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.
In 2016, Despacio’s program and Central Archive, located alongside the exhibition space, will plunge with relish into an ocean of paradox and possibilities, freed from the necessity of making sense. Newly comprised of artworks, correspondence and traces of happenings and actions, it will stand as a testament to an extraordinary freedom from convention.
Critical voices of reason will be deconstructed in pursuit of free thinking.
While most archives are banished to remote corners of their institutions, Despacio’s archive shares center stage within the exhibition space.
Despacio will realize its artistic and intellectual pursuit of absence in three acts that will unfold over three years:
Each act brings together exhibitions, happenings, and Libraries in Residence around the theme, as well as a Central Archive, which is a collection of works that are carefully compiled and include physical art objects, correspondence, and traces of happenings and actions. At various times over the year, a selection of these works will be activated in the exhibition space alongside the archive itself.