Report: ASIAN ZINESTER ASYLUM (September 13, 2016 / Shinjuku, Tokyo)
） / September 23, 2016
last update: 20180923
Here I will describe succinctly the participation report of this event.
Many people gathered for this event from various parts of Asia and Japan.
People came into the venue by turns and there was swarming with people constantly.
A mainstay of this event was the presentation by Display Distribute (from Hong Kong).
*Display Distribute: http://displaydistribute.com/
Two women as the representatives of them introduced in detail their activities that are extremely radical.
Above all, the project of distribution network named "LIGHT LOGISTICS" gave us a great shock.
*LIGHT LOGISTICS: http://displaydistribute.tumblr.com/distribution
It is the innovative practice that is transnational, underground, and of resourcefulness.
We should evaluate the following points of their activity in particular.
At the same time, I will pose the following problems regarding their activity.
- The style of activity that crosses over a border lightly and that is full of innovative ingenuity
- The practice of alternative 'distribution'
- The expansion power making temporary 'places' in sequence
- The 'organization' nature not to immobilize with form of amoeba
- The gender neutral collective form
These will become common problems that other Asian/Japanese distribution groups (or individuals) also should face when they are developing own activities.
- The side of fluidity and a one-time-only nature is strong, and the side of durability and accumulation is weak.
- Intensive archiving at fixed places is difficult.
- Scope of activities is apt to be unevenly distributed.
We need to continue discussions in future and think of a future plan of action for that to the extent possible.
From my personal point of view, now in European and American zine scene accumulation and education seem to be more valued rather than wide area distribution.
I think that how we should interpret those different characteristics is a stimulating question.
In the venue, zines which each participant and some distros brought were exhibited and sold and the exchange of views was done around them actively.
I was able to exchange opinions with a woman zine researcher who came from Taiwan. That was very significant.
This event must have become a very valuable opportunity for each participant and zine scene of Japan.
◆DISPLAY DISTRIBUTE: LIGHT LOGISTICS
◆Introduction to Gender Studies: "Grrrl/Queer/Feminist Zines" (in the First Semester of the 2018 Academic Year at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies) *Lecturer: MURAKAMI Kiyoshi
◆Murakami, Kiyoshi, April 2016 - August 2016, "[Serial Publication] Notes on Grrrl/Queer/Feminist Zines" (1)-(15)
◆Murakami, Kiyoshi, 20180922, "Connecting with Asian Zine Scene: What I Refered to in East Nine Zine Circle #02"
Author（作成）：MURAKAMI Kiyoshi（村上 潔）
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