I am very excited to announce that I will be launching a year long publication project called 12 ‘Zines (overview below). This project has already received support from the Knight Foundation in the form of a matching grant and there is an Indiegogo campaign currently running. You can follow the progress on the new 12 ‘Zines's blog.
12 ‘Zines is a series of independently produced publications that examine objects, ephemera, and cultural and geographic sites from Detroit’s (and America’s) past that have been contested, valued, under-valued, ignored, destroyed or disfigured, but linger in some tangible form in the present. Working with young creatives in Detroit, as well as elders who are connected to these histories, my collaborators and I will collect information on these seemingly minute and often banal subjects, and track physical, cultural, and psychological feeds to a greater historical context. Each month for one year, our findings will be compiled into a hand-bound ‘zine. Production begins in october, issue 1 will be available by late January. These publications will be widely distributed locally, and selectively distributed nationally and internationally.
ISSUE ONE (in progress):
31900 Gratiot: A ‘zine, which, using found object collections, archive photographs and research material, as well as recent photo documentation traces the Gratiot Drive-In through its conception in 1948, to Robert Frank’s famous photograph, “Drive-In Movie, Detroit” and finally reaching its current state as a strip mall parking lot. “31900 Gratiot” the publication will feature quotes from interviews with Roseville and Detroit residents on their memories of the Drive-In.
Your support of this project is greatly appreciated! I am raising funds for camera equipment, fine paper procurement, and both printing & intermedia production costs. Each ‘zine will be produced using a range of printing techniques including letterpress, mimeograph, archival inkjet, silkscreen, risograph, and 4-color offset - in addition the publications will be sewn and bound by hand. Every copy will include a limited edition piece of ephemera. I am also in the process of setting up a multi-platform darkroom at Salt & Cedar, to allow the editors to develop film, print from negatives, and experiment with emerging technologies. These funds will, in addition, support ‘zine release events (with readings, presentations, etc), travel expenses, as well as collaborator fees and commissioned work expenses.