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