Hacking the Quotidien With Mexico's RRD Collective: Creative Experimentation and Transnational Collaborations Around Print Technologies and Public Space

Friday, Mar 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Series flyer in English

Members of RRD in conversation with T-Kay Sangwand; part of the Radical Publishing in CDMX Speaker Series

RRD (Red de Reproducción y Distribución / Reproduction and Distribution Network) is an artist collective based in Mexico City that playfully experiments with and remixes traditional print and audiovisual formats and distribution networks to produce and circulate counternarratives intended for a broad public as well as artists and others in publishing/literary realms. The collective will discuss how their projects, publications, and interventions draw upon low tech distribution and printing mechanisms and range from hyperlocal to transnational in scope to address issues such as Covid-19, youth movements and government repression, and information piracy. Their newspaper kiosk in front of the Mexico City metro station Juanacatlán serves as a public meeting space for their different audiences to encounter each other as well as unconventional printed works (such as zines, artist books, subversive comics) and site specific public art. RRD will discuss the interventions at its kiosk, the publications it houses, and how these elements have translated in its collaborations and workshops (on typography, mimeograph, and risograph) with youth and artists in Taipei, Bangkok, and Bogotá.



Series events:

Jan. 21: This is a Book and Our Word is Our Weapon: The Politics of Experimental Publishing in Latin America

Feb. 12: In Defense of Cognitive Territories: Translation and Typography as Tools for Self Determination in Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoacan (Mexico)

The Radical Publishing in CDMX speaker series highlights creative bibliographic research and practice originating in Mexico City and aims to highlight transnationalism in bibliographic studies and tie bibliographic history to the current sociopolitical context. These programs are structured around the language justice principle that everyone has the right to communicate and be heard in the language in which they feel most comfortable; each speaker will give their presentation in their first language (Spanish); simultaneous interpretation will be provided by Antena Los Angeles. As such, this series aims to reach a broader audience outside the US, particularly in Mexico and across Latin America. This series is organized by T-Kay Sangwand, Librarian for Digital Collection Development at UCLA and Rare Book School/Mellon Foundation Cultural Heritage Fellow (2020-2022) and co-sponsored by The Bibliographical Society of America.

Series flyer in English

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