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Hacking the quotidian with Mexico’s RRD collective: creative experimentation and transnational collaborations around print technologies and public space

Hacking the quotidian with Mexico’s RRD collective: creative experimentation and transnational collaborations around print technologies and public space

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RRD (Red de Reproducci?n y Distribuci?n / Reproduction and Distribution Network) is an artist collective based in Mexico City that playfully experiments with and remixes traditional print and audiovisual formats and distribution networks to produce and circulate counternarratives intended for a broad public as well as artists and others in publishing/literary realms. The collective will discuss how their projects, publications, and interventions draw upon low tech distribution and printing mechanisms and range from hyperlocal to transnational in scope to address issues such as Covid-19, youth movements and government repression, and information piracy. Their newspaper kiosk in front of the Mexico City metro station Juanacatl?n serves as a public meeting space for their different audiences to encounter each other as well as unconventional printed works (such as zines, artist books, subversive comics) and site specific public art. RRD will discuss the interventions at its kiosk, the publications it houses, and how these elements have translated in its collaborations and workshops (on typography, mimeograph, and risograph) with youth and artists in Taipei, Bangkok, and Bogot?. 

Founded in 2016, RRD - Red de Reproducci?n y Distribuci?n (Reproduction and Distribution Network) is an independent collaborative comprised of seven artists from Mexico City - Paloma G?mez, Joel Castro, Sergio Torres, Alberto Vivar, Lorena ?lvarez, Mar?a Jos? Cruz and Bruno Ruiz. RRD’s work includes collaborations to produce books, publications, zines, videos, installations, and performances in Mexico City, across Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas), and internationally in Canada, Colombia, Taiwan and Thailand. 

T-Kay Sangwand is a Certified Archivist who has worked extensively on preservation partnerships with cultural heritage and human rights organizations in the US, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She is currently the Librarian for Digital Collection Development at UCLA where she manages the Library’s collaborations in Cuba; previously, she was the Archivist for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative and Librarian for Brazilian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a MLIS and MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. In 2017 she was named a Fulbright Specialist in Library and Information Science and in 2018-2019 she was a Fulbright Scholar working with the federal Ministry of Culture in Mexico City. She is currently a 2020-2022 Rare Book School / Mellon Foundation Cultural Heritage Fellow. Outside the library, T-Kay has worked in community radio for nineteen years and occasionally DJs internationally in addition to hosting her monthly radio program The Archive of Feelings on Dublab Radio (LA). She currently volunteers with the LA Tenants Union as a Spanish/English interpreter and is committed to cultivating language justice practices within the union as well as within the information profession.



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