David Cecchetto, Mark Cheetham, Ted Hiebert, Doug Jarvis, Serena Kataoka, Anne Pasek, Andrew Pendakis and Maria Whiteman. 185 pages.

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Our earth is no longer the solitary blue marble pictured from outer space by the Apollo 17 crew in 1972. Now, scholars such as Amanda Boetzkes imagine it as a plastic blue marble, mediated as it is through the paradoxes of intersectional and elemental thinking, anthropogenic change, and the ongoing project of imagining the futures we are building together. From visions of catastrophe to poetic journeys through the urban, social and artistic imagination, the contributions in this volume redistribute the currents of Boetzkes's ecological and theoretical insights. They discover new terrains of consideration, styles of thinking and creative forms of engaging with art, philosophy and ecological speculation.

Phono-Fictions and Other Felt Thoughts—Catalyst: Eldritch Priest

Catalyst Book Series. David Cecchetto, ed. (2016). With contributions by G Douglas Barrett, Marc Couroux, Émile Fromet de Rosnay, Ted Hiebert, Nicola Masciandaro, Juliana Pivato, Gary Shipley and Amy Tang. 222 pages.

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Eldritch Priest's work does not often figure sounds as waves, but instead favours earworms and egregors ... abstractions that are themselves equally figured through sound. This field is one of phono-fictions, and the contributions to this volume variously figure out (and in) Priest's work by leveraging, interrogating, and promulgating the waves of boredom, bullshit, imagination, and analysis that drive it. These contributions are thus (sometimes true) fictions of a special type: they redound in (non)sonic bodies that are never isomorphic with themselves, instead moving parasitically in modulatory resonances that aggregate and dissemble according to logics that exceed sensibility.

A formalized forum for informal inquiry

Ted Hiebert (2015). A formalized forum for informal inquiry. 134 pages.

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This volume collects the curatorial writing produced at Noxious Sector Projects, a window gallery in downtown Seattle, curated by Ted Hiebert between 2011-13. The gallery had as its mandate to be a "formalized forum for informal inquiry" and to exhibit works that creatively challenged the boundaries between the imaginary and the everyday. Featuring the work of: Jackson 2bears, Cindy Baker, Cedar Tavern Singers, Tanya Doody, Neal Fryett, Tetsushi Higashino, Doug Jarvis, Arthur & Marilouise Kroker, Christian Kuras & Ben Tanner, Christian Kuras & Duncan MacKenzie, David LaRiviere, Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Urich Lau, Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell, Susan MacWilliam, Ingrid Mary Percy, M.E.D.I.U.M., Steven Rayner, Janet Marie Rogers & Alex Jacobs, Scott Rogers, Second Front, Nathan Shafer, Cara-Ann Simpson, Jason Tentor, Jennifer Willet & Kira O'Reilly.