Despacio’s newest Library in Residence brings to life the ephemeral being of fanzines. Once printed and distributed they often disappear in personal collections or vanish quickly from sight. So are the fanzines of Cornucopia Zine, which will be accessible once again and present the visual dialogues with numerous artists in form of monographic fanzines.
Some say it started with trashy science fiction novels, some say hand-written Xeroxed pages by punks, some say the comic nerds were first to invent the fanzines.
Despite the disputed origins and the digital revolution, the production of self-made magazines never ceased. Written and edited by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon and distributed amongst likeminded, they are only hard to find – even more so in Costa Rica.
For one month, Despacio presents a collection of artist-made fanzines from the self-publishing studio Cornucopia Zine based in Costa Rica and founded by Oscar Ruiz Schmidt. The fanzines are all co-signed as monographs by a guest-artist and the editor.
On the opening day Cornucopia Zine will produce a new zine on-site and in collaboration with the copy shop on the ground floor of Despacio.
The Zines Library will launch on April 29th at Despacio in parallel with the Naked Fish Festival taking place on the same day.
Following zines produced by Cornucopia and guest artists will be accessible:
STBY 1 / Olman Torres
60 b/w, 4 color, Preview
Hombre y Bestia / Ronald Reyes
48 pages, 45 b/w, 3 color, Preview
Binnenstich / Oscar Ruiz Schmidt
56 pages, 52 b/w, 4 color, multiple fold-outs, Preview
Küsse to everybody / Sonsoles Lozano
72 pages, black and white on cream colored paper, Preview
llustraciones / Osvaldo Baldi
34 pages, black and white on yellow paper, Preview
Devota / Felipe Huertas Oviedo
32 black and white pages, 2 color, Preview
Acromatopsia / Juan de la Cruz Calivá
66 pages, black and white, Preview
STNBY 2 / Olman Torres
26 pages, black and white, Preview
Retratos / Natalea Soto
40 pages, black and white on cream and orange paper, Preview
Como el agua forma la tierra / Obra Gris
48 pages, black and white, Preview
Dosis / Rebeca Arias
22 pages, color, Preview
Caribe Fantasma / Lores de Sousa
28 pages, 8 color, 20 b/w, Preview
Unísono / Carlos Hurtado
Two zines in one, a) 18 pages, 16 b/w, 2 color b) 12 pages, b/w, Preview
Vernacular / Danilo Reuben
46 pages, b/w, Preview
No secrets between us / Fabrizio Arrieta
52 pages, 44 b/w, 8 color, Preview
Labios / Pablo Cambronero
40 pages, 24 color, 16 b/w, Preview
The Simulacrum is the Present Reality / Carla Saborío
36 pages, 26 b/w, 10 color, Preview
Cerrado por reformas / Olman Torres
72 pages, 66 b/w, 6 color, Preview
Frau Lamb / Juan de la Cruz Calivá
32 pages, b/w, Preview
Siesta Infinita / Seniorita Polyester
28 pages, b/w on red, blue and white paper, Preview
África / Jose Díaz
34 pages, color, multiple foldouts, Preview
Glitch / Elisa Bergel Melo
20 pages, color, Preview
Ciudad Mínima / Leo Ureña
36 pages, 30 b/w, 6 color, plus fold-out color cover, Preview
25 under 25 / Nueva Fotografía
54 pages, 44 b/w, 10 color, Preview
Una selección de fanzines estará para la venta. La imagen principal usada para comunicación del evento es de Olman Torres.
Despacio collaborates with Printed Matter, Inc. (New York) to revive an almost lost medium. A few decades ago the cassette tape was the most convenient way to record sound material, yet with the fast advancing digital world it is at the verge of being completely forgotten. Nevertheless, artists have continuously used this format to further expand their forms of expression. Listen to the sound of a diary, bodies, an unstable table, singing sand, and of a disassembled cassette in our newest Library in Residence.
Printed Matter, Inc (New York) presents a selection of artists' audio on tape.
The projects include conceptual performance works for voice, improvised 'talk pieces', artists working in the sound/song medium, and sound projects that derive from work on paper, or that are conceived in connection with a companion artists' book. Several works of experimental audio reflect on the physical medium of the cassette itself, building on found sound or field recordings from the natural world that have been auto-tuned, tweaked and layered to create new meaning.Thoughts by Keith Gray
The library will be on display from October 20, 2016 on. Following eleven audiotapes were chosen for the Library in Residence:
Birds, Whales and Singing Sand
One Mile High, 2012
The Archaeology of Home & Lemons
Nonhorse (G. Lucas Crane)
High Performance Audio
Friedrichstraße 4, buzz "Shin" at door
Published by 100%
Dan Graham & The Static at Riverside Studios London
Published by Primary Information
Jonas Bers, Spreaders, Matt Luczak, Anima Projection
Published by Endless Audio
The Sound of a Cassette Disassembled
Published by Tone Filth
Published by Gil Arno/Unframed
Denise de la Cerda and Alan Sondheim
Babbally: The Destruction of Mindfuck Diplomacy
Cleveland: Burning Press, 1990
Bodywork No. 1
By Cat Lauigan, Matt Brownell
Printed Matter is a world’s leading art bookstore dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books and has become an important voice in the art world. The nonprofit art bookstore was started by Sol LeWitt and the art critic Lucy R. Lippard.
No. 1 and 8-19 of these unique sketchbooks are presented for the first time to the public. The books began with homework assignments and pencil sketches, yet quickly evolved towards a colorful imaginary place for dreamscape. Playful cartoons, minimal notes and vibrant patterns of stories and shapes that lead to the next idea are revealed by the marks of a felt tip pen.
In combining a freedom of spontaneity and conforming to rules, Fournier created a fascinating personal dialogue with his everyday. This dialogue, documented and transformed in his illustrations of encounters, allows for an engagement with narratives that maintain their own time and rhythm while being influenced by the ongoing interweaving of realities and fantasies. The deep transformative nature of this private matter allows the artist to visualize what is really on his mind.Thoughts by Anna Hugo
The books will be on display from July 28, 2016 on.
Diego Fournier is a Costa Rican artist living and working in San José.
Following 15 books are carefully chosen from an infinite universe of artist books, books on artist, and photo art books
Zilla and the 7th Room
JRP Ringier Kunstverlag, ISBN-13: 978-3905829723
Weak Messages Create Bad Situations:
A Manifesto by David Shrigley
Canongate Books, ASIN: B0184X5I2Y
Legend of the things
Edition Haus am Gern, ISBN-13: 978-3952369180
Without a viewer
Distressed Securities & Books Ltd.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Drawing by Cornel Windlin
JRP Ringier, ASIN: B019TMBKKS
Edition Patrick Frey, ISBN-13: 978-3905929492
Kunsthalle Wien, ISBN-13: 978-3852470757
This is the house that Jack built
Steidl Books, ISBN 978-3-86930-935-4
Ben Vautier: Is everything art?
Museum Tinguely Basel
KEHRER Heidelberg, ISBN-13: 978-3868286496
Panorama der Menschheit in 942 Photos
3+4 Weltausstellung der Photographie, Karl Pawek
Gruner + Jahr, ASIN: B0063GD2IC
Menschen Tiere Abenteuer
Edition Patrick Frey, ISBN-13: 978-3905929935
The Home Front
Mack, ISBN-13: 978-1910164150
Peter Weber, Mara Züst
Edition Patrick Frey, ISBN-13: 978-3905929003
Zorn: Eine Dokumentation der Verbrennungen
Benteli Verlag, ISBN 3-7165-0473-4
Utopics – Systems and Lanmarks
JRP Ringier, ISBN 9783037640562
The books will be on display from March 3, 2016 on.The selection of books was made by Barbara Hoffmann, as well as the design of the bookshelf. Hoffmann currently designs for Büro 146 in Zurich, Switzerland. Her participation in the Libraries in Residence initiative is made possible by the support of Pro Helvetia.
Despacio presents two sets of hardcover books by New York based artist Sophie Barbasch:
HELLO I AM LONELY
set of 6 books, edition of 5
... originates from asking men on Craigslist questions like: “are you lonely?” “is there anything you've never told anyone?” and “are you scared of women?” The set also includes photography books generated by requests such as “please send me a picture of your bed” and “please send me a picture of your hand,” as well as a book of pictures taken from Chat Roulette.
TRAINING TO BE A GIRL
set of 10 books, edition of 5
... originates from asking men on Craigslist questions such as: “tell me why I'm a good girl,” “what do you do about heartbreak?” “what do you do when someone is gone?” “describe the perfect woman,” and “tell me about a mistake you made.” Other books include transcribed dreams, reprinted psychic readings and pictures from ads on craigslist of wedding rings and dresses for sale.
The books will be on display from March 3, 2016 on.
Sophie Barbasch is a photographer based in New York City. She earned her MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA in Art and Art History from Brown University. Selected grants and residencies include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Blue Mountain Center, and a 2016 Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil.