NEW PUBLICATION ~ Acoustic Thought ~ Snejanka Mihaylova ~ edited with and designed by Philip Baber ~ published by If I Can’t Dance in collaboration with The Last Books

It is with great pleasure that If I Can’t Dance announces the publication of Acoustic Thought, a new book by the artist Snejanka Mihaylova, edited with and designed by Philip Baber, and published by If I Can’t Dance in collaboration with The Last Books.

Acoustic Thought is a poetic exegesis of the Gospel of Thomas: an apocryphal gospel found at Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt in 1945, containing 114 sayings of Jesus. According to Mihaylova, the Gospel of Thomas "is a poem that listens, where the written is not simply the record of a voice but a radically different dimension of cognition that emerges as an acoustic realm in the formation of thoughts."

The book includes new texts written by Snejanka Mihaylova, ‘A Score for Six Voices’ by Lisa Holmqvist, and is illustrated with photographs by Jeff Weber made during a research period at the project space Beirut, Cairo. The English manuscript was first edited by Joe Kelleher. The work was commissioned by If I Can’t Dance as part of Edition V – Appropriation and Dedication (2013–2014).

The book retails for EUR 20,– and can be purchased via

Acoustic Thought
By Snejanka Mihaylova
Edited with and designed by Philip Baber
Distribution by Idea Books in selected bookshops worldwide
Published by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution in collaboration with The Last Books, 2015
ISBN 978-94-92139-05-4



3 October – 20 December 2015
Acoustic Thought
Snejanka Mihaylova
REDCAT, Los Angeles 

As part of the group exhibition Hotel Theory, curated by Sohrab Mohebbi in collaboration with Ruth Estévez, Snejanka Mihaylova is presenting her new book Acoustic Thought, which was published by If I Can’t Dance with The Last Books, alongside other titles by her. Snejanka Mihaylova will also present a new performance, A Prayer, in collaboration with Lisa Holmqvist on 7 November 2015 at 2pm.

Hotel Theory sees the gallery at REDCAT becomes a platform for performances, screenings, concerts, philosophical meditations, conversations and other events throughout the three-month exhibition, which explores the possibilities of theory as an art form. Over twenty artists are participating with performances or performance documentation and video, audio, photographs, posters or other related ephemera that contextualize the time-based events. Borrowing its title from Wayne Koestenbaum’s book of the same name, the exhibition and series of events feature a wide range of artistic disciplines, practices and points of departure to question how art spaces contribute to theoretical debates. Read more about the exhibition on the REDCAT website.