THIS IS (NOT) TOMORROW
Pulp Society in collaboration with The Irregulars Art Fair Reading Room invites zine submissions for the forthcoming exhibition This is (not) tomorrow. An invitation to
re-imagine the possibilities of life and living in the 21st century.
Call for Applications
27 April 2020
Please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
A PDF or images of a completed zine (with a written description
of some of the content)
A proposal for a new zine you want to make (with images / sketches of previous artwork to illustrate your idea)
Selected zines will be exhibited as part of the larger curated program of This is (not) tomorrow, which will also feature zines from the TIRAF Reading Room collection, DIY workshops and more.
This is (not) tomorrow is an invitation to re-imagine the possibilities of life and living in the 21st century. As we move into increasingly uncertain futures rippled with ecological disasters, economic insecurities and rising rhetoric of intolerance and violence, there is a dire need to re-think,
re-imagine and re-write our collective futures. Drawing from the history of zines as a space for autonomous thinking and alternative ideas, we invite you to contemplate the idea of ‘tomorrow’.
Some themes to consider are:
Science, technology and sustainability
Climate, environment, public space and public health
Gender, sexuality, love and relationships
Forms of governance, political and economic systems
Your Zine can be include drawings, comics, DIY journals, posters, pamphlets and more. These Zines do not in any way have to follow any specific format - they can be stitched, bound, stapled, or glued. They can be a french fold, an accordion zine, or a booklet etc. Zines can be photo-based, illustration based, or have more informational or instructional content.
Most zines began as small-circulation, self-published or DIY, and were largely inexpensive or free to produce and distribute. Dating back to the early 1900’s, the culture of Zine’s grew out of early printing technology as one of the only ways to easily and quickly disseminate information. They were used as American literary and cultural journals through pamphlets and dissident newspapers. Artists made zines to circulate their work and share ideas and have a particularly rich history within the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Zine’s have also had a significant place in shaping counterculture and activist movements, such as within the history of Punk, or the growth and spread of the feminist movement.
Sitting at the intersection of art, publishing, activism, politics and contemporary culture, zines have had a curious and specific history in the growth of alternative culture and self-expression. Zine’s today defy any categorization and often combine multiple formats and medium, and range in content from educational, activist, informational, to more playful and irreverent documents. This contemporary avatar of zines is reflected in Pulp Society’s interest in exploring experimental forms of print and publishing in the 21st century.
The Irregulars Art Fair is India’s first anti-art fair for independent artists, conceived to foster a dialogue that transcends prescribed geographies, hierarchies, and established markets. We seek to present new and undiscovered artists in spaces that were not originally created for an art exhibition and to showcase their work in ways and forms that are not conventionally meant for display. The aim of TIRAF is to create a community at the intersection point of different genres of art and culture, for inventing new ones. Thereby forging an alternative space for the irregular arts, for the weird and bizarre.