Documenting the Present, Barnard Pre-College class with Sara Marcus


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  • Artists and writers have always used their work to document experiences. Writers document with stories, letters, poetry, travelogues, ‘zines, and journals. A visual artist may document with drawings, scrapbooks, etc. In this course we will explore memory. We will look at the works of visual artists, talk about book making, read fiction and memoir. Students will be immersed in daily writing exercises. We will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the ‘zine archive at Barnard. Students will make a book for their final project. 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, Barnard Pre-College class with Sara Marcus

    1. 1. Barnard Pre-College ProgramDocumenting the Present: the Art of Attention Professor Sara Marcus Librarian Jenna Freedman June 27, 2012
    2. 2. craft in zinesChoose a zine, report back on one or more of these questions:● Why did the artist/writer choose this medium? How does its communication style differ from online media?● How do the visual elements or style support or contradict the text?● What does the zine reveal--whether directly or indirectly--about its makers life and the world and times she lives in?
    3. 3. introduction to zines● Definition● History● Types
    4. 4. the peoples medium● Who makes zines?● Why do they do it?
    5. 5. library stuff● Zines website● Using CLIO to find zines● Be our friend on Facebook, Flickr, LiveJournal, or MySpace. Follow the library on Twitter.● Contact Jenna Freedman, 212.854.4615, IM: BarnardLibJenna