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Hampstead Revisited

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In 2002, Hampstead Achieved opened at K Jackson's pub in Edinburgh, a popular artists' hangout. The exhibition was a showcase of zine activity from Scotland and beyond. Curated by Alex Pollard and Neil Mulholland, the show was packed with the naughty ideas that one associates with samizdat or under the counter visual material and writing by artists. Fake bands, fake fanzines, biting critique, nonsense visual poetry and unabashed nerdiness provided an intellectual jolt for those who had forgotten their Dadaist spirit (Pollard and Mulholland 2003).

The zine culture of Scotland has now moved on somewhat, sprouting newer and even naughtier zines. The samizdat material included in this journal provides a sample of the kind of sport that would certainly be included if there was ever to be a Hampstead Revisited exhibition.

Keywords: samizdat; self-publishing; zine

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Glasgow School of Art.

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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