Wohnort ...................... Berlin (GER)
Bereich ........................ Medienkunst: Print
Empfehlende Institution RIAT – Research Institute for Arts & Technology
Zeitraum ....................... Dec 16
A collaboration with RIAT & LadyLibertyPress
During my stay at the MQ Residency, I aim to design the analog & digital foundations for a Public Open Source Zine Library in close collaboration with RIAT’s Open Publishing Lab as well as conduct applied interdisciplinary and alternative filing and cataloguing experiments through discussions, a workshop & artistic publications on printed matters.
From its origins in analog subcultures like Riot Grrrl, sixties avant-garde to eighties punk, the zine has undergone major cultural shifts, becoming a fixture in art institutions, university archives, and on the art-fair market as a genre and artistic format onto its own. From Ed Ruscha’s hefty artist books to the artist book subcultures surrounding the Risograph-printer, The research project: On Paper Trails collectively, theoretically, and practically seeks to uncover how ephemera has acted and still acts as an agent and carrier for political and artistic discourses. By examining utopian ideologies behind feminist zine-archives to experimental libraries, from printing to the distribution methods, I hope to research and lay the ground-work for a variety of questions, relating to printed matters.
During the course of my residency at the Institute for Research Art & Technology and MQ, I spent my time laying the theoretical and practical foundations for the OZL (Open Zine Library), a presence library dedicated to international and sub/cultural printed matters, specifically zines.
In strong collaboration with the Open Publishing Lab at RIAT, I researched the ethics that define zine-values in contrast to classical notions of the library and experimented with alternative ways of archiving through methods of display and events.
In addition to defining the codes, principles, and values under which the OZL will operate in the form of a manifesto, a workshop on how to DIY file zines and their code of ethics took place, entitled “File_Under: Zine-CORE”. A moderated open conversation on the “State of Zine in Wien” crystallized the vibrant and diverse zine communities world-wide (Link:https://cba.fro.at/331903) and there was a first soft opening of OPEN ZINE LIBRARY DAY which displayed and highlighted certain categories from the collection as well as a tape collection by an OZL donor from Transformer.
The outcome of these tests made apparent how nomadic, precarious and personal —but still, politically radical— these pieces of paper are and can be.
Even within shifting contexts and cultural narratives, they symbolize and activate free and creative thought and agency. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide caring, respectful places, moments, workshops, events to come together around these objects to foster thriving zine-communities. The OZL hopes to provide such a space of thought for the readers, technocrats, bibliophiles, activists, authors, artists, self-publishers and newbies who may happen upon it. This library is an event, authored by its people.