At this year’s virtual Mozilla Festival (March 7-11, 2022), we’re pleased to announce our first-ever Virtual Zine Fair & Exhibition. We’re seeking zine makers and enthusiasts, including those new to the form, to join us at these events.
Mozilla Festival, aka MozFest, is a hybrid art/tech/society convening, with roots in open source, maker culture, and collaborative practice. Zines are typically DIY publications, made for trading and sharing, often emerging from grassroots or underground political, art, music, or literary movements. Anyone can make a zine! As a visual media, zines can allow for expression beyond the bounds of language. Zines can help connect diverse communities and share perspectives from around the globe.
MozFest is the perfect place to share and explore zines, and to learn to make them!
We’re seeking for zine-makers from around the globe to share digitally available zines at the Virtual Zine Fair & Exhibition. We’re looking for zines in the themes of bettering our tech future, human rights, and more generally technology or algorithms in any creative sense. MozFest 2022 is organized around a collection of community-generated themes or “Spaces,” ranging from Youth & Futures to Gender, Tech, & Intersectionality to Creating Neurodiverse Wellbeing. We welcome zines aligned with those visions, too! Check out all nine spaces for inspiration. Don’t have a zine yet, but want to learn to make one? Check out the information and registration link about our pre-MozFest Zine-making Workshop at the end of this post.
Read on for details about our events at MozFest. For more background info, check out our FAQ.
For the MozFest Zine Exhibition, we’ll set up an online zine gallery for the public to explore asynchronously, which will be a snazzy place to showcase your creations. The exhibition will be available during the entire festival period (March 7 - 11th and beyond).
On the last day of MozFest, March 11, we’ll organize a (virtual, live) Zine Fair on MozFest’s social platform, Spatial Chat (see our mock-up of the space above). Participants can gather and explore a 2-D space, read digital zines, and meet and talk with other zine enthusiasts, and those new to the zine scene from the global MozFest community.
The Zine Fair will feature:
- Zine booths set-up for zine makers to attend and mingle with MozFest community
- Any talk, workshop, or performance related to your zine projects-- let us know what these are!
- DJ/VJ set to accompany our zine exploration adventure.
Don’t have a zine yet, but want to learn to make one? Sign up for the zine-making workshop brought to you by the awesome, experienced zine-makers Sandra and Sarah!
Feb. 24 11am - 12pm PST / 16:00 - 17:00 Buenos Aires (your time here)
In this hands-on bilingual Spanglish zine workshop led by Sandra Marín (Chile/Argentina) and Sarah Mirk (U.S.), participants will learn about the power of zines for self-expression. We will look at zines from around the world and learn how to make our own. Each participant will draw their own mini-zine, which can be shared online or shared at MozFest Zine Fair & Exhibition.
En este taller bilingüe de zine dirigido por Sandra Marín (Chile/Argentina) y Sarah Mirk (EE.UU.), los participantes aprenderán sobre el poder de los zines para la autoexpresión. Veremos zines de todo el mundo y aprenderemos a hacer nuestros propios. Cada participante dibujará su propio mini-zine, que puede ser compartido en línea o compartido en la feria virtual zine de Mozilla.
Sandra Marín is a creator and graphic artist. She runs Estudio Repisa and has edited more than 250 rare editions and fanzines that have toured Japan, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Today a section of her collection is part of the Arts Documentation Center in Chile, the concept is "construye y será habitado," the freedom of the game through art and constant experimentation allow inventing supports for new imaginaries. Today she investigates loving and collaborative traces in the global network. You can follow her on Instagram @estudiorepisa
Sarah Mirk is a comics journalist and somewhat obsessive zine maker. She is a contributing editor at The Nib, a digital producer at Reveal, and the author of several books, including Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison. In 2019, Sarah made a zine every day for a year. You can follow her on Instagram at @sarahmirk.