Samizdat in the Digital Age. A lecture by Sasha Marshani


From 28 July 2017




Garage Education Center
Samizdat in the Digital Age. A lecture by Sasha MarshaniSamizdat in the Digital Age. A lecture by Sasha Marshani


Moscow illustrator, curator, collector, and author of samizdat Sasha Marshani will trace the development of the culture of printed micro-editions and discuss the original nature of zines by figures such as Raymond Pettibon, Mark Gonzales, Ari Marcopoulos, and Dash Snow.

Alexander Marshani is an expert in Russian and international zine culture and publishes what he calls zine books—DIY journals with photographs and drawings. In his lecture at Garage, he will trace the history of zines and talk about the development of the genre in the era of digital printing and online media. How can self-published one-of-a-kind editions attract contemporary audiences? What are micropublishers and how do they coexist with giants like social media and other online resources? The lecture will also offer an overview of the key styles and techniques in zine publishing.

Focusing on musical zines, and specifically American punk zines that emerged on the US West Coast with the rise of California punk, Marshani will discuss Raymond Pettibon’s early designs for flyers, posters, album covers and t-shirt prints, and his zines that reflect the aesthetics of the subculture. Although today Pettibon is an established artist exhibited in the world’s biggest museums, his more ‘mature’ works are still imbued with a DIY aesthetic.


Alexander Marshani is a collector, artist and designer, the founder of the micro publishing project Samopal Books. He curated the exhibitions GROUND Zine. The Book That’s Not There and GROUND Zine. The Books That Exist and GROUND Zine Fest in 2017.

how to take part

Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.