Strange Circulations: Artist-Driven Publications explores the proliferation of ‘zines, artists’ books, artist-run presses, underground comix, and other small-circulation, self-published works from the 1990s to the present. Inspired by Mexico’s rich history of underground artists’ publications, this discussion examines how these works continue to influence contemporary media and graphic design and provide important vehicles for information activism, alternative economies and first-person narrative accounts.
Carolyn Chernoff is a race-critical urban and cultural sociologist with a particular interest in pop culture, community-based organizations, and everyday art and culture. Her research projects examine interactional aspects of culture, media and identity, from the use of local identity in casino expansion projects to the sociology of Miley Cyrus. Chernoff received a joint Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Sociology and Education, Culture, and Society in 2013, and is the co-founder of The Girls' DJ Collective.
Beth Heinly is a performance artist and curator who draws comics under the pseudonym 3:00. She recently donated a collection of 'zines and artist books to Temple Library's Special Collections Research Center and also took part in cataloging the collection. In addition to collecting artist books, comics and ‘zines Heinly self-publishes her own comics. Her artwork has been exhibited in Paris, but she primarily exhibits and performs at venues in Philadelphia, including Vox Populi, the Center City Underground Concourse, Space 1026, The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, Little Berlin, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Luis Felipe Ortega was part of a group of artists at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice in Mexico City during the 1990s, and a member of the artist-run space Temístocles 44. He is one of the founders and editors, along with artists Daniel Guzmán, Gabriel Kuri and Damian Ortega, of Casper He has exhibited at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Lansing, MI; the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; the Centre d'Art Pompidou, Paris; the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; and Museo Jumex, Mexico City. In 2015, along with artist Tania Candiana, Ortega represented Mexico in the 56th Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Mexico City.
Alexis Salas is an art historian whose work centers on contemporary visual culture. She is completing her doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin, holds an M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in art history and Spanish literature from Amherst College. Salas has written texts for publications from Harvard University Press, the University of California, San Diego, Fundación/Colección Jumex, the University of Texas at Austin and the National Gallery of Art. She curates exhibitions of Latino and Latin American art, including Aesthetic Experiments and Social Agents: Renegade Art and Action in Mexico in the 1990s, which opens at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California in 2017.
Above: images from "Casper: Revista de título mutable (Casper: Magazine with a Changing Name)," 1998-99. By Daniel Guzmán, Gabriel Kuri, Damián Ortega and Luis Felipe Ortega. Courtesy of Luis Felipe Ortega, Mexico City