Citizens For The Arts Workshops in Sydney with I-Manifest!

Workshops were led by CFA volunteers in conjunction with the I-Manifest organization. Here is a video from the workshops led by Philip Schrader (Pinhole Camera workshop), Ethan Minsker (Zine making), and Shannon Daugherty (Flag Making & Lexicography using Screenprinting). Each of these workshops were designed so that students could develop and hone their creative skills. The students ranged in age from 14 to 17 and traveled up to two hours from several schools to meet us. At the end of each workshop leftover supplies were given to students to continue what they had learned. Each workshop was supplied with materials that could be accessible in the neighborhood, so students could replicate them with found, or little cost, materials.

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Workshops in Sydney

Pin Hole Camera Workshop with Philip Schraeder

Within this workshop the participants have the possibility to build their own pin whole camera. The camera will be built out of a carton box. A small hole in one side of the box is used as a lens. The picture is exposed at the opposite site on a photographic paper. The participants can also bring small items they like to photograph.

All necessary things like carton, photographic paper, processing liquids will be provided. A dark room would be helpful but is not necessary. The minimum age for participants is 12.

Workshops with Shannon Daugherty

Workshop #1: Flag making. Whether it be a family crest, a royal seal, a sports team, land territories such as claiming a country, every place has its own symbology in its flags. As such, we create what is "ours" using creative designs in conjunction with letter types, shapes, and colors. For this workshop, I propose to connect and rebuild with members of communities that have lost their housing. Ideally, we would help reclaim ownership, dignity, memories, and an overall sense of "home". They say that home is where the heart is, and a person's home is their castle, lets help inspire and open a dialogue about what home is.

Workshop #2: Re-inventing language and letter making.This is a workshop that I regularly do, and provide pre-carved typefaces. I have used these "plates" in multiple workshops around the globe. Each time they are used, they are slightly different, and prove to be continually evolving. I wanted to change direction with this using a lexicographical approach. The idea, as part of our new stronghold, and perhaps in conjunction with the flag making workshop, is to invent a language using existing verbs and adjectives that are part of our everyday vernacular. Think back when you were a kid and spoke "pig latin" for fun. Participants are encouraged to engage with one another and open up dialogues that are important to them, illustrate why they are so important, exploring new ideas and different ways that help to get their point across.

Fanzine workshop with Ethan Minsker

Hand crafted magazines: We will give a short presentation on our fanzine and then teach how to make their own from scratch with paper, scissors, and staplers. Fanzines can give the voiceless a powerful way to reach a larger audience. For myself, making fanzines was a way to build a community of artists who later became the Antagonist Movement. Instructor: Ethan Minsker, NYC editor of Psycho Moto Zine and author of Rich Boy Cries For Momma and Barstool Prophets.

Psycho Moto Zine is a periodical published from the late 1980s to the present, consisting mostly of short stories, reviews, and artwork. The zine was originally published in 1989 under the name East Coast Exchange by Ethan H. Minsker. Copies were produced illicitly by friends who worked in copy shops during Minsker’s college years at School of Visual Arts in New York City and in Washington D.C. during Minsker’s summer breaks.

By 1994 Psycho Moto Zine (PMZ) had transformed into an arts and literary fanzine with reviews that covered underground art, fanzines, films, and music. This connection between different creative elements was the inspiration for what would later become the Antagonist Art Movement.