For Tiny Tech Zines, print is high tech
Zine culture might seem an odd fit for the tech sector. But one La-based crew see radical potential in the pairing. Together they organize Tiny Tech Zines. The organizers aim to use the zine fair to support emerging and marginalized tech workers especially.
“There are a lot of important conversations and new voices,” says TTZ organizer Rachel Simanjuntak. She says an outpouring of community enthusiasm validated the need for the zine fest. “Our responsibility was to make a loving, thoughtful space for them.”
But why go lo-fi in response to high tech? TTZ’S Tyler Yin says that for one, print can disrupt suffocating online echo chambers.
“You could easily be missing out on varying perspectives,” Yin says of digital discourse. For him, and in-person print-centric event allows underrepresented creators and tech workers to bridge those different lived experiences.
Organizer Tristan Espinoza challenges the very premise of high vs. low. After all, zines are technology too.
“Part of why we are using zines is to flatten hierarchies and expand people’s ideas of technology beyond screens.” Visit tinytechzines.org. (Stefanie Ucci)