Events

Go AFK This Weekend

With Punks, Geeks, and

Zines at This Fair

by Inside Manila Team, October 25, 2019 8:21pm

Art by Allen Mirambel

Events

Go AFK This Weekend With Punks, Geeks, and Zines at This Fair

by Inside Manila Team, October 25, 2019 8:21pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
 

Local independent bookstore Kwago and international electronic music and arts festival WSK Festival of the Recently Possible collaborate to organize a gathering of local and international print and zine artists—The AFK Print and Zine Fair.

AFK, an abbreviation for “away from keyboard,” is an invitation to move away from the virtual world for a while to celebrate the beauty and authenticity of print and physical interactions. “We wanted something that insinuates our love for technology and print. We are mostly on our screens as geeks and we wanted to invite every geek out there to spend their Sunday with us and hold a face-to-face conversation,” says Czyka Tumaliuan, founder of Kwago.

The WSK Festival of the Recently Possible serves a platform for the DIY movement and independent community for sound artists here in the Philippines and abroad. Preoccupied with the principle that technology, sound, and artwork hand-in-hand to create innovative applications of new technologies, WSK, like Kwago, shares an affinity for experimentation and failure.

 
 
 
 
 
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“I really love the affinity of WSK with the DIY movement and community here in the Philippines. Most of the musicians and punks I know in WSK have done a zine or collect prints. The underground music scene and DIY publishing community have always been very tight and supportive of each other. It really made sense to work with Tengal (director of WSK Festival),” says Tumaliuan.

With over 35 print, zine, and F&B vendors, AFK Print and Zine Fair will also feature a tape deck lounge where visitors can chill while listening to cassettes tapes played by United Cassettes and Black Cat Bookstore, with drinks served by Bo’s Coffee and Drunk Barista. Hand-poke tattoo artist Alyanna Ridimann will also be in the fair to do original tattoo designs on visitors.

 
 
 
 
 
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Featuring international zine artists such as Poop Press and Indonesian Visual Art Archive, AFK Print and Zine Fair also serves as the WSK X closing day event, with the WSK festival closing concert happening later that night at Rajah Sulayman Theatre, Intramuros. AFK Print and Zine Fair is supported by The Time of Assassins Literary Guild.


This article is based on a press release from Kwago

 

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