Manchester, May 2012
Self-publishers from all over the country flocked to Manchester's beautiful Edwardian water palace for the second Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention, held during Future Everything and themed 'mass participation and collaboration'.
The day featured a range of stalls, tours, talks on zine libraries, post-punk culture and riot grrrl and feminist zines, a screening of Salford Zine Library's film Self-Publishers of the World Take-Over and an exhibition of posters of inspirational European women taken from the zine Shape & Situate.
A special souvenir programme was produced acting as a guide to the day. Coinciding with the International Year of Co-operatives, Footprint Workers' Co-op gave demonstrations of their risograph and a giant, collaborative fanzine was made throughout the event by participants in linocutting, relief printing, button book binding and collaging workshops using material from the Victoria Baths archive.
Sheffield's Shift Space piloted the use of an augmented reality app which allowed people to explore the local area and point their smartphones at the building to receive visual and audio content, for example visitors could view how the baths looked in the past, in the exact spot where they were standing, by holding their phone at eye level.
Image: Victoria Baths Fanzine Convention poster, Kate Prior