20 artists, one zine, 500 copies: If you can make it to MoMA today, do it. Do it right now.
In 2013, infamous New York DIY publishing crew 8-Ball, in conjunction with creative agency Alldayeveryday, set up The Newsstand, an everything-goes installation that featured publishing houses, galleries, and individual artists, alike, all banding together under one storefront. Long story short, it was rad enough that founder Lele Saveri, when invited to participate in the MoMA's vaulted Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 show, actually recreated the entire damn thing, right down to the subway tiles, homemade action figures, and, of course, original zines that populated the temporary sanctuary inside the Metropolitan/Lorimer subway stop.
One of the highlights was PauWau Publications'—a.k.a. Andreas Laszlo Konrath and Brian Paul Lamotte—Zine Time, a vending machine that randomly distributed limited edition artist zines for $1. Today, and today alone, Zine Time is back up and running on the third floor of the MoMA, and you can stop by and grab one of 500 copies of a special edition compilation zine featuring the work of 20 artists who participated in the original vending machine.
"When Lele approached us about doing an event with the Moma installation of The Newsstand, we decided that it would be more interesting to remix the 20 zines and present them in a condensed singular zine - this way it wouldn't infringe on the previous edition at all, plus it was a new exciting way to reformat the work and mix it all up together - having a page from each artists zine represented in this catalogue in a way," PauWau's Andreas Laszlo Konrath tells The Creators Project. "Hopefully it represents the Zine Time project in a concise way, so newcomers who visit the Moma installation who didn't see it in its first conception will still feel part of something and that they get a chance to interact with the machine."
"The whole idea of this work is so that the public get to have a hands on involvement in this transaction which almost serves as some kind of performance - it also takes people back to childhood in the days of sticker and baseball card machines - it's exciting to see people be so enthusiastic interacting with this old relic of a mechanism," he continues. "We sourced the machine on eBay, and it was called Sticker Time - hence the name we converted to is Zine Time."
Grab a copy today and hold onto it for dear life. This is one you'll want to keep. And if you can't make it, but are free this weekend, make sure to check out the 8 Ball Zine Fair, now in its eighth edition, this Sunday in Koreatown (details below).