Anarchists, Canberra, Plastic Knife, Other Worlds

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Next Saturday is the first ever Sydney Anarchist Book Fair! A lot of people have put a lot of work into this and we’re really pleased to have a stall. It’s at the Addison Rd Community Centre. We probably won’t make it to the after party at the Rat, cuz we have to be up bright and early to catch the bus to this:

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The second annual Canberra Zine Emporium!

If we were in Canberra for the Saturday we’d also go along to this, which looks ace:

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Those Canberran zine folks sure do know what they’re up to.

In other zine related news, this time Melbourne based:

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Tune into 3CR this Saturday (i.e. TOMORROW) at 6pm to hear the inimitable Plastic Knife play live to air! You can also book them to play in your kitchen, for their 2014 Kitchen Tour of Melbourne!

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Now back to Sydney. Last update we wrote a bit about deciding not to go to the MCA zine fair this year because of the MCA’s relationship with Transfield, a company that runs services in the offshore refugee ‘processing centres’ on Manus and Nauru.

Well, it turned out that we aren’t the only ones concerned about the MCA and Transfield. A few of us have decided to organise an alternative fair. Other Worlds will be held on the same day as the MCA fair, 25 March 2014, at the Brand X Event Space, Level 3/28 Broadway, Chippendale. We’ve put a call out on Facebook that has already garnered a lot of support: here it is for those of you who don’t do the Facebook:

Dear zinesters and zine fans,

We’re organising an alternative to the MCA zine fair and want you to be involved!

The MCA is sponsored* by Transfield, a corporation that operates service contracts in the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Transfield derives brand value through its association with the arts, and it derives considerable profit from the extra-judicial incarceration of asylum seekers. By participating in events that are sponsored by Transfield we add value to their brand. We, a small group of zine makers from Sydney, inspired by the current campaign to boycott the Sydney Biennale over its relationship with Transfield, have decided to boycott the MCA zine fair in 2014. We do not want our zines to add value to a corporation that profits from the Australian government’s indefensible treatment of asylum seekers.

Instead, we want to hold our own zine fair: the Other Worlds Zine Fair.

Other Worlds will be held on the same day as the MCA fair, 25 May 2014.

An alternative fair will give zinesters an opportunity to show their protest while still enabling them to sell and swap their zines. We want to demonstrate that we can make our own event, on our own terms: ones that explicitly reject association with the detention industry.

We also hope to create a space in which to initiate discussions and raise awareness of how the system of mandatory detention manifests in our everyday lives: how we are implicated in it, how else we can resist it, and how we can end it.

An alternative to the MCA zine fair may seem like a small protest, but it’s a specific protest that we can make as zine makers, in solidarity with asylum seekers who protest against and resist mandatory detention from within the camps.

So, register your interest in booking a table!
Half table: $5/Full table: $10 (tables are 1.8 metres long)
Email otherworldszinefair(at)gmail.com by March 25

Hon, Emma, Tim and Meg

Stay tuned for more updates!

* A few notes on ‘sponsorship':

In a pay-walled article on ArtsHub, MCA corrected us on the use of the word ‘sponsorship’ to describe their relationship with Transfield, stating instead that Transfield are a ‘Corporate Member’.

‘Corporate members’ are listed on the ‘Sponsorship’ page of the MCA website.

Transfield are listed on page 60 of the MCA 2012 annual report in the section for ‘Sponsorship, Donations, Marketing and Public Relations’, as a ‘Corporate Member’.

The MCA are listed on the ‘Community Involvement – Sponsorships’ page of the Transfield website: ‘Transfield Holdings has been a corporate sponsor of the Museum of Contemporary Art since 2004.’ (accessed 14/3/14. 22:40, emphasis mine).

The word ‘sponsorship’ seems to have a slippery definition, depending on when, how and by whom it is used. Clearly Transfield consider their corporate membership to be a variety of sponsorship. Whatever the case, MCA and Transfield have a brand relationship. As the MCA website outlines, Corporate Membership provides an opportunity to:

‘[a]lign with Australia’s leading contemporary arts brand and an exciting range of collections’ and ‘[d]evelop and enhance relationships with key clients and stakeholders.’

Cheers,

Emma

Tidy up, new zines forthcoming and why we’re not going to the MCA zine fair

We have A LOT of new stock to add to the catalogue, so in preparation I’ve just done a quick tidy up of the site.

Back in stock we have:

  • Taking Things Too Far (consistently the most popular thing on our table at zine fairs, with good reason)
  • Well, That Was Weird (Tamara’s ace collection of short, short stories)
  • Underground Fairylands (Emma’s laborious/elaborate letterpress/collage found poetry thing/zine)

And COMING SOOOON:

  • Many issues of Plastic Knife, including the latest, which is an album
  • Many issues of Piss Factory, including the latest, which is not an album but is (as always) about music
  • Three issues of Cheap Toys
  • Two issues of Love Like Pop
  • The Dream of Maxen

Thanks to everyone who came and visited us at our last open day at Junior Gazette. The day was a great success and we’ll be planning more open days this year, keep your eyes peeled. We took some photos of the space as it was set up, including Syd Terminal’s collages that were on display, so when we get around to it we’ll put them up.

Thanks also to Luke, Thomas and everyone in Melbourne who helped put on and who attended the Festival of the Photocopier at the beginning of the month! It was an extremely hot weekend in Melbourne – fortunately zines are really cool, right? Haw haw. Anyway, we were really pleased that we could finally make it down for the Fest. Can’t wait for next year.

On a more serious note before I sign off, you may have heard that the MCA has done the call-out for their zine fair this year at the end of May. Take Care has decided not to participate in this year’s fair, due to sponsorship connections the MCA has with a finance conglomerate called Transfield.  Transfield run the service contracts in the detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. Some of you may be aware that there is currently a campaign underway to boycott the upcoming Sydney Biennale due to its ties with Transfield. We support this boycott and calls for organisations and individuals to disvest their financial interests with Transfield and any other company that profits from the human misery – and murder – produced by the conditions in the camps. As such, we feel that we can’t be involved with the MCA fair this year, either, unless they suddenly cease to have a relationship with Transfield. That would only happen if we make some noise about it. So we encourage others to read up on this issue, and to join us in a boycott. The Crossborder Operational Matters site has a lot of valuable information on it about Transfield’s relationship with the arts. The RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees) site has a statement on the Biennale boycott.

x Emma

Tomorrow at Junior Gazette

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Just a reminder that all the zines in the Take Care catalogue will be available to buy sans postage tomorrow at Junior Gazette. That’s Level 1, 91 Railway Pde Marrickville, between 12 and 5 pm. There will also be collages by Syd Terminal on display to accompany his new zine, The Dream of Maxen, which is being launched.

Also, we’ve recently acquired back issues of the wonderful Plastic Knife, Cheap Toys and Sex Industry Apologist, and they’ll be available to buy tomorrow before we put them all online. Hope some of you reading this can make it!

2014 mini calendar

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We’ve finished assembling our 2014 mini calendars, which we’ve made this year in lieu of a newsletter. The calendar pages were printed on the Sleepless Nights Press, Tim’s Adana 8×5 letterpress, and the covers were made by Emma with the aid of her trusty Gocco. They’re designed to slip into pockets, wallets, purses or to stick on your fridge, and are free with orders. And yes we know you’ve got a smart phone or whatever that already tells you the days of the week, month and what colour socks you’re wearing, but we’re a zine distro, we like physical objects. As the title of one great old zine would have it, Luddite Shall Inherit!

Zine open day at Junior Gazette – Saturday 25 January

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Come visit us at our studio and buy all the zines you want – minus the postage!

Details of our first zine open day for 2014:

  • Saturday 25 January
  • from 12-5pm
  • at Junior Gazette, Level 1, 91 Railway Parade, Marrickville

(Accessibility: Junior Gazette is up a split level flight of stairs and has no lift.)

We hope you can make it! We’ll add some photos of our space when it’s set up for zine action closer to the date.

 

Emotional Overexposure + Folklore CD

 

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We’ve just added a new zine by Emma Markala, author of zines such as The Department of Forgiving, Shiny Prairie and Tower of Journal. As with those zines, it contains Emma’s choppy collages and poetry.

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We have also finally updated the details for Folklore, a CD-R by Syd Terminal (Hole in the Ground, A Walk Around Pendle Hill etc) so that you can now actually buy it! Sorry it took so long, Syd.

Of course, we haven’t given you enough time to order these for Christmas, but we hope you have a good one anyway, and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over this year, particularly to everyone whose zines we’ve stocked and everyone who’s ordered from us. This year has been a very productive one for Take Care, in terms of mail-order: over the years (ha! we can actually say that now, pretty good, hey?) we’ve gone from having very sporadic mail-order sales and having to rely on attending lots of zine fairs to sell zines, to having a pretty reliable, steady, weekly flow of mail-order sales. Which is great, because that’s what we really wanted the focus of the distro to be: a mail-order zine service. It feels very cool to have achieved this. So, thanks again!

So, January 1 2014 will be our official 4th anniversary. In previous years we’ve made a newsletter to mark this occasion (the 2013 newsletter was pretty delayed and didn’t come out till March) but this year we’ve printed a mini pocket calendar on Tim’s Adana letterpress, which will be sent out in lieu of a newsletter. We have a lot of cutting and trimming to do to get in out in time for January, but stay tuned for progress.