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MCA Zine Fair

Kinokuniya Zine Fair

The zine fair season is definitely picking up in Sydney with Kinokuniya starting off with its zine fair a couple of weeks ago. The MCA’s zine fair is on today  in collaboration with the Writer’s Festival happening around the same time. I will be lurking around the MCA and issue 3 of Sharp and Pointy will be on sale thanks to Pirochan. Let me know what you think of the next issue if you do buy one!

Kinokuniya Zine Fair


Sunday 25 May 11.00am-6.00pm

MCA in collaboration with the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics (UNSW) presents speakers, bands and a
zine fair in the Foundation Hall. Visitors will be able to sell, buy or swap zines, listen to live bands and enjoy free guided tours of the exhibitions.

ALIENS AMONG US 12.30 – 1.30pm
Craig Schuftan of Triple J’s The Culture Club examines the rock star as outsider, and considers how loneliness, alienation, childhood illness and dungeons and dragons have shaped the life and art of Morrissey, Guns n Roses, Weezer and My Chemical Romance, and why Dostoyevsky and Proust are as important to the history of Rock as The Rolling Stones.

CREATIVE DISSENT 2.00 – 3.30pm
77% of Australians are racist, but a fair few of them listened, danced to and sang along with The Herd’s hit ‘77%’. Creative Dissent looks at the way in which artistic communities – satirists, bloggers, musicians and performers – challenge the status quo. It asks: Can a hip hop track, blog post or joke change the world for the better, or are they just more info-tainment adding to our collective media-overload?

Featuring Ozi Batla (The Herd), Antony Loewenstein, Charles Firth, Alecia Simmonds and Amy Corderoy. Click here for speaker bios.

ANDREA BOWERS 3.45 – 4.30pm
Elaborating on the art and activism themes of Southern Exposure, exhibiting artist Andrea Bowers discusses the political aspects of her work and oppositional themes.

LIVE MUSIC: CIRCLE 5.00 – 6.00pm
Sydney band, Circle, will be launching their new album “Just Keep Swimming” at the end of the day – so please stick around to enjoy the live music! Also featuring music from Creative Vibes all day: www.cvibes.com

A free zine program guide designed by artist Keg de Souza will be available at the MCA from 9 May

Craft, zines and craft zine

Sharp and Pointy

A zine (an abbreviation of the word fanzine, or magazine; pronounced [ziːn], “zeen”) is most commonly a small circulation, non-commercial publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier on a variety of colored paper stock.

In recent years a number of photocopied zines have risen to prominence or professional status and have found wide bookstore and online distribution. Highly notable among these are Giant Robot, Dazed & Confused, Bust, Fever Zine and Maximum RocknRoll.

As a sidenote I would have loved to get my hand on Bust in its early incarnation as a zine. I remembered the first time I picked up a copy of the magazine and  the first thing I thought was, “wow, this is completely me”.

Pictured above are the latest issue of Sharp and Pointy – issue two as sold during TINA. Thanks so much to the lovely Pirochan for printing and selling it, as well as general hassling in getting another issue out of me. To those who bought a copy, thank you! Issue three will be out by April 2009 hopefully, drop me a comment if you would like to contribute. I am playing with the idea of selling it on etsy as well.

Not sure about anyone else, but to me the process of making a zine is a one hell of a mental relief. It helps to group together fragmented bits of information and threads of conversation that can not exist in any other form. At the same time, once it’s done I tend to try and divorce myself from it straight away, which is probably not the best thing to do with the end result.

I planned on blogging about crafts and other random bits, but I am too tired to write anything coherently. If you are into knitting and maybe if you are not aware, the Knitting and Stitching Show’s final day is tomorrow. To everyone else starting Monday the 13th happy national knitting and chocolate week! The two events just happened to coincide on the same week of my birthday strangely enough. I guess the universe gets it right sometimes.

The zinefest that never was

Moo and Zines

I was supposed to be at the Manchester zinesfest last Saturday, but through a bizarre combination of natural disasters and plane trouble I ended up spending five hours in the airport and arriving twenty minutes before closing time.

Very disappointed, not to mention cranky as hell and there’s no way in hell I’ll ever go to Manchester on a plane. It felt rather surreal having to catch a plane for somewhere I would usually drive, but it was th cheapest option compared to trains and driving was a little too chancy as I am more than capable of getting lost in a cardboad box.

I did pick up a few interesting zines, Leisure Centre being one of my favourite among others. On the upside I now have stuff for TINA and I finally have moo cards too.

Moo and Zines