Archive for the ‘zines’ Category
Monday, September 20th, 2010
By Vijay Khurana, Triple J
Being a Sydneysider, I have on occasion fallen victim to that deadly sin of envy regarding Melbourne. It happens to the best of us. Most of the Sydney residents I know would agree: the mere mention of the name among my friends invariably results in a wistful sigh and a comment that could have been lifted from Thomas More’s Utopia. Whether or not this cultural inferiority complex is justified is the topic of another post, or rather an entire blog, but the subtext of this type of conversation remains: everything is better there, especially the creative community.
Along with Melbourne’s reassuring rumble of trams and the fact that the climate allows the wearing of scarves for a greater part of the year, I have always been jealous of a place called Sticky Institute. It’s a zine store, a place where you can buy, sell and even work on zines. (Zines are self-published, DIY-type publications of writing or art, for those who don’t know.) Not only does this magical place exist, it’s also right in the heart of the city, in a tunnel below Flinders Street Station.
It’s hard to even imagine this sort of thing in Sydney; a place focused so much on creativity and community and so little on profit would somehow seem out of place in Sydney’s CBD.
And yet such a place has in fact sprung up in Sydney, nestled amongst the law firms and the bank offices. Cue hopeful piano music! Cue footage of flower growing through a crack in the concrete!