A collection of extracts from the Dark Windows Archive of Ephemera. If you would like to see more of a particular article in this collection, please contact me.

The Death of Godard.

Mass Observation

You are invited to contribute to a project that I am working on (see below). All that it involves is for you to e-mail a description of something that you've done, seen or thought this Thursday (24th June), the results will be collated as a portrait of the world on a single mid-summer day and published in issue 2 of Patricide.

Please feel free to pass the request on to other people who might like to contribute.

Apologies if you've already received this request.




Neil Coombs


For inclusion in Patricide 02:

You are requested to record your observations of the world on a midsummer’s day, Thursday June 24th 2010. This could take the form of a photograph, a brief description of what you or the people around you are doing, a diary entry or any other observation of the world on this day. The observations sent in will be included in issue 02 of Patricide and observers will be acknowledged in print (if requested). Send observations to

Thank you.

P.S. For inspiration, here are two observations from the 1970s by the British artist - Ian Breakwell:

"Travelling in a taxi past London Zoo. Over the wall is a big cage, in the centre of which is a tree without leaves. Two men in boiler suits are crawling towards each other on their stomachs along the branches on either side of the tree."

"The woman in the blue trouser suit walks around the thickly carpeted Bond Street art gallery, inspecting the expensive prints on the wall. She ignores the small, long-haired dachschund which grips the bottom of her right trouser leg with its teeth. She drags the dog along the carpet as she moves from print to print."


An invitation to submit work for the first edition of patricide

Patricide is a new print journal devoted to documentary surrealism. If you like the Archive of Ephemera - you will understand.

All interested writers and artists are invited to submit work for publication in this new journal with a first edition to be published in the first half of 2010 as a limited edition A5 perfect bound book.

Work should engage with the interface between documentary practice and surrealism. Written work should be within the range of 1 to 1000 words, images may take any form suitable for reproduction in monochrome (drawing, photograph, print, collage etc.).

Please submit work with the author’s/artist's name, brief biography and contact details to the following address.

Please could you pass this invitation on to any interested artists, writers or groups? No payment will be made for contributions but the copyright will remain with the author who will be clearly credited (unless anonymity is requested).

Thank you

Word Processors

'Word processors' are like speech typewriters. From an O.U. textbook. UK (1980)

Telephone Doodle

New Year fone doodle. UK (2009)

L'ami Américain

Wim Wenders' 'American Friend'. Card from the series 'Les Fiches de Monsieur Cinéma'. France (circa 1977)

Patti Smith

Publicity photograph for Patti Smith. UK (1978)


Insert from the cassette tape release of New Order's Low-Life album (Fact 100c). Silver and black ink on tracing paper. UK (1985)

Soviet Santa

Cold War Christmas Card. USSR (1988)