[spectre] New podcast: Teal Triggs talks about the historical background of zines and in particular in the Riot Grrrl movement

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Tue May 28 12:45:10 CEST 2019

*In this podcast, Teal Triggs
<https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/teal-triggs-main/capsula> talks about the
historical background of zines and their key role in generating communities
outside of the mainstream, from community newsletters to dada publications
by way of science-fiction, 1950s rock and roll, and activist zines. Triggs
also looks at the relationship between technology and aesthetics,
and discusses the Riot Grrrl movement and the language and visual universe
that opened up as a result of the cross between music, DIY, activisim,
femininity, and feminism in the self-publishing world. We consider as well
the displacements, amplifications, and resignifications of zines as a
result of the arrival of the internet and of collectionism, of their
inclusion in archives and libraries and/or their transformation into
artistic artefacts in the white cube.*

Link: https://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/teal-triggs-main/capsula

*This podcast is part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative
Europe programme of the European Union.Library music produced by Lucrecia
Dalt at Ina GRM (Paris). Interview and script by Maite Muñoz. Produced by
Anna Ramos.*

*Trained as a historian, curiosity about punk and participation in the Riot
Grrrl movement turned Teal Triggs into an avid fanzine collector. A
researcher and educator, she currently teaches graphic design at the Royal
College of Art, London, where she is Associate Dean in the School of
Communication. As the author of several books on fanzines and an
indefatigable communicator, she has become a touchstone in the study of
feminist self-publishing. Having acquired a vast knowledge of punk
publications, Teal Triggs witnessed and participated in the underground
feminist movement of the early nineties. Riot Grrrl emerged as a response
by groups of women who were close to the spirit of punk but did not feel
represented in the eminently male scene and decided to speak out and
organise their own spaces and networks. And they did so by adopting punk
modes of production while developing their own aesthetic and using zines as
a means of spreading the feminist revolution.*

*Timeline03:20 Historical precedents of the fanzine: community newsletters
vs artistic practices13:00 The Riot Grrrl zines: an alternative to the male
dominated punk scene, a movement and a revolution21:20 The Ladyfest
phenomenon22:58 Distribution methods: independent record stores, book
stores and internet.29:40 Preservation, institutions and online
repositories32:50 Zines in institutions. The role of librarians*

*43:43 Counterculture vs Subculture*


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