ARTZINES is research project about zines created and selfpublished by contemporary artists.
ARTZINES is a meta-zine (a zine about zines) and an on line database showing the research as a process.
The ARTZINES project has two goals: first to define a new category of artist publications at the crossing of DIY counter culture and contemporary art, second to describe the recent evolution in the field of independent artist publications and self publications over the past 15 years. To achieve this, the project will show how influential the punk scene has been, as one of the last transdisciplinary avant-garde movements in the modern era. By being both an incentive to take action, and a mechanism of self empowerment, the Punk movement planted the seeds of a whole new era in the field of artist publications. Greil Marcus coined this influence as a “Secret history of the 20th century”, an alternative history of art. Continuing on with punk’s legacy, and the history and tradition of the artists’ books, artzines are a subgenre in the broader realm of zines, but they can be divided into as many subgenres as the zines themselves (perzine, queerzine, photozine, graphzine, etc…).