Second Circulation

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Dexter Fletcher is back, with their first ever curated exhibition!

The opening was last Thursday, sorry I forgot to tell you about it. BUT never fear! There’s a public fun day happening this coming Saturday, featuring zine stalls from illustrious inter-state guests, performances and more! All details HERE!

Adults and children sometimes have boards in their bedrooms or living-rooms on which they pin pieces of paper: letters, snapshots, reproductions of paintings, newspaper cuttings, original drawings, postcards. On each board all the images belong to the same language and all are more or less equal within it, because they have been chosen in a highly personal way to match and express the experience of the room’s inhabitant. Logically, these boards should replace museums.

Dexter Fletcher - two archives clash - searching for the young soul rebels

Some notes on sponsorship – redux

(Reposted from

Hey folks, I’m just dragging this up (with a few changes to the wording) from the bottom of the post before last where it was first published. In conversations I had on the weekend at the Sydney Anarchist Book Fair and Canberra Zine Emporium (thank you to the organisers of both events) people were overwhelmingly supportive of the idea of boycotting the MCA zine fair over the MCA’s relationship with Transfield, but there was some confusion about precisely what that relationship is. Creating confusion is a pretty good way of obscuring facts, but anyway: this is the information I have found with my limited internet searching abilities:

In a pay-walled article on ArtsHub, the MCA called our use of the word ‘sponsorship’ to describe their relationship with Transfield a “factual inaccurancy”, stating instead that Transfield are a ‘Corporate Member’.

‘Corporate Members’ are listed on the ‘Sponsorship’ page of the MCA website.

Transfield are listed on page 60 of the most recent (2012) MCA annual report in the section for ‘Sponsorship, Donations, Marketing and Public Relations’, as a ‘Corporate Member’.

The MCA are listed on the ‘Community Involvement – Sponsorships’ page of the Transfield website: “Transfield Holdings has been a corporate sponsor of the Museum of Contemporary Art since 2004.” (accessed 24/3/14, emphasis mine. Note that the Transfield domain name and the Transfield logo at the top of the web-page do not make a distinction between ‘Transfield Holdings’, ‘Transfield Services’ or ‘Transfield Foundation’.)


So, the word ‘sponsorship’ seems to have a slippery definition, depending on when, how and by whom it is used. Clearly Transfield consider their corporate membership to be a variety of sponsorship. The MCA, perhaps, feels differently – although their own publicly accessible information on their sponsors etc is ambiguous. Whatever the difference (or lack of) between ‘sponsorship’ and ‘corporate membership’ in this case, the MCA and Transfield have a brand relationship. As the MCA website outlines, Corporate Membership provides an opportunity to:

“[a]lign with Australia’s leading contemporary arts brand and an exciting range of collections” and[d]evelop and enhance relationships with key clients and stakeholders”.

What would a bit of amateur research be without a visit to Wikipedia? From the entry on brand equity (or as it’s sometimes known, brand value):

Brand equity is a phrase used in the marketing industry which describes the value of having a well-known brand name, based on the idea that the owner of a well-known brand name can generate more money from products with that brand name than from products with a less well known name…”



Round up

Exhibition at Sticky

Opening Friday 13 September 6 – 7pm

I’m having an exhibition in the window and on the back wall of Sticky.

It’s at shop 10, Campbell Arcade (near Flinders St Station), Melbourne (as if you didn’t know). Rose Turtle Ertler will be playing songs on the opening night. If I can arrange time off work I’ll be there. Whether or not I’m there, if you can make it, please go along. Buy some zines, support zine distros, support Sticky! Thanks heaps to Luke for organising everything and for making the beautiful flyer.


Here’s a photo of the work in progress, inside the studio I share, Junior Gazette:


And where it all started, inside my work locker:



The second season of the Dexter Fletcher Feminist Film Club starts on Sunday 8 September with Dreams of a Life (2011, Carol Morley). The theme for this block of screenings is ‘The City’, and we’ll also be showing A Taste of Honey and Persepolis. All screenings at Junior Gazette, Level 1, 91 Railway Pde, Marrickville. Full details on the flyer below.


Take Care zine open days at Junior Gazette

To coincide with the DFFFC Take Care will be holding open days again. This time they’ll be from 2pm til the commencement of DFFFC screenings. So, to be clear, Take Care opening times arrreeee:

Sunday 8 September, 2 – 6pm

Sunday 22 September, 2 – 6pm

Sunday 6 October, 2 – 6pm

Junior Gazette, Level 1, 91 Railway Pde, Marrickville


New zines

I made a couple of news zines. First is a new issue of Tomorrow’s Machine Today, my zine inspired by music I discovered through mix tapes. This time it’s about my first record, discovering grunge, summer holidays, discovering Hole, discovering feminism. It’s $3 (plus postage) and available from Take Care.


The other one’s an elongated (approx 28x14cm) booklet of small collages and drawings about caves and underground worlds, amateur printing, intuition, libraries and figuring stuff out. The inside pages are photocopied (a few in colour) and the cover image is a two part Gocco print. The title and inside back cover credits were printed on the Sleepless Nights Press, Tim’s beautiful Adana 8×5″ letterpress. $5 from Take Care.


I also made a bunch of prints, about 14x15cm, of the cover image and text (same deal, Gocco and letterpress combination). It’s $2. The print and zine cover are both printed on acid free paper, like REAL ART.


Rizzeria Zine Club

You’ve probably heard about the Rizzeria’s great new space in the Rocks. On Thurday 29 August from 5 – 7pm the first of a (hopefully) monthly zine club get together will take place, and you, print-head, should go. It’s at the Metcalfe Arcade, Shop 5/80-84 George St, The Rocks (a bit up from the MCA). While you’re there, take a walk round poor old Millers Point before it’s completely screwed forever by the Barangaroo Development and Packer’s multi-squillion dollar VIP casino that you’ll never even be able to go near because it’ll be fitted with a laser beam that fries all proles within a hundred metre radius. Sigh. Anyway, go to the Rizzeria’s space, a strange anomaly in this strange city. Miss Helen drew this excellent logo for it the zine club:

zine club

Old Zines

I re-printed a stack of  old zines – I sent a bunch down to Sticky and I’m gonna give a bunch to the Rizzeria, too. And of course Take Care has some. Old zines!


Alrighty then, that’s all for now. So many things to do, so many zines to read…