Archived entries for Media
Dr Margie Borschke has written an article about the Big Fag Press and the Rizzeria for the Powerhouse Museum’s design website.
Here’s how she begins:
Technologies are often pitted against one another. Print, for instance, is often cast to play the role of the has-been, the also-ran, while digital and network technologies prepare for yet another close up. In this scenario any passion for printed matter tends to be disparaged as nostalgia or explained away as an analog response to the siren call of digital devices. But old technologies can be used in new ways and two artist-run presses in Sydney, Big Fag Press and the Rizzeria, offer an alternate account of print’s continued appeal in a networked era.
Recently we had a visit from Zacha Rosen, who writes for Concrete Playground.
Zacha spent lots of time with us, nosing around with his audio recorder, while we printed some works by Lucas Ihlein and Ian Milliss. The very enthusiastic Zacha asked us a million questions and did everything short of getting his fingers all sticky in the ink himself.
You can read his surprisingly thorough account of what the Big Fag is all about, over here.
While you’re there, you should check out his coverage of our buddies in printing – the Rizzeria and Blood & Thunder, and also The Beehive – a 3D printing outfit in Sydney – it’s all part of his round-up of some of Sydney’s indy-printing options.
The following is an article written by our Canberra colleague Caren Florance, aka Ampersand Duck. It was commissioned by Big Fag Press co-director Lucas Ihlein for his UNDERGROUND edition of Artlink Magazine, launched in June 2010. Since it relates directly to the seizing of obselete printing technology by ratbags, we thought it germane to reprint here on the Big Fag website.
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Stop the Press: the Allure of Ink
Caren Florence, June 2010
There is something magical that happens to text when it is printed. In print, a scramble of handwritten words becomes solid, legible and above all, authoritative. Some of the most outrageous propaganda and religious doctrine throughout world history have been believed because they have been printed. Printing brings ideas to the surface and imbues them with power in a way that cannot ever be underestimated. Even these days, with so many ideas shared over the internet, there is still glamour and prestige in having your words transformed into printed matter: witness all the blogs that turn into books.
Printing, however, takes money, and distribution needs connections. When people want or need to share their ideas without the necessary money and connections, you get underground publishing, and ingenious methods of print production and distribution.
A few weeks back, Fennella Kernebone and crew from the ABC dropped by the Depot after having interviewed Big Fags Lucas and Diego about their work in the MCA’s recently-opened show, In The Balance: Art For A Changing World. As part of Lucas’s Environmental Audit project, he is printing a diagram a week on various environmental considerations that surround art and the exhibition process.
The footage has now been edited together into a story and is up online for viewing – you can see Lucas, Diego, and several other people involved in the exhibition talk about their work, and there’s a few seconds of the press in there too!
Throw Shapes, an online culture zine, has featured the Big Fag Press in its latest issue. You can read the article-cum-interview with Lucas and Kernow here. Please take any glorified or potentially silly statements we make with a grain of salt, woncha??
It also features news on the exciting new addition to the family, the Fagette, the BFP’s little sister.