Sheffield Zine Fest 2013 – stop us and buy one or more

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I’m not really part of the zine scene. Or am I? I don’t really think of myself as a filmmaker, but I make films, so I guess I’m a filmmaker. For many years I was reluctant to call myself an artist, but I make art, so I guess I’m an artist. And now I made a zine, so I guess I’m a zinester, and Black Daffodil Press is a distro?

Either way, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I will be selling my wares at Sheffield Zine Fest 2013 as Black Daffodil Press and you should come and see me and the other stalls at the first outing of this event at Electric Works, across the road from Sheffield rail station.
http://sheffieldzinefest.wordpress.com/
http://electric-works.net/
http://blackdaffodilpress.wordpress.com/

There was a one-off Sheffield Zine Fair in 2011 but it doesn’t seem to have continued so Chella Quint and Bettie Walker have organised Sheffield Zine Fest 2013.
http://chellaquint.wordpress.com/
http://manufacturinghearts.blogspot.co.uk/

Anyway, I will be there selling my “World X- A Speculative History” book, and the first two packs of my Retrospective flyers.

I will also have a couple of things from other artists, a newspaper / artzine by James Price, and maybe a few bits and bobs from veteran art-zinester M. A. Longbottom (more about him soon).
http://jamesmprice.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/stop-me-and-buy-one/
http://platform58.tumblr.com/

If you can’t make it to the zine fest, “World X” is on sale at The Old Sweet Shop and Rare & Racy, both in Sheffield, UK, and I will be opening an online shop with various publications and merch before long.
http://www.theoldsweetshopsheffield.co.uk/
http://rareandracy.co.uk/

Here are a few additional google-randomised links that I have nothing to do with. I’ll add more links to this post and also on Black Daffodil Press as and when.

An online zine resource.
http://spillthezines.blogspot.co.uk/

DIY Cultures Fair, Shorditch London, UK, 7th April 2013.
http://diycultures.tumblr.com/

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Everything X – Visions, variations & versions

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Several years ago I decided to treat every piece of art as an ongoing work and to publish or show them in versions, rather like software is published, and I found this approach extremely helpful in combatting that old tyranny of the “is it finished?” question.

I am not a painter or sculptor, nor any other sort of artist that makes discrete objects. I use a number of media that are reproducible, sometimes infinitely, and working with digital media allows any number of versions to be made of any work, and that’s the rub.

Q. In a world of infinite possibilities, and infinite versions, how do you finish anything?
A. You just stop working on it.

“World X – A Speculative History” is a prose-poem I wrote in 2008 for an event entitled “Life 2.0”, and is an allegory on the dangers of technological advance without recourse to morality or ethics.

The first time I read it at the event I had a slideshow of appropriate images, maintaining a circular motif throughout. Version 1.0.

A friend told me she didn’t really listen to the words because the visuals were so arresting, but also said it would be good as a book.

Seeing as the text was the important part, I expanded it slightly and the next time I read it was without the slideshow. Version 2.0.

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I expanded it further, and it’s only about 1,500 words, but I read it again at a performance event that I organised with artist James Price in 2009 (above). Version 2.1.

The last time I read it (with very slight alterations) was at one of the Northern Lights spoken-word nights at the Rutland Arms, Sheffield, UK, organised by Jude Calvert-Toulmin in 2012. Version 2.1.1.
http://judecalverttoulmin.blogspot.co.uk/

Part of me still wants to write more in order to make it longer, so that it will stand on its own as a performance work, but that just hasn’t happened. Maybe it never will.

Also, having struggled on and off for a few years trying to lay it out as a book, suggested by my friend, I am currently laying the original monologue out, page by page. There is no print version yet, but an ongoing PDF can be viewed online here. I hope to finish draft version 1.0 of text version 2.1.1 by the end of this week.

I wrote a separate section about Adam and Eve that I tried to weave into the main narrative, but it just doesn’t work, and so that will be a separate chapter that happens in the same universe, but not necessarily in the same chronology.

Stay tuned for Version X.X.