Zine, mixed media
What is a zine? It is only what it is, and was at point of printing and bears no potential to change or evolve. We may have even changed our minds by now. You could be reading dead ideas, decomposing on paper. Unsightly clutter on your coffee table. Dust-collecting, mite-attracting bundle of decay.
There was a time when this scruffy codex format was the unquestionable location of information. Fanzines were a way for passionate music fans to distribute fresh, personal, gloriously biased journalism, untainted by the demands of the commercial world. A very romantic idea. A very endearing object. But we cannot indulge in a guilt-free enjoyment of these objects anymore.
There is a more practical format. A more democratic format. A format which reaches the retinas of the reader in an instant, and doesn’t suffer the time-and-money-guzzling of the printed press.
For heaven’s sake, why not just start a blog?
WE ARE A RELIC.
WE ARE A DEAD FORMAT.
THIS IS BLACK JOURNALISM.
Harriet Bevan is a musician, artist and gig promoter based in London and Leeds.