About Project Vox
As part of Camden VOX, Quiet Down There called Camden’s communities to tell their story and leave their mark on the pages of a zine revealing what it means to live in a democracy in 2018.
A zine is a printed pamphlet or booklet like a magazine containing text and images, usually self-published for short-run distribution by one person or a small group. At the heart of zine-making is the power to communicate personal ideas, thoughts and feelings instantaneously and the freedom to share this information with others through duplication. Cutting, pasting and photocopying are common methods for zine generation.
A zine is a tool for exchanging ideas and a platform for disseminating information. Camden is home to an important archive of the feminist zine, Spare Rib which was an active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. The archive is currently held at the British Library in the Borough of Camden. Spare Rib ran between 1972-93 alongside a shifting landscape for women’s equality, which saw The Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act, come into effect (1975) and employment rights to maternity leave (1994). The zine played an active part in challenging roles and representation of women, proliferating ideas and questioning cultural and structural inequalities.
Inspired by the DIY culture of zine-making, which has its roots in counter-culture under-ground press, activism, punk and fandom, projectVOX platforms the multiple voices that make up the diverse borough of Camden.
Taking its lead from the zine-making culture, projectVOX amplifies lesser-heard voices in the borough. The project responds to questions around the key themes of Camden VOX: POWER, EQUALITY and PLACE with HISTORY threaded through.
During zine-making workshops, groups created their own 8-page zine booklet in response to key VOX questions. Using collage, cut and paste techniques they created their own unique zine to take away, photocopy and leave for someone else to find.
Writer and poet, Adam Webb took up residency in the borough’s civic spaces, libraries and on the street to capture encounters with the people of Camden. Adam built a body of text, crowd-sourced from his conversations with people around VOX topics. Through encounters by bookshelves to conversations in bus-stops and tube stations, Adam wove the language of the people of Camden into the pages of of three zines published over the course of the year. Highlights from zine-making workshops and open submissions from community groups and initiatives in Camden feature in the zines, each one guest edited by a different artist, writer and researcher engaged in debate on equality and democracy.
ZINES PRODUCED IN THIS WORKSHOP ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO PICK UP IN LIBRARIES ACROSS CAMDEN
The full zine series is now online over at:
Links to full screen reader versions: