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Class taught by Sara Marcus. Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman ...

Class taught by Sara Marcus. Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman
What does it mean to write about ourselves—or not to write about ourselves? “I imagine,” Joan Didion writes, “that the notebook is about other people. But of course it is not. . . . My stake is always, of course, in the unmentioned girl in the plaid silk dress. Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point.” During our week together, we will document the world around us and, in so doing, create records of our personal experiences. We will read poems, essays, and fiction; we will listen to music, to noise, and to silence; we will visit museums and the Barnard zine archive; we will write every day. At the end of the week, students will make their own books, telling stories of their New York summer lives.

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  • What does it mean to write about ourselves—or not to write about ourselves? “I imagine,” Joan Didion writes, “that the notebook is about other people. But of course it is not. . . . My stake is always, of course, in the unmentioned girl in the plaid silk dress. Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point.” During our week together, we will document the world around us and, in so doing, create records of our personal experiences. We will read poems, essays, and fiction; we will listen to music, to noise, and to silence; we will visit museums and the Barnard zine archive; we will write every day. At the end of the week, students will make their own books, telling stories of their New York summer lives. 15 students
  • ART Additional means of communication Collage  chaos Cut & paste  free Juxtoposition, contrast FICTION VS. AUTOBIOG No one has to know what's true ( I Hear You Like Stories )
  • DEFINITION Self-published and the publisher doesn’t answer to anyone Small, self-distributed print run Motivated by desire to express oneself rather than to make money Outside the mainstream Low budget No need for any special equipment or knowledge Portable An expression of Do It Yourself (DIY) culture Foster a community among their creators and readers No ISSN, no barcode, no paid ads HISTORY 17 th century pamphlets in England: Women and the pamphlet culture of revolutionary England, 1640-1660 18 th century revolutionary US—Common Sense 20 th century science fiction and soviet dissidents, beat poets and punk rockers, riot grrrl, art books TYPES DISCUSS EXAMPLES , or show from catalog Personal, political, fanzine, literary zine, mamazine, art zine, comix, DIY zine, compilation zine, split zine
  • WHO—question and answer Young people: majority teens & early twenties Mothers of young children librarians! Writers and artists, bookmakers WHY—question and answer Proof I exist Communicate/share Create/contribute E.g. Kelly Shortandqueer—feels an obligation to his community (FTM transgender people) to document his experience FROM The Long Tail, Self-publishers are Differently motivated, not differently skilled Amateur does not equal amateurish Low selling does not equal low quality WHY Control Only choice
  • CLIO Show how to search for zines Zine? (bind? OR bound?) Zine? (biograph? OR diar? OR journal?) Look by title, browse by call #

Documenting the Present: the Art of Attention | Barnard Zine Library visit Documenting the Present: the Art of Attention | Barnard Zine Library visit Presentation Transcript

  • Barnard Pre-College ProgramDocumenting the Present: the Art of AttentionProfessor Sara MarcusLibrarian Jenna FreedmanJune 26, 2013
  • craft in zinesChoose a zine, report back on one or more ofthese questions:●Why did the artist/writer choose this medium?How does its communication style differ fromonline media?●How do the visual elements or style support orcontradict the text?●What does the zine reveal--whether directly orindirectly--about its makers life and the worldand times she lives in?
  • introduction to zines●Definition●History●Types
  • the peoples medium●Who makes zines?●Why do they do it?
  • library stuff●Zines website●Using CLIO to find zines●Be our friend onFacebook, Flickr,LiveJournal, or MySpace.Follow the library onTwitter.●Contact Jenna Freedmanzines@barnard.edu,212.854.4615, IM:BarnardLibJenna
  • library stuff●Zines website●Using CLIO to find zines●Be our friend onFacebook, Flickr,LiveJournal, or MySpace.Follow the library onTwitter.●Contact Jenna Freedmanzines@barnard.edu,212.854.4615, IM:BarnardLibJenna