The MozFest Zine Fair is returning at this year’s virtual Mozilla Festival (March 20-24, 2023). We’re seeking zine makers and enthusiasts from around the world to join us in expressing and exploring our relationship with technology as creative inquiry.
Mozilla Festival, or MozFest, is a gathering that explores the connections of art, technology, and society, rooted in open source, collaboration, and DIY maker culture. Zines began as an underground, guerilla publishing practice emerging from political, art, music, and literary movements, often very personal and painstakingly made by hand, to be shared, circulated, and traded with others. From small and local, zines have become more global and ubiquitous thanks to the internet. Originally visual, aural, or tactile media, zines can also take on various shapes and formats of other modalities that access other facets of self-expression and ways of being on the internet.
Zine Themes This Year
For this second year at MozFest, we are seeking digital zines under the theme, “Digital Citizenship,” about ways of bettering our tech future, securing human rights, speculating alternative digital economies and cultures, and experimenting with other creative uses and expressions of technology. We are also accepting zines relating to the topics of our MozFest Spaces and Experiences, ranging from Humans Behind The Machine to AI Cosmologies. Check out all 10 themes here for inspiration!
We would also love to hear your personal stories about your relationship with technology: internet memes, adventures in dating apps, Wikipedia in your native language, text message autocomplete mishaps, pandemic era digital solitude, ride hailing and delivery platform stories, the tech workers you know, your personal AI assistants, to name a few.
We accept digital zines in any format, such as (but not limited to) PDFs, images, websites, audio, visual or new media, a game or TTRPGs, even a Google Doc, as long as they are hosted online without a paywall. Choose the medium that is most comfortable for you, and feel free to submit more than one if you have several zines to share.
Note: if you are not able to log in with a google account, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for an alternate way to submit your information.
MozFest Zine Fair this year: Exhibition & Party 🎉
If your zine is accepted, it will be a part of the MozFest Zine Exhibition, an asynchronous event open throughout the festival period (March 20-24, 2023). It will be available for all MozFest participants across varying time zones to check out your zine creations.
During the festival week, we will be throwing the (virtual, live) MozFest Zine Party! There will be a live on-site event in Jakarta, Indonesia, and we plan to stream live DJs and visual mapping jockey to the MozFest social platform to get together and party online 🎉🎉🎉 From zine newbies to enthusiasts, all are welcome there. Like last year, we may also have a sharing circle by the zine makers about their project, which you are encouraged to join.
MozFest is part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world. To learn more, visit www.mozillafestival.org.
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Kiwako Sakamoto is a person aiming to facilitate and negotiate spaces for voices treated as non-existent due to digital accessibility, language and cultural barriers in western English sphere. She is also a MozFest Wrangler for 2021-2023 and organizes MozFest Zine Fair. She is trained as a data scientist.
E.L. Guerrero is a media + software artist and ½ of MakaWalangHiya Zine Distro, a project focused on promoting work by Filipino creatives from the homeland and diaspora at large.
BRONzELANI, known as zE are an Indonesian Multidisciplinary Artist as well as an Underwater Musician that love youth subculture and joking about nothing. zE, Alienpang, Astri Purnamasari and their friends organized Jakarta Zine Festival in 2022, building on their work at Sekte Komik in 2014. Their network includes Bandung Zine Festival (the first zine festival in Indonesia), Surabaya Zine Festival (SubZineFest), Denpasar Kolektif (Bali Island based) and You.