minizine OPEN CALL
MINI ZINE in FINLAND
Since the end of 2015, Bananafish’s mini zines have travelled to many cities in China, and also to London and Porto. This time, with the help of Northing, Mini zine is heading north. Would you join us to make the palm-sized zine that will travel all around the world?
What is MINI ZINE
Accordion-folded zine is rhythmic, as a piece of music. When you grab an accordion-folded mini zine and read, bet you would have this kind of pleasure
A Foldy zine is a bit more complicated, and more of a craft. It’s more like opening a real book. But when it’s unfolded, it becomes a mini poster.
All Mini Zines were printed with single color Risograph technology in the Riso studio named Pause Bread owned by Bananafish. Risograph or Riso-printer is an environment-friendly and cost effective printer, which uses soy-based inks to produce unique outcomes.The underlying technology is very similar to that of screen printing.
Besides the special way of mixing colors due to the transparency of the soy-based ink, the texture of the result from a Riso-printer also ranges from refined to noisy, and with the slightly inaccuracy in the registration, each page printed by Riso-machine would be highly expressive and unique. This quality matches the aesthetics of hand craft and naiveness behind Mini Zine.
MINI ZINE by KIDs
Mini Zine is also a child-friendly form of creativity. Making Mini Zine is equal to playing a game - it’s an activity of freedom and vitality.
Bananafish has also curated a special edition of Mini Zine by kids while touring with the project in Tianjin. Besides being exhibited in Tianjin as a single unit, selected Mini Zines by kids will also join the rest Mini Zine to tour around the world in the future.
With Mini Zine, Bananafish encourages children to draw and print their imagination, their scribbled inspiration on the paper, thus to enjoy a new form of creativity based on making something physical, something real, something fun.
MINI ZINE City Tours (☟click the pictures for deatils )
In order to showcase Bananafish Mini Zine collection to more readers and to promote the new thinking amoung the young generation of creative people, Bananafish started to tour with the Mini Zine project from city to city since 2015. So far the exhibitions have covered 15 cities in China and abroad, including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, London, and Porto. Currently Bananafish is working together with Ooga Booga Store in Los Angeles, USA and Northing in Bergen, Norway, on planning for the new issues of Mini Zines and the next stops for the City Tours.