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Ctrl+P: The ARCHIZINES Collection

by Ivan Valin

Source: David Garcia Studio's MAP

Zines were supposed to have been doomed by the Internet, with deathblows from blogs and a final thrashing from tweets and tumblrs. But despite all the digital competition, the zine is resurgent. Actually, to talk of self-publication as the antithesis of online expression is absurd. Today's zines speak to a maturity of alternative discourse that involves the full range of media types. Architects and related designers are especially comfortable at the overlap of the physical and the digital — and they are expert self-promoters. The ARCHIZINES exhibit, organized by Elias Redstone, is a curatorial success in the worlds of architecture and self-publishing.

Source: "What About It?" on ARCHIZINES

Most of the publications in the collection have been created through entirely digital means, with lush imagery and sophisticated graphic design. Some are "stapled," and the "Xerox" technique is used for style rather than utility. They are articulate visions that have been refined through a global platform of social and professional networks and within local communities through lectures, shows and gatherings. Almost all have an online presence.

Source: "Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films" on purple DIARY

If you will be in Milan within the next month, you can see the ARCHIZINES LIVE exhibit at SpazioFMG. If not, check out the online exhibit, and get lost among the links to more than 60 journals, magazines and pamphlets from around the world. Find a large-format, foldout graphic essay on the architectural significance of quarantines or Antarctica in MAP (Manual of Architectural Possibilities) from Denmark. ANZA, from Tanzania, is focused on urbanism in the rapidly growing cities of East Africa. Some — like nu, PIDGIN, and KERB — extend the discourse from a particular university (The University of Coimbra, Princeton and RMIT, respectively). Some of the publications have caché (Volume is connected with Rem Koolhaas), purpose (to "set the agenda for architecture and design") and distribution that verges on mainstream. But the majority of the works speak on behalf of the marginalized, the invisible, the amateur and the individual. They simply challenge and entertain. The exhibit captures the legacy of the zine as it rapidly evolves in new directions.

Source: "Conditions" on purple DIARY

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