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Apr 13 2006 10:48
London Zine Symposium 2006

LONDON ZINE SYMPOSIUM 2006

April 22nd – 12pm-6pm

The Square Social Centre – 21 Russell Square

Nearest tube Russell Square

Join us for the second annual London Zine Symposium. A day of zines, DIY attitudes, creativity and fun.

The London Zine Symposium will be happening on April 22nd from 12pm-6pm. Featuring a jam packed program with distros, zine making, radical tours, craft teach-ins, discussions on the impact of the internet and zines, films, and exhibition and loads more including a vegan cafe and cake. More details can be found at http://www.londonzinesymposium.org.uk.

DISTROs

56a Infoshop, Active Distribution, All That Glitters, Glass Shore Press, Dead Trees and Dye, Donkey Head/ Cooper's Market, Gasp!, Failed Rockstar, Last Hours, Morgenmuffel, Paper Tiger, Phantom Skater Records, Pogo Cafe, ricochet ricochet, Slendermeans, Synthesis, Typocrat and the Square infoshop.

WORKSHOPS

Radical Bloomsbury (3.00pm – Square entrance) – Come with us as we take an hour long stroll round the secret and infamous history that fills up the space around The Square squatted social centre. We will meet suffragettes, Gordon Rioters, squatter activists from 1945, 1970 and 2005, olden days anarchists, radical sandwich delivery men, early feminists, Ranters plus point out the secret tunnels of the area. We wont stray far but we will let history loose. Bring your own tales from your own exploits or stuff you know about. In this way we will share what we have created towards the future..

Adventures in Menstruation (2pm – Basement) - An event open to both menstruators and non-menstruators, this is a performance, open mic lecture hosted by Chella from Chart Your Cycle and Adventures in Menstruating.

Feminist health (12pm – Basement) – Radical health open to everyone who's interested

DIY Extravaganza (12pm – Fish Room) – Rich Phoenix (Sweet Shop Synidicate), Rob Phoenix (Failed Rockstar) and Chronic Fatigue (Glass Shore Press) will be doing a workshop on screenprinting, book binding and zine production.

Time to get crafty (1pm – Garden) - Knitting and craftmaking are integral to DIY culture, and this is a good introduction to how it all works.

Where are you going? (All day – cafe room) - Zine making workshop under the auspices of the them 'Where are you going?'. People are invited to contribute to the publication during the day, which will then be printed and distributed.

DISCUSSIONS

Do zines and the internet mix? (4pm – Basement) - Discussion on internet zines, and how the DIY community interacts with the internet, especially as the once non-commercial, non-hierachical space becomes colonised by large multi-national companies such as Rupert Murdoch's recent aquisition of MySpace.

DIY distribution (1pm – Cafe room) - This is a follow up to a discussion that occured in 2005's Zine Symposium. Rather than a 'how to' as last year's was billed we aim for this to be a look at how we can develope the dream of distributing zines entirely through trades and other DIY channels, whether this is possible, or even desirable.

OTHER FUN (5pm – Garden)

Music and zine readings to finish up the day – if you want to read from your zine get in touch with chris56a(at)yahoo.co.uk

Band: Butchers Boy (two piece lo-fi honeys doing bass guitar sturm and drang with quiet bits);

RachelAPP (more lo-fi angled punk rock songs with attitude)

Grip Right Swing Right (Quiet or loud depending on their level of madness and sunglasses)

Peeps! Ignore these band descriptions..what can you say about what is a live experience...check em out!

Readers Kitty Chronic (Chronicles Of A Cheating Heart); Yair Wallach (Jerusalem Mink) more to be announced ASAP

FILMS

$100 and a T-Shirt (4pm – Fish Room) – This proved so popular last year it seemed foolish not to show it again. For those who haven't watched it is a cultural analysis of what causes zine makers to tick; what the hell zines are, why people make zines, the origins of zines, the resources and community avaiable for zine makers and the future of zines. Interviews w/ about 70 zine makers, ex-zine makers, and readers from NW USA. Created by Phil Sano, Nikey Robo, and Joe Biel. Music by J Church and Defiance, OH! (83 mins)

Punk:Attitude (1pm – Fish Room) – Directed by Don Letts, arguably the man who bought reggae and punk so close together, this is an essential retrospective on the early years of punk from New York Dolls, MC5 through to Bad Brains and Fugazi.

EXHIBITIONS

Upon the Illustration of Everyday life - This year's exhibition is to focus on artwork and illustration that has been used within fanzines to illuminate and decorate interviews, articles and reviews. Ranging from band portraits through to esoteric doodles conveying the passion of music. The exhibition will be running from April 20th through to the day of the Zine Symposium on the 22nd April.

Punk Rock Census – Last Hours fanzine is currently running a punk rock census, the results of which will be graphically interpreted and displayed during the exhibition. For more information visit www.lasthours.org.uk/census.php

OTHER STUFF

Mix tape trade box (All day – individual zine table) – make a tape with your favourite tracks and trade it for someone else's. You might get something amazing that you had never heard of before or something that you hate but then that's half the fun.

Vegan cake – no need to elaborate!

Cafe – There'll be healthy, vegan food available throughout the day. There will also be tea, coffee available too.

http://www.londonzinesymposium.org.uk

Thora
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Apr 13 2006 12:03
sinisterdexter wrote:

WORKSHOPS

Radical Bloomsbury (3.00pm – Square entrance) – Come with us as we take an hour long stroll round the secret and infamous history that fills up the space around The Square squatted social centre. We will meet suffragettes, Gordon Rioters, squatter activists from 1945, 1970 and 2005, olden days anarchists, radical sandwich delivery men, early feminists, Ranters plus point out the secret tunnels of the area. We wont stray far but we will let history loose. Bring your own tales from your own exploits or stuff you know about. In this way we will share what we have created towards the future..

This looks really interesting, wish I could be there.

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Jacques Roux
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Apr 13 2006 19:25

What is DIY culture? Like as a definition...

sinisterdexter
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Apr 14 2006 23:19

I found what's below on Wikipedia... as a broad definition it seems to work, though I personally feel DIY culture first appeared in early '80s American hardcore (with bands like Black Flag touring the States) and grew with zines like Maximum Rock n Roll, and their DIY companion Book Your Own Fucking Life. This then - thanks to Crass, Conflict et al. and later Chumbawumba and the Levellers - was bought over to the UK where it developed slightly more political and anarcho in nature (though not that far - it can still quite easily be slagged off as lifestylist by those who want to). It then spent the 90s bouncing back and forwards around the world with things like Ladyfest, RTS etc. etc.

Anyways wikipedia definition:

DIY (or Do It Yourself) culture is a broad term used to refer to a wide range of grassroots political activism. DIY culture became something of a recognised movement in the 1990s in the UK where the protest (the direct action) and party (the festival) converged. This development constituted a significant cross-pollination of pleasure and politics resembling the anti-disciplinary politics of the 1960s. During the 1990s, this culture also grew in Australia, where it was sometimes referred to as "FreeNRG" culture, demonstrating the desire for an economy of mutual aid and co-operation, the commitment to the non-commodification of art, the appropriation of digital and communication technologies for free community purposes, and the commitment to alternative technologies such as biodiesel. From 1991-1997 the Conservative government cracked down on squatting, animal rights activists, greens, travellers, as well as the culture of raves, parties and dance culture. Some commentators have criticised DIY culture as a form of laissez-faire libertarianism only available to those who already have access to resources and leisure in this society.

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Apr 22 2006 14:57

this is on today - just been down - around 300 - 400 people at it.. worth checking out if ppl are in the nieghboor hood