Monday, September 14, 7:30 p.m., JRC 101 (Brainstorming/discussion of topic for the zine.)
Tuesday, September 15, 11 – 1:30 p.m., JRC 101 (Hands-on making the zine. Feel free to stop by and work for a few minutes or a few hours.)
Lecture Presentation and Zine Screening: Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m., JRC 101
Two Grinnell College alumni, Carlos Ferguson and Kate In of Tiny Circus, will conduct a collaborative zine-making workshop Sept. 14-16 at Grinnell College. An abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine, a zine is a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images.
Tiny Circus is a community-based organization that uses many different forms of media to create zines that tell stories that are meaningful and engaging for audiences. These media include stop-motion animation, documentary audio and video, and social interaction to explore complex issues.
Sponsored by the Grinnell College Center for the Humanities, the Collaborative Zine-Making Workshop: Practicing Consensus and Communication is free and open to the public. Participants will experience all parts of the creative process and build a wide range of skills, including camera and sound production in animation workshops, as well as collaboration in brainstorming, communicating, and creating together.
The entire workshop will take place in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell. It will begin with a brainstorming session about the topic for the zine at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14.
A hands-on zine-making session will take place from 11 am. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. Individuals may stop by and work for a few minutes or a few hours. Ferguson and In will give a presentation and host the first screening of the zine created at Grinnell at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Ferguson, a 1992 Grinnell graduate and one of the hosts of the workshop, has worked with Tiny Circus for seven years, creating stop-motion animations with community members around the country. After receiving a B.A. in art from Grinnell, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He spends several months in Grinnell and in New Orleans between Tiny Circus tours.
In, a 2013 Grinnell graduate, has been part of Tiny Circus since 2012 and has completed four tours as a full-time collaborator. She majored in sociology and had a Mellon Mays undergraduate fellowship. In addition to facilitating workshops on collaboration and animation with Tiny Circus, she composes and performs instrumental and vocal music and does freelance videography.