flip7.jpgOooh! This is cool. I just got an email for an opening tonight of The International Flip Book Festival at Secret Project Robot. The show is presented by Little Cakes, a small East Village gallery in the front of artists Hanna Fushihara Aron and David Aron's ground floor apartment. The show is up from January 18th to February 11th, 2007 and is at SECRET PROJECT ROBOT, 210 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211. And the opening is Thursday, January 18th from 7 to 10pm.

Artist Andrew Jeffrey Wright, a member of Space 1026 in Philadelphia, started The International Flip Book Festival four years ago as a film festival without the film. The flipbooks are submitted into one of four categories: Live Action, Animation, Experimental, and Documentary. Like a traditional film festival, The International Flipbook Festival will be awarding prizes in each category at the opening reception. Go check it out. They're also going to serve sweet treats like cupcakes!

A full list of participating artists after the jump!

Continue Reading Flip Book Festival!

We Are Kasino

01/17/07

kasino2.jpgI ventured out in the freezing weather last night looking for something to look at. I was bored, I guess, and that rarely happens. I walked around Union Square but it was too cold to really see anything except my breath and my hair blowing in front of my eyes. I read magazines in Barnes and Noble for a while but sometimes being in there gives me the creeps and I didn't feel like having a Starbucks coffee and gross muffin. So I wandered over to Union Square Magazine Shop hoping to find some weird little mag tucked between the bigger ones. Big New York newsstands are good for that kind of thing—well-stocked and disorganized enough to harbor hidden treasures. And this time was no different. I left with a slim volume of Kasino A4, a black and white Finnish fashion/art rag with a nice purple cover. This issue also has a middle section printed in blue and white. It looks like it was made with a ditto machine. I've always wanted one of those. And this magazine kind of smells like that mimeograph smell. I love that. I'd say this is the best smelling magazine I've bought this month.

On the cover it says simply "Time to change." The unifying message of this issue seems to be slow down, take a good look around—at yourself, your home, your people, etc. I suppose that is appropriate for a Winter issue. Throughout the issue there is documentation of the mag's editors showing up at the apartments of artists they're profiling and cooking a meal with whatever that artist has in their kitchen while doing an informal interview. I love this too.

Their new issue is sold out from the site, but look for it at cool shops and newsstands. You can get back issues and posters and t-shirts from their site though.

Art book publishing giant Taschen is having a bicoastal warehouse sale this weekend and I am so there. In New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Köln from Thursday, January 18th to Sunday, January 20th. Details for the city near you are here. I'll be going to the New York one on Friday and will let you know what I get. If anyone else goes, let us know about your, heh, booty.

burr.JPGCool! A rare print of William S. Burroughs' Letter from a Master Addict of Dangerous Drugs originally published in the British Journal of Addiction in 1957 now for sale on ebay. Check it out. [via boingboing]

encyc.jpgThe Encyclopedia Project is a 5-volume hardcover book project, an encyclopedia of fiction and fictional forms. The first volume, Encyclopedia Vol 1 A-E, came out earlier this year and is 336 cross-referenced and indexed pages of writing, photographs, lists, video stills and drawings by 114 writers and artists. It’s cool. When I first heard about this project I had a hard time imagining how it was going to work. I missed the launch party but I got a copy of the book and asked one of its editors some questions. Oh and ps, I can’t type encyclopedia without doing that little song you learn in school to remember how to spell it. Anyway, here we go:

Tell me about the origin of the idea for encyclopedia. Where did you start?

It all started in 2004 when Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis, and I were in the MFA Graduate Program in Literary Arts at Brown. We were inspired to create a new kind of fiction-oriented publication by Gail Scott, a fabulous Canadian woman who was a visiting writer in our program. We knew that we didn't want to start yet another journal/lit mag (nothing against 'em--we've all worked in the realm, we read them, we publish in them) and we knew that we wanted the form and structure of the publication to relate to/inform/engage with the content. We wanted to include all kinds of fictions and narratives, and visual art as well. After a few meetings and a lot of wine, Miranda started talking about the old encyclopedia—and that was that. We got excited by the encyclopedia as an organizing principle, and we were interested in the way the encyclopedia sought to contain all knowledge—we knew immediately that it was a model we wanted to tweak/subvert/play with. We started in Providence, but now we're in New York and the Bay Area.

What is your mission?

'Encyclopedia' means "circles of knowledge" and that is a guiding principle for the work and artists that we publish: we want to expand and break open existing circles of knowledge, to allow overlap and back-and-forth and cross-referencing and unexpectedness.

Continue Reading PF INTERVIEW: Kate Schatz from The Encyclopedia Project

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popmanifesto.pngThe Pop Manifesto is another case of cool magazine deciding not to go in for the great expense and heartache of making a print book and instead just publishing online. They have two issues up on their site with promise of an upcoming print annual. Their format is similar to most music/art/fashion/lifestyle magazines out there: interviews, photo stories, and a few reviews. But, thankfully, it's lacking in a lot of pointless product coverage, tips, and advertising. They write about stuff they like and don't worry about bad spelling or grammar. Lucky for me plenty of the stuff they like is also the stuff I like: throbbing gristle, the slits, favorite t-shirts, and the rapture, for example. Anyway, it's cute and fun to read. Go look!

UPDATE! their new issue goes up on MONDAY January, 15th!

After Dark

01/08/07

coming_soon_LEQUIN.jpgAfter Dark was the gayest not specifically gay magazine you could buy on the newsstand in the 70's and not be embarrassed. It was a "mainstream" entertainment magazine where the gays ran amok and slipped in sexy male nudes anywhere they possibly could. We'll definitely be writing more about After Dark, but for now check out these cool links.

Photos and captions on the original cast of Hair

Behind The Glass Booth

A Diatribe Against Patti

Photographer Jack Mitchell on Rudolph Nureyev

After Dark Yahoo Group

Fort Thunder

01/08/07

ralph1.jpgLast night I was looking through old photos and papers in search of a lost sleeve of negatives from a road trip. I got sidetracked on the way by a collection of old Fort Thunder posters. Providence was so fun back then! When I started spending more time in Providence, I met the boys from Fort Thunder, a warehouse/art collective in Olneyville. Their warehouse was like a big colorful maze of stuff and artwork. I remember one night sleeping over in a mess of blankets in front of a precariously piled television wall. There had lots of art and music shows, and weird wrestling nights. I had some lovely times there and wish I'd stayed in touch. So I googled them. And found some good links:

The Fort Thunder Site

New Bodega: group comics blog

Savage Pencils: another group art blog

A recent NYT review of a show at RISD including many Fort Thunder artists.

Bodega Distribution sells books by some of the Fort Thunder artists.

(pictured: from Brian Ralph's Monster at the Beach.)

Omg. So now that I'm back in New York mode and have finally listened to my voicemail messages and caught up on email, I've discovered that school starts Monday and I have to sort out a million details. And um find some work. So I'm off to do that. In the meanwhiles, here are some online zine-y resources: ZineWiki, Zine World, and the Chicago Underground Library. Go play with them. And we're back on Monday with a week full of interviews, reviews, and rantings. XO! And happy new year.



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