Crush Art: Mix-Tape Making, Letter Writing and Zine Publishing Workshop
September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arts of the Analog presents a crash course in the emo-arts of mixmaking, mailed correspondence, and zines publishing. Queer culture has always reigned supreme when it comes to the emotional arts. Djuna Barnes. Emily Dickinson. Ariel Schrag. I learned from my older sister’s lesbian friends that a good mix tape means that the precision of the feeling produced by the music’s order must echo in the exact cuts of carefully collaged surfaces on the tape’s outer jacket, which is folded and slid expertly into it’s plastic cover. On the inside of the jacket, hand-written quotes glued onto construction paper, each song listed in pen, cause pencil fades. I learned the art of exchanging letters from the bulging envelopes of Queercore Legend, Vaginal Davis. Hers came full with cut-outs and clippings, postcards, ephemera and four-page handwritten letters speaking of shared ideals and ranging from thoughtful to playful to wistful. I learned the radical art of zines from zines– a genre of literature that reads like a love letter to a stranger– I also learned how to shoot super 8, how to make a good vegetarian soup, and cried along with the chronicle of a pregnant girl planning her open adoption. Get your feelings out. Make culture. Please Note: The workshop will be a crash course with handouts, examples and lessons to get you started. We will not be completing projects during the workshop. Coffee and donuts provided.