Paper Cuts: A radio show dedicated to zines and DIY publishing
Paper Cuts is a reading program that features writers, artists, and publishers who share their work in print, on paper, and in small editions. Paper Cuts host, artist, and rabid book maker Christopher Kardambikis began the radio program during a residency at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.
“While at Pioneer Works I developed and taught a ten-week zine course. We looked at a history of zines and DIY/self-publishing and learned methods of production. Throughout the course I always described zines as a search: the need to find people and develop a community made manifest through ink and staples and folded paper. The class was titled, appropriately enough, Paper Cuts.”
The radio project was born out of these zine workshops and within earshot of Clocktower Radio, also housed in Pioneer Works sprawling Red Hook space. This September the Paper Cuts team set out to interview numerous zine and book publishers at Printed Matters’ New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1.
Certain episodes of Paper Cuts can be played or downloaded by subscribing to Clocktower’s iTunes Podcast, along with other Clocktower Radio programs. I recently enjoyed listening to “Felt. Squish.” an episode in which host Christopher Kardambikis interviews Agnes Bolt, Nina Sarnelle, and Scott Andrew of the Institute for New Feeling about their ongoing eFelt book, and recent exhibitions.
The series functions as an extension of the studio for Kardambikis who regularly publishes ambitious and elegantly printed books. The books themselves are bound together using a variety of DIY methods and all of the projects push the boundary, the process and the form of the book medium. Within his Book-a-Month series he explores these parameters when producing a new zine or book project each month, a series he has continued since the beginning of 2014. When exploring the plethora of his creative output you will find associated projects, drawings, prints, and ebooks available for $2.00.
Aside from a further exploration of his own interests Kardambikis confesses that his projects, such as Paper Cuts and Enyclopedia Destructica – a publishing outpost he co-founded in Pittsburgh, allow for him to also explore the people connected to the book craft.
“Every time that I have moved to a new city I’ve ended up creating a publishing project to help me get to know the area and find people that I’ve wanted to work with. Paper Cuts has become a way for me to jump right into the huge self and small publishing world here and get to talk to people and document what they’re working on.”