– Highlights

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Exhibition

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb

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Exhibition

Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

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Exhibition

Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events

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Screening

Art + Film

13 Jan, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Event

ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Blog – Zines, zines, zines

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Claire Hastwell in Artist and curator Interviews.
Every year the Museum hosts the annual MCA Zine Fair – one massive day of zine selling, trading, knowledge-sharing and all-around good vibes. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about what defines a ‘zine’. A zine is a DIY publication, kind of like a magazine but with a twist. They are usually born out of a passion or interest, and are often quite niche. This is one of the reasons zines are so awesome – there are no rules about what kind of topics you can publish on. And they provide a voice for people outside of the mainstream media. So, if you’re hungry for fresh content and different ways of seeing, the #MCAZINEFAIR is for you. We shot some questions to stallholders at this year’s fair to learn more about zine-making. Here’s what they said:
Rowena Sy
What role do you think zines play in today’s digital world?

Zines are another platform for creatives to express themselves. It has no official format or rules, giving total creative direction to the creator. In today’s age, it plays a huge important role in creating discussion & portraying topics of importance- whether political, social, spiritual, personal etc.

What are your zines influenced by?

My zines are influenced by traditional Eastern thought, the universe, mythology, spirits and fellow creatives that I follow online & know in person.

What are you trying to say with your zine?

I’m sharing with people how I view the world, or what goes on in my imagination. A combination of an inner and external world. At the same time, it can be what you want it to be.

Rowena 1

Rowena Sy

Rinaldo Hartanto
What role do you think zines play in today’s digital world?

I think zine is the perfect platform to present your idea while channelling your visual flair. We are getting accustomed to bite sized contents, and zines usually come in scrumptious fun size. There’s also that raw and timeless charm about handmade zines.

Which zine should people hunt down and read today?

To be honest I’m a newcomer in zine world, but I’m inclined to those poetry zines. In the world of visual culture and virtual reality, poetry is a rare trade. So I think we should give more room for thoughtful poems.

Why do you love zine making?

It opens me to new people and conversations. It also excites me that my ideas may manifest into something tactile, accessible, and collectible.

Rinaldo Hartanto

Rinaldo Hartanto

Amy Blue Illustration
What role do you think zines play in today’s digital world?

Zines are an important avenue for original content. Blogs and social media are great but the tangible zine is so raw. We get so lost on the internet. It’s distraction city. Zines create a sense of collected thoughts, in the tangible space that is paper and staples. They’re simple and detailed, you turn from one page to the next and there are no pop-ups or ads! It makes for a more precise and focused reading.

What are your zines influenced by?

I would say my zines are mainly influenced by pop culture. Definitely 90’s pop culture references such as the brilliant Robin Williams and hilarious Whoopi Goldberg. I have a new collection called The Appreciation Series. This series focuses on pop icons and TV shows such as Oprah Winfrey, Seinfeld & Twin Peaks and celebrates the greatest characters with illustrated portraits.

What are you trying to say with your zine?

You are what you watch. I really enjoy engaging with people over the music, film & TV they like. I love it when people laugh whilst looking at my work and understand a pop reference.

Amy Blue

Amy Blue Illustration

Lotte Alexis Smith
What are your zines influenced by?

Direct examples that come to mind are Bitch Planet, Persepolis, Shaun Tan’s 'The Arrival’ – which admittedly are all very different but somehow they have become a mash up of influence in my work. The use of colour, composition and complex characters in Bitch Planet; Persepolis for bold style with personal connection; Shaun Tan for the intimacy of his sketches and relying completely on images to share emotion. Also Hayao Miyazaki with character building and use of immersive realism in his films – the attention to subtle shifts in movement and physical presence to reflect a person’s state of mind really interests me.

How would you describe your zines aesthetic?

A wild mix up of Chinese and Soviet Union propaganda art meets Film Noir meets children’s illustration.

Why do you love zine making?

I love zine making because it allows me to flesh out small tangents in my mind through images. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that I am faced with conflict that I don’t know a straight solution to. When I start to map out a zine the process helps me find a sense of clarity. I might not find an answer to whatever has been weighing on my mind, but it allows me to acknowledge and release some of the clutter from my brain.

Discover a gamut of zines and support your local artist community at the MCA Zine Fair on Sunday 21 May, 2017.

#MCAZINEFAIR

Lotte Alexis Smith

Lotte Alexis Smith

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Claire Hastwell
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Claire helps grow online audiences for the MCA. Listening to them, talking to them and understanding them. When she is not working she is hunting for the best scoop of gelato. Real Italian gelato.

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