Written and designed by Peter, Make ready is not a scholarly work. Part manifesto, part process journal, it gathers recollections and observations on the making of work and how we experience our often heavily mediated environment.
Beginning with Peter's training in analogue media, and how this shaped his working process, it includes some of the work that was highly influential for him early on. Print work from the beginning of his career includes Code magazine, the Dublin French Film Festival, and his work for the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, such as The bread and butter stone. The process of their coming into being is written about and illustrated. The text then moves through his work with more complex productions for the Douglas Hyde Gallery and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, and to many long-term collaborations, particularly with visual artists. Film, installation and sculptural works by Gall are discussed, as are many of his recorded music projects.
Throughout the book are interludes with observations on the development of photographic images and printing processes; recording made through photographs, video & film, and sound; and on drumming and music-making. Through these, much of the underlying strategic thought in his approach is revealed.
Peter regards all of his work as a joint-venture, and a cast of regular collaborators emerges.
Despite reproducing images of many books by, or containing works by others, the subject of Make Ready is the methodology in the making of work, and ways that are found to communicate ideas. For this reason all the reproductions are at a remove - rather than full-colour, the book is illustrated throughout in tritones.
The book is printed by Marcel Meesters, with whom Peter has collaborated for many years. Marcel will speak on a panel during OFFSET, and will give a talk at the Library Project, prior to the Make Ready book launch at the Library Project on Thursday 5 March.