As part of Create’s Library and Archive of Collaborative Arts, we are delighted to host a workshop on online publishing and ‘zine making, with Chicago based artist Marc Fischer.
In this workshop series, we’ll strip ‘zine making down to the bare essentials and discuss the design, production and distribution of one-page ‘zines. Marc Fischer of the project Public Collectors, the group Temporary Services and the publishing imprint Half Letter Press will discuss the one-page ‘zine QUARANZINE that he has published nearly every day for the last three months. He’ll open the workshop with a discussion of his publishing history spanning more than thirty years before looking at the work of participants in the second and third sessions. Feedback will be provided over email and in group discussions on Zoom. No supplies are urgently needed beyond paper and a pen or pencil, but access to a copier, printer, camera, and basic office supplies would be beneficial. Suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Zine publications can and should include a wide range of content from writing and drawing to comics, photos, interviews, and more.
Marc Fischer is the administrator of Public Collectors, an initiative formed in 2007, which aims to encourage greater access and scholarship for marginal cultural materials, particularly those that museums ignore. Public Collectors’ work includes the Library Excavations publication series and web project, the Tumblr blog and publication series Hardcore Architecture about underground music in America, and Malachi Ritscher—a project about the late Chicago documentarian and activist, produced for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. In 2019 Public Collectors initiated the Courtroom Artist Residency, in whichFischer brings artists to observe Criminal Court in Chicago. The conversations that happen after court, along with additional writings, have been turned into a publication series: The Courtroom Artist Residency Report. Fischer is also a member of the group Temporary Services and a partner in its publishing imprint Half Letter Press Temporary Services and Half Letter Press have produced over 125 publications and Fischer has created nearly 45 publications under the Public Collectors imprint. Most recently he has published over 80 one-page zines with Public Collectors under the name QUARANZINE as a daily response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Chicago.