Out of the Grid – Italian Zine 1978-2006

March 27, 2024

Join us for an event exploring OUT OF THE GRID published by les presses du réel. The project presents a critical selection of 100 Italian zines from 1978 to 2006 that display a broad spectrum of social, political, aesthetic, and technological changes in the use of language and communication strategies across the territory of self publishing. Project editor and designer Dafne Boggeri together with book photo editor Ilenia Arosio will present on the project

Widely mapping Italian society, particularly youth culture—over an extended period that can be symbolically defined as the “post-movement” and “pre-internet3.0"—this outpouring of creativity gave visibility to small, imaginative and technical shifts on paper that made mimeographs, photocopiers and offset machines tremble, and often erupted into the need to communicate through other mediums. The titles selected originated from different scenes—musical, social, artistic, literary…—within which the distances between authors and readers is eliminated. To help navigate this multitude of subcultures, each zine is introduced by a profile that provides further analysis and information. No specific structure has been imposed, leaving room for the specific characteristics of each project to emerge.

Published with Sprint (sprintmilano.org) and O’ (on-o.org), Milan.

Edited by Dafne Boggeri with Sara Serighelli. Contribution by Marta Zanoni; interviews with Dafne Boggeri, Gino Gianuizzi, Stefano Gilardino, Glezös, Fabiola Naldi, Lorenza Pignatti, Pietro Rivasi, Giulia Vallicelli [Compulsive Archive].