We are an independent, not-for-profit publishing organisation which produces the
Nervemeter magazine. It comes out approximately once per quarter depending on
fundraising efforts and donations. All content and design work is done for free.
The Nervemeter is sold on the streets by beggars, hostel dwellers and homeless
people, primarily in London.
We do not ask our vendors to purchase Nervemeter. We give the magazines out in
batches for free and we don't ask for anything back once they have been sold.
All money stays with the vendor.
We carry no advertising. We choose not to compromise the content of the magazine
with it. We have produced six issues of the Nervemeter so far, each with a
particular theme. The latest edition attempts to tackle the question of addiction
- something we have noticed seems to affect almost all our vendors. Previous issues
have looked at our global system of capital and debt; vagrancy and begging and
their history of exclusion and denial; mental health and the industry which it
supports; the London 2012 Olympic games; and alternative methods of employment.
The magazine is composed of contributions from a growing collective of artists and
writers. The visual component of Nervemeter is overseen by Kieron Livingstone,
a fine art and ephemera specialist. The arrangement and selection of texts is
handled by Ian Allison, a bibliophile. They co-founded the Nervemeter in 2011.
Since then, Nervemeter has been included in several art shows, including an
exhibition in Poland which saw a print run translated into Polish and distributed
by beggars in the city of Wroclaw. The size of print runs has steadily increased
and the magazine itself has got bigger. Our first issue was under 1000 copies:
the latest issue is 64 pages and a run of 7500 copies. To pay for the last issue
we raised close to £3000, thanks to a benefit event featuring Fat White Family.
In addition to organising fundraising events, we are dependent on help from our 
readers in order to keep growing and publishing. We would like to print 10,000
copies of the next issue. We would also like to publish more issues per year,
and in the future have a plan to buy some printing equipment. You can help us
by making a donation below, or by getting behind the magazine and getting
involved its collective aim - to provide a subsidiary source of income for
some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Thanks

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Issue 6
The latest edition of the Nervemeter considers the problem of addiction. Composed
entirely of quotations, it includes a wide range of sources, from the likes of
Aleister Crowley to nineteenth century exerts from the temperance movement, through
to recent work on pharmacology and theories about addiction within the biosciences 08/07/2014

Issue 5
The wealth issue includes poetry, fiction, quotation and screaming Satanic invective in an 
attempt to arraign capitalism, greed and inequality. You don't have to be sad to be militant, 
even though the thing you are fighting is abominable. Features a two-page 'Rent Strike' poster
and namechecks such bastions of corporate morality as Foxtons, Equitable Life and UBS.

Issue 4 

The vagrancy issue provides an assortment of views of this complex problem. Composed in part of
quotations, it considers the history of the law surrounding vagrancy and progresses towards   
a modern urban context. This issue also features articles by academics working in the field of 
criminality and social exclusion.

24/05/13 
Issue 3
Issue 3 

The madness issue carries an interview with Antonin Artaud and overviews the work of SPK, 
Thomas Szasz and Terrence McKenna. An essay on art and insanity examines Goya,
Van Gogh and Artaud in the context of Michel Foucault's history of psychiatry. 
 
24/12/12 
issue 2
Issue 2 

The London 2012 Olympics issue includes a comparison of the 2012 Olympic mega-event with 
the London riots of a year earlier; predictions about the future of disabled sport and the 
cyborgification of competitors; an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle chart; an interview with a 
Muslim fanatic.

10/08/12 
issue 1
Issue 1 

This is the first printed issue. Here we explore 'alternative' employment
& money making schemes for those who may have had their benefits cut, including: prostitution, drug dealing, money laundering & begging. Also features an interview with a criminally insane stalker. 20/02/11
Special Issue/Polish

The first issue of Nervemeter was translated into Polish and sold by poor and homeless people on 
the streets of Wroclaw.

01/05/12

 

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